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University System Looking At President's Emails Is "Chilling" Says Legislator Who Works For Said President

University System Looking At President's Emails Is "Chilling" Says Legislator Who Works For Said President

Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks In a Valley News Live report about the controversy over NDSU President Dean Bresciani’s deleted emails, state Senator Tim Flakoll suggests that the real controversy is the fact that the North Dakota University System office was accessing those emails. Bresciani states in the letter several times that

NDGOP: Voters Should Be Proud We Can Spend Like Democrats

Fresh on the heels of House Majority Leader Al Carlson and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner’s column in The Grand Forks Herald yesterday, equating the compassion of the NDGOP with money spent by the Legislative Assembly they control, comes a report issued by the Governor’s Office and Legislative leadership equating the success of the 63rd

Question of the Week: Will Dalrymple Actually Take a Position on the Abortion Bills?

This past week in the legislature was not short of drama in the least, with the topic of abortion taking center stage both in the Capitol as well as on national news. Three Senate-sponsored pieces of pro-life legislation got through the people’s chamber, joining two House Bills passed by the Senate earlier in the second

Guest Post: The Legislature Must Tame The WAWS Monster

In 2011, the North Dakota Legislature approved the creation of a water project commonly known as WAWS (the official name is Western Area Water Supply Authority). The concept behind WAWS was very well intended: create a rural water system that would provide infrastructure and water to communities in western North Dakota and pay for the

The Myth of the Republican Super Majority

By the numbers, the NDGOP can claim a super-majority in both chambers of the Legislature (as well as within the state government elected offices). The House claims 71 of 94 seats as Republican-controlled, with 33 of 47 in the Senate. They never hesitate to bring up the fact a super majority exists, and it does

Question of the Week: It's Almost Halftime, How Has the Legislature Been Playing?

This week marks the “two minute warning” before the end of the first half of play in the 63rd Legislative Assembly. Friday, March 1st marks crossover, when all bills introduced in one chamber of the Legislature must either be voted down or, if approved, be given to the other chamber. The Legislators will then retire

NDSU Maintains Insufficient Records on Aircraft Usage

Most often bloggers, journalists, and citizens conduct open records requests to discover what antics and activities their government has been up to at the expense of the taxpayer. As we have seen here on SAB, the results of those inquiries can be very revealing, and very embarrassing for whichever agency or public official was the

Dorso Column: The Legislature Is In The Swing Of Things Now

Your legislators are in to the swing of things now. There are 468 House bills and 375 Senate bills which will have to be dealt with. There is always the possibility of delayed bills being introduced after the deadlines the House and Senate have imposed on themselves, but that shouldn’t be a significant number. As

ND Legislature Hall Of Shame Week 3: Rep. Bob Skarphol

This week’s Hall of Shame honoree is Rep. Bob Skarphol of Tioga. Skarphol is the sponsor of HB1189, which would seek to target out-of-state drivers with larger speeding fines than in-state drivers while rewarding law enforcement agencies who target out-of-state drivers over in-state drivers with the revenues from the tickets they write. Here’s the text:

Dorso Column: The North Dakota House Trends More Conservative Than The Senate

I spent some time this week analyzing the makeup of the standing committees for the coming legislative session. As bills are taken up by each committee we will have a better idea of the characteristics and tendencies of the individual members and their committees as a whole. That being said, I’ll attempt to give the

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