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Attorney General: Higher Ed Board Violated Open Meetings Law Again

Attorney General: Higher Ed Board Violated Open Meetings Law Again

Earlier today I noted that the North Dakota University System has violated open meetings/records laws no fewer than 17 times since 2010. Make this number 18. Currently the university system is trying to fire their chief compliance officer Kirsten Franzen for, in part, allegedly tipping me off to a State Board of Higher Education meeting

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Did The State Board Of Higher Education Break Open Meeting Laws?

According to records from the Attorney General’s office, the North Dakota University System has broken open records and open meetings laws no fewer than 17 times since 2010. According to the AG’s office in the next few days they’ll be issuing an opinion on my complaint over a meeting earlier this year in which they sent

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NDSU Pres. Dean Bresciani Cuts And Runs From Email Demands

Earlier this year NDSU President Dean Bresciani was throwing a fit over a plan to unify the North Dakota University System’s email accounts. After being accused multiple times of deleting emails on purpose to evade open records requests, Bresciani argued that it would be a “terrible embarrassment” for the university system if NDSU was forced

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Skogen Attempts To Minimize Dickinson State University Foundation Fiasco

There’s no question that the chaotic finances at the Dickinson State University Foundation – which features the apparently wrongful use of restricted funds which may well rise to the level of a crime – is a scandal. That’s the accurate word for it. But today at a meeting of the State Board of Higher Education

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University System Proposes Exempting Personnel Reviews Of Presidents From Open Records

At today’s meeting of the State Board of Higher Education Chancellor Larry Skogen announced a list of proposed bills for the upcoming session of the Legislature next year. Among them, as you can see from this tweet from the official NDUS account, is an exemption from open records laws for personnel reviews of the university

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Hoeven On Heitkamp Wanting Credit For Keystone: “I’m Not Going To Get Into That”

Back before the Keystone XL vote Senator Heidi Heitkamp took to twitter to scold Republicans for trying to take credit for getting a vote on the pipeline: Now is time to work together. Disappointed some Sen on other side are trying 2 take credit for #KXL vote. All sides deserve equal credit. — Sen. Heidi

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Lawmakers Say They Won’t “Rubber Stamp” Appointment Of Higher Ed Board President

As I write this Tom Meredith, a consultant higher by the State Board of Higher Education, is warning board members that the defeat of Measure 3 earlier this month was not an endorsement from voters for their job performance. The Legislature seems to agree. Indeed, in just the few weeks since Measure 3 failed the

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House Passes Legislation To Prohibit Regulation Based On “Secret Science”

Back in August House Republicans, including North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer, released what they described as secret maps created by the EPA in relation to controversial Waters of the U.S. regulations. Many believe those maps represent areas (and by areas I mean pretty much the entirety of North Dakota) the EPA intends to exercise regulation

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Heidi Heitkamp, Party Switcher?

At Hot Air, Ed Morrissey says the Keystone debacle may have a couple of Senate Democrats “on the radar” for switching sides. “Even the Democratic leadership in the Senate left Landrieu twisting in the wind, which prompted public disgust from Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp, two Democrats that might be on the GOP radar for

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