A Prosecutors Perspective on Confidential Informant Legislation

The discussion around “Andrew’s Law” this legislative session has been emotional charged. When a law is named after a person who’s no longer with us and born from a tragic situation, it’s easy to get caught in the idea that we must act and accept the first pitch. Ladd Erickson argues that Senate’s decision to

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Civil Asset Forfeiture Bill Fails by a 46-0 Vote in Senate

In North Dakota, the police can take your property if the feel it has been used in a crime. And the transfer of that property to the state is not dependent on whether you’re convicted or charged with the alleged crime. To put some check and balance in the equation, Representative Rick Becker sponsored a

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A Reason Why UND Chose to Cut Women’s Hockey

The impacts of statewide budget cuts are filtering through nearly every department operating under the State’s umbrella, but nowhere are they more visible than in the University system. The latest casualty is the Woman’s Hockey program at UND. Rob Port with Say Anything Blog provides an economic perspective on why that difficult choice may have

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Whatever Else Comes From the #NoDAPL Protests, Let’s Get North Dakota Cops Some Body Cameras

Rob Port at Say Anything Blog offers up two important conversation points in this article, one of them unintentionally. First, the protest actions have exposed the need for police to be using body cameras, so we should figure out how to get that done. And second — and though not explicitly stated — it’s time

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Life in #NoDAPL Camp: Tensions exist among protesters with different agendas

The first in today’s news feed stories about life in the #NoDAPL protest camps. Rob Port with Say Anything Blog provides some perspective on tensions among protesters with genuine motives for the Tribe and those that have picked up the effort as their cause of the day. Mr. Port’s description of the situation is considerably

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Commentary: Why Does Fargo Keep Giving Tax Dollars Away?

Tony Gehrig is a Fargo City Commissioner who wonders out loud if the Fargo City Commission is using its economic development incentives properly. Though this relates directly to Fargo, the lesson could be applied to any community trying to entice businesses — for example, Minot.

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Opinion: Down With Initiated Measures, Because All American Policymaking Should Be Subject to Checks and Balances

Rob Port makes the argument that no form of law making should be without some type of check and balance, and maybe our statewide initiated measure process is in need of some revision.

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Lawmakers Should Make Regular Public Input a Requirement at Public Meetings

Rob Port makes the argument that North Dakota legislators would do well to put some intentional, explicit places for public input within the governing process. He doesn’t think it has to be all the time or at every meeting, but there should be opportunities codified in law.

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