Taking advantage of last year’s petition signature scandal, some legislators have proposed to tighten up the procedure by which citizens can initiate laws, refer acts of the Legislature and amend the constitution.
Not even Christmas can escape the divisive polarization that has embittered American politics. Christmas peace is being disrupted by an evolving controversy between the advocates of “Merry Christmas” and the revisionists who want “Happy Holidays.” It’s the devil’s wedge issue.
Since my column on signature fraud in the initiative and referendum process appeared two weeks ago, Secretary of State Al Jaeger and I have been exchanging notes about the problem and likely solutions.
The removal of the natural resources initiative from the ballot due to fraudulent signatures will not only give the sponsors an opportunity to build a stronger case for their proposal but it will also force policymakers to give serious consideration to better budgeting for effective use of the huge surplus filling the treasury with oil money.
According to USA Today, 90 million people (45 percent of the electorate) will not vote in the upcoming November election. Among them will be 175,000 North Dakotans, or 35 percent of our eligible electorate.
If you celebrated the founding of America on July 4th, I am compelled to ask you for an explanation. We have become a country of such malcontents and ingrates that I wonder if there is anything good to celebrate.
In the recent Forum Communications poll, 56 percent of those intending to vote on June 12 indicated they would vote yes on Measure No. 4 to retire the Fighting Sioux logo while 44 percent said that they intended to vote no to keep the logo.
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