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WAYNE STENEHJEM

This situation deserves something more than a mea culpa from Stenehjem and the BCI. We need to make sure that Remus and other law enforcement agents across the state understand North Dakota's shield law for reporters, and the importance of the work reporters do.
The people elected to the executive branch, or the Legislature, make the laws and execute the laws. Thus, the voters have a fundamentally different relationship to them than they do to the judicial branch.
Wrigley says those curious about whether he's running should check the candidate filings with the Secretary of State's Office during the first week of 2022.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem joins Plain Talk to discuss his retirement, and Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak talks about the ethics debate.

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Wayne Stenehjem announced Friday, Dec. 17, that he will not seek reelection next year to the office he has held since 2001.
Consumer protection officials cautioned residents to be wary of scam artists during the holiday season.
Shaw writes, "The legislators, under the leadership of House Speaker Aaron Rodgers, have decided that avoiding vaccinations is some sort of freedom issue. They act as if in the Bill of Rights, right next to freedom of speech and freedom of the press, is the freedom to spread a deadly disease."
"We're inundated with ever-changing efforts commanding compliance while disregarding long standing law and precedent," writes InForum columnist Scott Hennen Facts are hard to come by, but the trends favor freedom and the rule of law, even if you have to dig for the rest of the story in places like an opinion column from a radio talk show host."
At best, we have a university president who leaned a bit too heavily on some personal relationships while supervising a sloppy procurement. At worst, we have a significant contract that was deliberately steered toward some friends of the president. Even worse, when asked to provide oversight, the NDUS issued some superficial findings completely out of step with just how serious a matter this was.
Incumbent Tax Commissioner Ryan Raushcenberger's resignation is effective January 3. By that date, Governor Doug Burgum will have to choose a replacement.

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The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, known as CMS, announced last week, that health care staff across the country will have to be fully inoculated against COVID-19 or approved for a religious or medical exemption by Jan. 4, 2022 — barring any hold-ups from the courts. Nursing homes and hospitals that don't comply risk losing crucial funding from the agency.
Chancellor Mark Hagerott asked the state attorney general to review the law that was passed this spring.
Gov. Doug Burgum acknowledged on Friday that COVID-19 vaccines are effective and "still our best tool for preserving hospital capacity and ensuring access to care," but said the mandate was unlawful.

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