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Citing "Legal Limbo" Fargo Democrat Scot Kelsh Latest Legislator To Retire

Rep. Scot Kelsh, a Demcorat representing Fargo’s District 11, told me this morning that he’s not running for re-election in 2014. “Not stating any reasons at this time,” he told me. “I’ll just say that it is time to move on. Some things in legal limbo.” Not sure if that last comment is a reference

Two Fargo Republican Legislators Announce They Won't Be Running For Re-Election

Two Fargo-area Republican legislators – Senator Tony Grindberg and Rep. Joe Heilman – have announced that they won’t be running for re-election in 2014. Grindberg is the double-dipping former NDSU employee and, it could be said, leader of the “Bison Caucus” in the legislature. An interesting bit of trivia that’s apropos of nothing: Both Grindberg

Open Record NDSU Spinoff Tried To Hide Was $28,800 Contract With Republican State Senator

In pre-Christmas news dump, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion finding that an North Dakota State University spin-off corporation – NDSU Research Park Ventures, LLC – had violated open records laws when they denied a request from a SAB reader regarding a contract discussion. The AG’s office ordered the contract released, and

"A Billion Dollars In Tax Cuts May Not Result In Much Savings For You"

“We’re sending back more money than we’ve ever sent to political subdivisions and the taxes aren’t going down,” said House Majority Leader Al Carlson of the alleged property tax relief passed by the legislature in recent years. “If they don’t think the people are going to figure this out, they’re kidding themselves.” Rep. Carlson said

Now That The Board Has Voted, Will The Campaign Against Chancellor Shirvani Stop?

Though it was passed during a contentious meeting, and though the vote wasn’t unanimous, the State Board of Higher Education issued a resolution expressing confidence in embattled Chancellor Hamid Shirvani. Meanwhile, in the legislature, the state Senate has already passed an appropriation authorizing a buyout of Shirvani’s contract (a de facto vote of no confidence),

Senate Votes To Create $400 Million Tuition Subsidy

Higher education has been the subject of much debate in North Dakota. Currently the state’s university presidents are in the process of trying to push out a reform-minded Chancellor who wants to raise academic and admissions standards in the state. And for good reason, because the state’s remediation and graduation rates are atrocious. The university

ND Senate Votes Down One Higher Ed Reform Amendment

Yesterday I wrote about five proposals for reforming the governance of North Dakota’s university system. Today one of those proposals got shot down in the state Senate. SCR4028, introduced by Senator Joe Miller, went down on a 13-34 vote with no debate other than comments in support from the sponsor. What’s interesting is that the

ND Legislator Wants To Create A Nearly Half-Billion College Tuition Entitlement

In the 2007 legislative session, state Senator Tony Grindberg proposed a bill that would have had state taxpayers paying directly for the tuition of college students coming out of the state’s public school system. The students who have had to meet certain basic requirements, but it would have meant that most college-bound students would have

Open Meetings Accusations Against Shirvani Are A Distraction

Last week a former lawyer for the North Dakota University System – one who was fired by embattled Chancellor Hamid Shirvani, if that gives us any insight into his motives – sent an email full of accusations to Shirvani’s legislative enemies. Specifically, state Senator Tony Grindberg. That email has since been introduced to the State