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North Dakota’s Local Governments Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Ban Public Input at Open Meetings

North Dakota’s Local Governments Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Ban Public Input at Open Meetings

North Dakota’s open records and open meetings laws are very, very good. But one loophole in them is that, while they require that almost all public meetings be open to the public, there is no legal requirement for public involvement in those meetings. That loophole has begun to manifest itself in some troubling ways. One

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Can A City Commission Block Someone From Speaking Because Of What They Might Say?

Over at Watchdog today I write about a situation in Valley City where city officials prohibited a man from speaking to the city commission because of what he might say. What local businessman Bob Drake wanted to tell city commissioners is that Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson should be terminated immediately, instead of being

Valley City Bans Citizen From Addressing City Council

I think the folks leading the City of Valley City need to look up what the term “prior restraint” means. According to this report in the Fargo Forum, a local citizen who wants to disband the city’s police department and fire the police chief immediately was prohibited from addressing the city council because of what he might have

Anti-Smoking Activists Want To Ban E-Cig Flavors Because Think Of The Children

The full-on assault on e-cigarettes from people supposedly motivated by public health has been nothing short of remarkable. That vaping is a much more healthy alternative to smoking, likely to improve more lives than the untold billions of public dollars spent on anti-smoking campaigns, is apparently lost on these people. If it looks like smoking, than

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