EPA Spokesman Barring Press From Events Was Burgum’s Campaign Communications Director According to Report

We can add another troubling moment in the tenure of embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. He and his spokesman Jahan Wilcox barred some press from a summit where Pruitt was speaking. A security guard even physically shoved a female reporter from the Associated Press out of the EPA building according to the outlet. After public […]

“60 Minutes” Proves the Importance of Investigative Journalism and an Independent Press

On October 15th, CBS “60 Minutes” aired an in-depth investigative report about the DEA, Congress, and the growing opioid crisis. The report rightly caused outrage among viewers and forced those involved to answer to the claims aired. Two days later on October 17th, one of the key Congressional figures in the report stepped down from […]

Pruitt’s Visit to North Dakota: Secrecy, Potential Violations, and Missed Opportunities

On Tuesday, we broke the story that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt would be holding two events on Wednesday in North Dakota but the public and the press would be barred from both. That story has caught a lot of attention both locally and nationally. We need to recap what transpired over the last 24 hours. […]

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Holds Two Events in ND Tomorrow. Both are Closed to the Press.

Tomorrow the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt will be in North Dakota. Pruitt will hold two events. The first will be in Fargo on Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The second will be in Grand Forks about energy. Two important topics for North Dakota’s top two industries, agriculture, and energy. […]

Legislative Session is Over. What Now for ND xPlains?

I’ve had a number of readers reach out to me with the same basic question. Now that the North Dakota Legislative Session is over, what’s next for ND xPlains? Rather than answer each individually, I decided to go this route and lay out my intentions for this platform and what you can expect in the […]