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Print Column: Lawmakers Should Come Back Into Session to Fix Their Shameful Auditor Mistake

Print Column: Lawmakers Should Come Back Into Session to Fix Their Shameful Auditor Mistake

MINOT, N.D. — During the waning days of the 2019 legislative session the budget for the state auditor’s office was sneakily amended to severely limit the autonomy of that office. The amendment requires the auditor to go begging to the Legislature for permission to conduct performance audits. The Legislature, essentially, gave themselves a veto over

Print Column: Heidi Heitkamp Is Probably Running for Governor in 2020

MINOT, N.D. — Here’s a bold prediction: Former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is probably going to run for governor. I don’t think she wants to be president of the University of North Dakota. Her name has been thrown around a bit for that job, and while she’s played coy when asked if she’d take the gig, that’s probably more

Print Column: North Dakota No Longer Has an Independent Auditor Thanks to Burgum, Legislature

MINOT, N.D. — In the closing days of the 2019 legislative session lawmakers amended the budget for the Auditor’s Office to include language gutting that office’s authority. Under this new language, the state auditor is on a leash held in the hands of the Legislature. His office may only initiate performance audits of state agencies with the

Print Column: Subjecting Mark Kennedy to an Ideological Litmus Test Is Unfair

MINOT, N.D. — Once upon a time I thought Mark Kennedy was going to be a good leader for the University of North Dakota. I cheered when he made tough decisions like closing down the women’s hockey program which bled money because, despite vocal support from some, few showed up to watch the games or

Print Column: Congressional Hearing on Voter ID Was a Shame and a Sham

MINOT, N.D. — You probably read some headlines this weekabout a congressional hearing, hosted on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, at which North Dakota’s voter ID laws were characterized as a calculated effort to suppress Native American voters. In truth the field hearing was a sham. A partisan stunt choreographed to produce the very headlines you

Print Column: Don’t Let Politicians Deflect Criticism by Playing Victim

MINOT, N.D. — The idea that President Donald Trump put Rep. Ilhan Omar in danger because he tweeted criticism of her is absurd. And yet, it’s become a talking point for Democrats up to and including certain candidates who would like to replace Trump in the White House. Trump’s criticism of Omar’s remarks about the 9/11 attacks

Print Column: There Should Be Consequences for Refusing to Vaccinate

MINOT, N.D. – Over the last week I’ve published a print column and a podcast about the vaccination issue, noting the resurgence of communicable diseases like measles and the rise in the number of North Dakota parents opting their children out of vaccines. The response to these pieces was ugly. My inbox and social media feeds filled up with