Tag Archives: Wayne Stenehjem

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Public Meetings Held Out of State Should Be Illegal

Public Meetings Held Out of State Should Be Illegal

Back in 2012 I requested from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office an opinion on open meetings law as it applied to a supposedly public meeting of North Dakota State’s Technology and Research Park which was held in Minneapolis. How in the world can a meeting be open to North Dakotans if it is held hundreds

Voters at Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Forks fill out their ballots early Tuesday, June 14, 2016, for the North Dakota primary election. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

In Court Arguments, State of North Dakota Argues That Heitkamp’s 2012 Election Victory Couldn’t Be Verified

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office is in the process of defending North Dakota’s voter ID laws from a legal challenge. Those laws were enjoined by a federal judge shortly before the 2016 election, and the judge required that the state go back to allowing people without ID’s as long as they sign affidavits saying they

FILE PHOTO: North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Lawmaker Criticizes Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for Signing Letter Urging Congress to Review Legality of Bump Stocks

Rep. Luke Simons is a Republican lawmaker from Dickinson. In a Facebook post yesterday, he took aim at Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for signing a letter with a group of other attorneys general urging Congress to act on “bump stocks,” which are devices designed to be used with semi-automatic firearms to increase their rate of

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

Audio: Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem Says Constitutional Carry Hasn’t Slowed Demand for Concealed Carry Permits

Earlier this year North Dakota lawmakers passed “constitutional carry” legislation which essentially allows any lawful gun owner to carry a firearm concealed without a permit. Yesterday, during a radio interview about national reciprocity legislation (which passed the House last night), Stenehjem said there’s still plenty of demand for permits despite that reform. “I thought…we’d see

Josh Swanson, an attorney representing the Wilkinson family, presents his arguements to the justices of the North Dakota Supreme Court in the Wilkinson v. Board of University and School Lands case on Monday at the state Captiol in Bismarck. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Draft Legislation Would Prohibit AG’s Office From Providing Legal Counsel for Boards the AG Sits On

The State of North Dakota asks a lot from its statewide elected officials. In addition to the duties of their specific elected office, these folks are also asked to sit on a myriad of governing boards. For instance, the powerful Industrial Commission which overseas oil and gas development in the state (among other things) has

Wayne Stenehjem at the North Dakota Capitol on Oct. 27, 2016. (Sam Easter/Forum News Service)

Sean Foss: AG Stenehjem’s Recent Performance Illustrates Need for Independent Counsel on Open Records/Meetings Opinions

On October 27, 2017, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an Open Records and Meetings opinion regarding a recent visit to North Dakota by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. During a meeting on the NDSU campus that was closed to the public but included both Governor Doug Burgum and Attorney General Stenehjem, Pruitt discussed the controversial Waters

Sen. Heidi Hietkamp, D-N.D. David Samson / The Forum

Senator Heitkamp Played Politics and Ended up Giving Obama a Big Win for His Environmental Legacy

How has Senator Heidi Heitkamp managed to be the only Democrat elected on North Dakota’s statewide ballot since 2008? She invests a lot of time and energy posturing herself as a moderate who frequently dissents against the liberal orthodoxy of her fellow Democrats. A the policy area where she most often does this is energy,

Chancellor Hagerott Blames Republican Politics for His Problems, but That Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

Last week Chancellor Mark Hagerott was stung by the revelation of an unflattering performance review from 2016 – one alleging gender bias and inappropriate behavior – as well as an accusation claiming fired Vice Chancellor Lisa Feldner to make room in his budget to hire a former colleague of his from the Navy. This week

Self-Described “Outsider” Senate Candidate Touts 34 Endorsements From the Good Old Boys Club

If you needed evidence of how befuddled state Senator Tom Campbell’s campaign for the U.S. Senate is already, look no further than today’s press release touting 34 endorsements from state lawmakers. “Tom Campbell – a conservative farmer, outsider, and business leader – announced today that over thirty North Dakota legislators have endorsed his campaign for the U.S.

Doug Burgum, winner of the Republican gubernatorial primary, holds a press conference with running mate Brent Sanford on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

State Water Commission May Have Flubbed Meeting Where Drought Relief Was Approved

Yesterday, acting on a reader tip, I sent in an open records request to Governor Doug Burgum’s office. What I was looking for was evidence that the commission had held an illegal meeting. This afternoon Burgum’s office sent out a press release headlined, “Newly appointed State Water Commission to meet next week, address issue raised