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CHET POLLERT

Majority Leader Chet Pollert talks about his consequential career in the Legislature, including work as an influential appropriator and as a majority leader under whose leadership a lawmaker was expelled for the first time in history. Also, Rep. Michael Howe talks about a potential run for secretary of state.
"Please deal with the science, not the hype and fear. Please deal with reality, not the free money You are developing a cult-like following," Rep. Jeff Hoverson, a Lutheran pastor, continued in an email sent after midnight to every member of the Department of Health.
A proposal to give up to $350 dollars in income tax credits to North Dakota residents drew overwhelming support in the House on Thursday even after GOP leadership had voiced opposition to the idea.
Sen. Nicole Poolman, a Republican from Bismarck first elected in 2012, cited personal and professional reasons for leaving elected office. She wants to focus more on what she described as her "real" job as a teacher, and also on the needs of her son who has an intellectual disability.

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"I may be censured tomorrow," Rep. Jeff Hoverson told me when he called about the incident. He blamed his irritability on COVID-19 which has given him a "brain fog," though he added that's "no excuse."
Now that the Republican-led redistricting committee (14 Republicans, 2 Democrats) is nearly done with their work, there's no evidence of any gerrymandering at all.
The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 on Wednesday night, Sept. 1, not to block a recently instituted Texas law that allows citizens to sue clinics or anyone who abets an abortion performed after a fetal heartbeat is detected — about six weeks into a pregnancy, which is before the vast majority of abortion procedures occur.
North Dakota will have a special session this year to address redistricting and an ongoing dispute over interim appropriations. But will it be two sessions or one? And will other issues turn the session(s) into a circus?
Our system of government is based on three separate and co-equal branches of government, each wielding a very specific and distinct authority. The Legislature's power is appropriation. They control the purse strings. So when the Emergency Commission is appropriating in excess of $1 billion with only the direct involvement of four lawmakers, that's a problem.
There's nothing inherently wrong with an officeholder also leasing property to the state as long as it's a fair deal. Still, the potential for shenanigans is real, which is why it should be transparent.

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Among the studies will be an examination of the amount, cost and occupancy of office space leased by the state since the beginning of 2018. The analysis follows recent news reports found that the state's biggest leased office space is mostly vacant as employees continue to work from home.
That's a +4 for the Normies when it comes to votes on the NDGOP's state committee and a -4 for the Bastiats.
"It's not about reinstating Luke [Simons]," Rep. Jeff Hoverson told me. "Obviously it's a response to what happened to Luke, but it's about the future."

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