Tag Archives: transparency

ed schafer

Some Advice For Ed Schafer On Open Records Reform

Some Advice For Ed Schafer On Open Records Reform

If there’s something former Governor and current University of North Dakota President Ed Schafer knows a thing or two about it’s pushing policy changes through the legislative process. So when he says he’s going to back legislation to change North Dakota open records laws to exempt information about the first round of applicants for university

und

University System Attempt To Keep Withdrawn UND President Applicants A Secret Backfires

Last week we learned that the North Dakota University System had received 40 applications for the position as the next president of the University of North Dakota, but noted somewhat forcefully by the NDUS was three of the applicants had withdrawn due to the state’s open records laws. The NDUS didn’t identify who these people

universityofnorthdakota

Three Withdraw From UND Presidential Search Because Of Open Records Laws

North Dakota university system officials – who, in news I posted earlier today, have proven once again that they cannot be trusted – hate transparency and open records. They propose exemptions to the law all the time so that they can do more business outside of the light of public scrutiny. One of their most

d-minus-school-letter-grade

North Dakota’s Center For Public Integrity Ranking Isn’t Worth Much

Yesterday I was quoted in Tu-Uyen Tran’s article about a report from the Center for Public Integrity – a left-wing group with ties, in the past at least, to the Soros network of funding – giving North Dakota a D- for integrity. I did two lengthy interviews with Tran, who worked as a freelancer on

CHpL6P3WEAE_BDe

Corporate Farming Referendum Proves We Need More Transparency For Petition Committees

The North Dakota Farmer’s Union appears to have successfully referred reforms to the state’s ban on corporate farming to the ballot (SB2151 passed earlier this year). The North Dakota Secretary of State’s office, which is currently reviewing petitions submitted by the NDFU, is saying that it seems likely that the group got the requisite number of

transparency

Why Not Require Full Campaign Disclosure From North Dakota Politicians?

“A new North Dakota State University study argues North Dakota’s campaign finance laws have a ‘blind spot’ that could be hindering the transparency of its elections,” reports John Hageman for the Fargo Forum today. “North Dakota law only requires campaign committees to report the names and organizations that have contributed more than $200, and not for those

NDSU

Attorney General: NDSU Development Foundation Hid Negotiations With Former CEO From Public

Yesterday Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion in response to an open meetings complaint filed by myself (and apparently also by Fargo Forum editor Matt Von Pinnon) regarding the resignation of former NDSU Development Foundation CEO Doug Mayo. You can read the complete opinion below, but Stenehjem basically found that the Foundation broke the law

North-Dakota-Attorney-General-Wayne-Stenehjem-3x2-638x425

Kudos To Stenehjem For Addressing Open Records Problems

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has a column in the Grand Forks Herald today regarding open records laws and the problems some in our state have with following them. There was a bill before the Legislature earlier this session which would have put in place fines for repeat violators of open records/open meetings laws, but

johnson

House Votes Down Bill Which Would Have Made Lawmaker Record Requests Public

Over the last several years the North Dakota University System been plagued with scandal and controversy, a lot of it owing to things revealed by way of records requests with some of those requests originating with lawmakers. In response to that problem the university system – through their employee, bill sponsor Senator Tim Flakoll of

Screen_Shot_2013-12-01_at_8.39.23_PM

John Olsrud: Make No Mistake, North Dakota Has Ethics Issues

The North Dakota House of Representatives recently killed a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to create an ethics commission for North Dakota state government. I am not sure if an ethics commission is the answer, but I have a few bridges I would like to sell to those people who say we have no

Top