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State Senator Scott Meyer carries SB2135 on the Senate floor.

Video: State Senate Passes Legislation Creating Commission to Review Initiated Measure Process

Video: State Senate Passes Legislation Creating Commission to Review Initiated Measure Process

Today the Senate, on a 38-8 vote, passed SB2135 which creates a commission during the 2017-2019 legislative interim to review the initiated measure process and determine if any changes need to be made with it. The commission would be funded with a $25,000 appropriation and would be made up of the North Dakota Chamber of

The State Hospital in Jamestown as seen in 2004

Video: Senate Shoots Down Legislation Removing the State Hospital From the Constitution

Roughly 132 years ago, four years before statehood, the leaders of the Dakota Territory created in law the requirement for a state hospital in Jamestown. Those early politicians did that with a lot of the state’s institutions. Today we have constitutional mandates for the missions and locations of everything from our public universities to the

State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, pictured in 2015, says nothing is off the table as she considers her office's budget. (TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO)

Republicans, Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Eliminate State Treasurer’s Office

During the 2016 election cycle state Senator Tim Mathern, the Democratic candidate for Treasurer, built what little there was of his campaign around the idea of eliminating the Treasurer’s office. Not many voters bought it. Mathern got less than 30 percent of the vote while Republican incumbent Kelly Schmidt earned a fourth term in office

State Senator Tim Mathern, a Democrat from Fargo, wants to remove language mandating the existence and location of the North Dakota State Hospital from the state constitution. Photo via ND.gov

Let’s Take All State Institution Mandates, Including the State Hospital, Out of the Constitution

State Senator Tim Mathern, a Democrat from Fargo who is also his party’s candidate for Treasurer this election cycle, wants to remove the language from the state constitution mandating that the State of North Dakota operate a State Hospital in Jamestown. He thinks the mandate for a large facility in a specific geographic location is

North Dakota's candidates for State Treasurer in the 2016 election cycle. From the left, state Senator Tim Mathern, a Democrat, incumbent Kelly Schmidt, a Republican, and Libertarian candidate Eric Olson.

Audio: North Dakota State Treasurer Candidates Debate Whether the Office Should Even Exist

Yesterday on my radio show I had the three candidates for state Treasurer on for a debate. One of these candidates – Democratic challenger Tim Mathern, who is also a state Senator from Fargo – wants to close the office down. “We have too many state agencies dealing with our,” Mathern said, arguing that the

State Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla, announces his run for governor on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party headquarters in Bismarck, N.D.

Marvin Nelson’s Pro-Life Record Is a Headache for Democrats

Karla Rose Hanson is a Democrat running for the state House in District 44. Current the House seats in that district are held by Republican Blair Thoreson and Democrat Josh Boschee. In a letter to the Fargo Forum recently, Hanson hit Thoreson for voting for a pro-life constitutional amendment which ultimately died on the statewide ballot:

Brilliant: Democratic Candidate For Treasurer Wants To Eliminate Office If Elected To It

Well played, Senator Mathern. Well played. Mathern said Tuesday he believes the duties of the treasurer’s office can easily be split up between the Office of Management and Budget, Bank of North Dakota and state tax commissioner’s office. “This is nothing against Kelly Schmidt,” he said. “This is an issue of right-sizing government, of saving

North Dakota Democrats Get Last Minute Candidates For Treasurer, PSC, Insurance Commissioner

North Dakota Democrats closed out their state convention last weekend with four statewide candidate slots left empty. Today, right at the deadline for filing candidates for the June primary ballot, they added three candidates for Treasurer, Public Service Commissioner, and Insurance Commissioner. State Senator Tim Mathern of Fargo will be running for Treasurer, challenging Republican incumbent

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North Dakota High School Assignment: Tell Lawmakers To Raise Taxes

Should schools teach our kids what to think? Or how to think? Over at Watchdog today I write about an assignment at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo which made students write to state lawmakers urging them to raise tobacco taxes. The assignment was born of an American Lung Association presentation at a teacher conference

Lawmakers Send Bill Requiring Special Elections For US Senate Vacancies To Governor

The rumor in North Dakota political circles is that U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp wants to return to North Dakota to run for governor in 2016. Confirming how much truth in that rumor is the furious opposition to HB1181 from Democrats in the North Dakota legislature. That bill, introduced by Rep. Roscoe Streyle (R-Minot) would change

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