Can North Dakota afford to slow down the oil boom?

By   /  April 24, 2014  /  North Dakota  /  No Comments

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Dr. Lyle Best is a chemist who lives near Watford City in the heart of North Dakota’s booming oil company.

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ND legislative leader asks for donations on official state letterhead

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  North Dakota  /  No Comments

FUNDRAISING PITCH: North Dakota House Minority Leader Kenton Onstead, a Democrat from District 4, sent this fundraising letter printed on state letterhead to a group of lobbyists.

By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — House Minority Leader Kenton Onstad, a Democrat representing District 4, raised eyebrows when he sent out a fundraising letter to lobbyists on official state letterhead bearing the state seal.
That’s because it’s against North Dakota law to use public resources or the state seal for political purposes. [...]

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Legal battles over anti-abortion laws costs ND taxpayers nearly $330,000

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  North Dakota  /  No Comments

ABORTION FIGHT: In 2013 the North Dakota state Legislature passed four anti-abortion laws. Legal battles over two of them have cost taxpayers nearly $330,000 so far.

When the North Dakota’s Legislature passed four anti-abortion bills during the 2013 session, it expected a fight in court.

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Despite trouble, conservation revenue backers paying petitioners again

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

PAID PETITIONING: North Dakotans for Clean Water Wildlife and Parks, a coalition of interests backing a ballot measure to divert oil tax revenues to conservation projects, is using paid petition circulators again even after getting burned by signature fraud in the 2012 election cycle.

By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — A coalition backing a ballot measure to divert oil revenue to conservation, stung by signature fraud two years ago, is again looking to hire petitioners.
A posting on North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife & Parks’ Facebook page links to a Craigslist ad for a position in Grand Forks for [...]

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ND may see as many as seven initiated measures on November ballot

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  North Dakota  /  No Comments

BUSY BALLOTS: North Dakota voters will have a particularly busy year considering a number of ballot measures. The June primary ballot has one measure approved, while the November ballot has four and may see as many as three more that are still being circulated.

The 2014 election year may be a particularly busy one for voters, as the November ballot features perhaps as many as seven initiated measures that must be decided.

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