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North Dakota Auditor Now Seems to Be Routinely Referring Audits for Criminal Investigation

North Dakota Auditor Now Seems to Be Routinely Referring Audits for Criminal Investigation

North Dakota Auditor Josh Gallion recently referred two of his recent audits to law enforcement for investigation for possible criminal charges. One was related to the withholding of email records at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. The Cass County State’s Attorney reviewed the matter and reported not finding any infractions which

North Dakota Attorney General Asks for Law Enforcement Investigation Into Commerce Department Audit Findings

In September, Auditor Josh Gallion’s office released the report of an audit of the North Dakota Commerce Department. You can read the full report at the link above, but this is a summary of the findings: In a response included in the audit report, the Commerce Department agreed that funds were not used in the

Attorney General: City Violated Open Meetings Law by Holding Council Meeting Out of Town

Often entities of North Dakota’s government, particularly local governments and committees and agencies, hold meetings far from their usual place of business. I’ve been critical of this practice in the past, such as when a board at North Dakota State University decided to hold an annual meeting in Minneapolis. How can a meeting of a

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Forum News Service file photo

Guest Post: Kudos to Attorney General Stenehjem for Joining Fight Against Illegal Robocalls

This guest post was submitted by Cheryl Riley, president of AT&T Northern Plains Three cheers to North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for joining with 50 other states attorneys general, AT&T and 11 other national telephone companies to help protect customers from illegal robocalls. This is a great move for North Dakotans tired of receiving these

Former Fargo parks director Joel Vettel

Attorney General: Fargo Park Board Broke the Law With Meeting at Which Former Director Joel Vettel Resigned

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has concluded that the Fargo Park Board broke open meeting law with too-vague agenda for a meeting at which former parks director Joel Vettel resigned. “The vague topic ‘HR/Staff review’ did not sufficiently describe the specific topic the commmission [sic] clearly knew it would be discussing at the special

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announces the filing of a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and their role in the opiod crisis on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, during a press conference at First Step Recovery in south Fargo. David Samson / Forum News Service

The Problem for All These Opioid Lawsuits Is Germany

The State of North Dakota is suing the pharmaceutical industry over the opioid crisis (the suit was recently dismissed but apparently there will be an appeal). In addition to the state, 19 of North Dakota’s cities and counties have also been persuaded as of June to file suit against “big pharma” as well. Nationally, pretty

FILE PHOTO: Wayne Stenehjem, during a stop in Fargo May 19, 2016. (Dave Wallis/The Forum)

Plain Talk: As Many as 175,000 North Dakota Could Seek Pardons for Marijuana Convictions

“We could be looking at upward of 175 to 179 thousand who have this issue.” That’s what Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said on this episode of Plain Talk, referring to a streamlined process to allow those with minor convictions for marijuana-related crimes to apply for pardons. Stenehjem sits on a constitutionally-established board which makes recommendations

North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson John Hageman / Forum News Service

Lots of Eggs for Lots of Faces as Lawmakers Say They’ll Abandon Attacks on State Auditor’s Powers

Earlier this week state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion stating that legislation passed earlier this year to limit the powers of the state Auditor would likely be found to be unconstitutional if it were challenged in court. Now at least one legislative leader – Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, a Republican from Dickinson

The Government Can’t Have It Both Ways in the War on Opiate Abuse

The State of North Dakota – and, separately, multiple political subdivisions of the state – are suing the pharmaceutical industry for its alleged contributions to the opioid epidemic. The politics of this are obvious. The pharmaceutical industry – like the tobacco industry, the target of a similar litigation not so long ago – is not

Wayne Stenehjem, during a stop in Fargo on May 19, 2016. Dave Wallis / Forum News Service file photo

North Dakota’s Lawsuit Against the Opioid Industry Got Tossed and That’s Probably a Good Thing

I’m not convinced that the State of North Dakota should be successful in its lawsuit against the opioid industry. Clearly a district court judge feels the same way. Yesterday Judge James Hill of Burleigh County tossed North Dakota’s suit against Purdue Pharma. In that suit, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem accused the company of engaging in “an

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