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Port: The recall of Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn isn’t really about Dave Piepkorn

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn asks for an accounting of what the refugee resettlement in the Fargo area is costing during the Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Dave Wallis / The Forum

According to reports the committee organized to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn says they have the requisite signatures and will be turning them in some time this week. Which means that the recall will happen, assuming that all the petitions and signatures are in proper order.

This may seem like a local issue which only matters to Fargo residents, but it’s not. This is a matter of statewide import.

Because this isn’t really about Piepkorn. This is about whether elected officials can ask uncomfortable questions, and pursue unpopular truths, free from the threat of ideological backlash.

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