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JOSH GALLION

The greatest cost of this scandal to our state isn't measured in dollars so much as lost trust in our public servants.
"I think we have a trust issue with the state auditor's office," state Rep. Jason Dockter, a Republican, said on this episode of Plain Talk.
"The biggest problem with the measure is it robs voters of the right to elect legislators they continue to support," the letter states.
It's time for state officials to get serious about this. There are too many red flags, too many convenient connections between family, political allies, and business partners, for us to believe that this deal was above board.

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Did Rep. Jason Dockter, a Bismarck-area Republican, really think that this sort of dealing, assuming it's all technically in compliance with state law, would pass the smell test with the public? If he didn't, he's a fool, and if he did, you have to wonder why he went ahead with it anyway.
The audit, which covered a two-year period ending June 30, 2020, revealed that 13 state previously terminated employees and 28 contractors who had finished their work in the building still had active card access.
Just last month the State Supreme Court found that a lower court believed a police officer's lie about his reason for a traffic stop that resulted in a DUI arrest despite what was shown on the cop's body camera. Now we learn that not only are local cops sloppy in their use of breath test machines, failing to replace expired canisters, but the devices our state has been using aren't as reliable as we'd like.
"We are looking purely at the system. It's not about contesting the outcome," Gallion says.
Not only were hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of purchases made outside of the procurement policy required by state law, the North Dakota University System policy, and DSU policy, but this has been an on-going problem for three audits now.
The American political system works through adversity. At any given time a governing faction holds majorities, and the out-of-power faction serves as the loyal opposition, holding the majority accountable. The Democratic-NPL is clearly terrible at this.

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The Department of Agriculture disputes the finding, saying in response to the audit that it had the authority to use the funds for matching salaries tied to the Outdoor Heritage Fund grant, which provides funding to the program.
MINOT, N.D. — We made it to another mailbag Friday, my friends.
"We are working on the how. We are not working on the when."

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