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Commentary: Former Dem. Lt. Gov. candidate circulates draft of potential ethics amendment ballot measure

Gubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor announces Ellen Chaffee as a Dem-NPL candidate for lieutenant governor during a press conference Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Fargo, N.D. (AP Photo/The Forum, Michael Vosburg)

Ellen Chaffee, a former President of Valley City and Mayville State Universities and a stalwart of the left wing of North Dakota’s Democratic Party, has been circulating a proposed ballot measure which would amend North Dakota’s state constitution to, among other things, create an ethics commission.

You might remember that Chaffee was also Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor’s running mate back in 2012.

I obtained a draft copy of the measure by way of a source asked to be on the sponsoring committee. I’m told that Dina Butcher, a former member of the NDGOP who mostly donates to Democratic candidates these days but is used by Democrats to give the various initiatives the appearance of bipartisanship, is also a possible sponsor of the measure.