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Plain Talk With Rob Port

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Plain Talk is a podcast hosted by blogger and columnist Rob Port focusing on political news and current events in North Dakota. Host Rob Port writes SayAnythingBlog.com, North Dakota’s most popular and influential political blog, and is a columnist for the Forum News Service published in papers including the Fargo Forum, Grand Forks Herald, Jamestown Sun, Minot Daily News, and the Dickinson Press.

Plain Talk is a podcast hosted by blogger and columnist Rob Port focusing on political news and current events in North Dakota. Host Rob Port writes SayAnythingBlog.com, North Dakota’s most popular and influential political blog, and is a columnist for the Forum News Service published in papers including the Fargo Forum, Grand Forks Herald, Jamestown Sun, Minot Daily News, and the Dickinson Press.

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United States

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Plain Talk is a podcast hosted by blogger and columnist Rob Port focusing on political news and current events in North Dakota. Host Rob Port writes SayAnythingBlog.com, North Dakota’s most popular and influential political blog, and is a columnist for the Forum News Service published in papers including the Fargo Forum, Grand Forks Herald, Jamestown Sun, Minot Daily News, and the Dickinson Press.

Twitter:

@robport

Language:

English

Contact:

7012144517


Episodes

Jay Thomas Show 08-03-20

8/3/2020
Rob and Jay talk about re-opening schools during the pandemic.

Duration:00:51:38

Jay Thomas Show 07-27-20

7/27/2020
Rob and Jay talk about the coronavirus and masks.

Duration:00:43:26

Jay Thomas Show 07-20-20

7/20/2020
Rob and Jay talk about coronavirus, mask mandates, and employee bonuses for the state of North Dakota.

Duration:00:36:30

176: "I don't know what got into him" Senator Kevin Cramer says of Trump tweet about border wall

7/17/2020
In a recent tweet, President Donald Trump criticized a portion of wall built along the American southern border by a private group of his supporters. "I disagreed with doing this very small (tiny) section of the wall, in a tricky area, by a private group which raised money by ads," Trump wrote, responding to media reports claiming this section of the wall is facing problems from erosion. "It was only done to make me look bad, and perhaps it now doesn't even work. Should have been built...

Duration:00:45:10

Jay Thomas Show 07-13-20

7/13/2020
Rob and Jay talk about re-opening North Dakota's schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Duration:00:38:34

Jay Thomas Show 06-22-20

6/22/2020
Rob and Jay talk about mobs tearing down statues across the United States.

Duration:00:51:16

175: "He liked watching him on the shows"

6/19/2020
"He liked watching him on the shows." That's what Senator Kevin Cramer said on this episode of Plain Talk, responding to a question about why President Donald Trump would have hired John Bolton in the first place. Bolton is currently peddling some salacious stories about his tenure in the Trump administration, and that has earned him quite a bit of condemnation from Republicans, up to and including the President himself. But Bolton is hardly the first member of the Trump administration to...

Duration:00:40:15

174: Democrats call for a special session

6/18/2020
Does North Dakota need a special session? House Minority Leader Josh Boschee, a Democratic lawmaker from Fargo, thinks so. He is one of a group of Democratic lawmakers who are requesting a special session to address the impacts of the coronavirus. One major issue Boschee would like handed is some $1.25 billion in federal funding North Dakota is receiving to help address the COVID-19 situation. As it stands now, the executive branch will decide how that money is spent, specifically, and the...

Duration:00:15:59

Jay Thomas Show 06-15-20

6/15/2020
Rob and Jay talk about another billionaire-backed initiated measure for North Dakota, though this one is being pitched under false pretenses.

Duration:00:37:17

173: Can they be sued for trying to be a good Samaritan?

6/12/2020
Both North Dakota and the nation are grappling with the task of returning our society to some semblance of normal while still keeping in place appropriate measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic. On this episode of Plain Talk, Arik Spencer from the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce talks about some protections his organization feels business owners need to help them get back to employing their employees and serving the public. He noted that many businesses, like restaurants as one...

Duration:00:21:19

172: Insulting to North Dakotans

6/11/2020
"To say that money buys elections in North Dakota is a little bit insulting to the people of North Dakota," Governor Doug Burgum said on this episode of Plain Talk. He was addressing a question about the criticism he's faced for spending millions, much of it his own money, on promoting his preferred slate of candidates in the North Dakota Republican Party's recent primary election. "There's so much more than money in politics," he added, arguing that the candidates he backed won because...

Duration:00:24:56

171: "It definitely got weird"

6/10/2020
The political parties didn't hold their traditional biannual state conventions. The candidates were constrained in their ability to campaign in person. All of the voting was done by mail. The President of the United States endorsed in a down-ballot primary race for a sleepy executive branch office with little influence over actual public policy. This primary season was probably the most unusual in North Dakota's history. State Rep. Tom Beadle (R-Fargo) looks to have won the primary for...

Duration:00:21:36

170: "I think what [Governor Burgum] is doing is crap"

6/9/2020
"If Governor Burgum's people win it will be a huge blow to conservatism," state Rep. Rick Becker said on this episode of Plain Talk. Becker is a Republican lawmaker from Bismarck and a founder of the Bastiat Caucus of conservatives in the Legislature. He was responding to a question about Governor Doug Burgum's involvement in the NDGOP primary season. Burgum has backed a number of candidates in contested legislative primaries across the state, as well a state Rep. Thomas Beadle in the...

Duration:00:35:18

Bonus Audio: Jay Thomas Show 06-08-20

6/8/2020
Rob and Jay talk about the issues surrounding law enforcement, both locally and nationally.

Duration:01:22:31

169: Zach Raknerud

6/5/2020
Zach Raknerud is the endorsed candidate of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL for the U.S. House of Representatives. He also acknowledges that he's the underdog, by a country mile, in his race against Republican incumbent Kelly Armstrong. Still, he credits his recent criticism of what he perceived as Armstrong's silence in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis with getting the incumbent to engage. Raknerud also talks about how our nation can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Duration:00:40:47

168: "Good cops know who the bad cops are"

6/4/2020
"Good cops know who the bad cops are." That's what Congressman Kelly Armstrong said on this episode of Plain Talk, addressing a question about what we can do to solve the problems with racism and abuse in America's law enforcement agencies. Armstrong, a formal criminal defense attorney, argues that most law enforcement officers are good people doing their best with a tough job. He'd like to see them given incentive to "weed out" the bad apples in their own midst. He also addressed an...

Duration:00:33:38

167: It's "almost impossible" for cops to be held accountable for abuses

6/3/2020
How do we fix our national problem with law enforcement abuse? There's no single silver bullet that will do it, but on this episode of Plain Talk, Fargo defense attorney (and former cop) Mark Friese says one big step in the right direction would be to end to end the qualified immunity America's courts have created for cops. It's a little complicated, but unless the government waives it the police have immunity from lawsuits unless the courts have established that you have the right you're...

Duration:00:40:46

Bonus Audio: Jay Thomas Show 06-01-20

6/1/2020
Rob and Jay talk about the riots and protests in Fargo.

Duration:00:39:26

166: The violent Fargo protest

6/1/2020
On this episode of Plain Talk, Fargo Forum columnist Raheem Williams, who is also a resident of downtown Fargo, talks about living through the violent protests which took place there over the weekend. "I never thought in my life I would have to act as a sentry in my own community," Williams told me. We discussed what he saw and did, how the protests evolved from something peaceful to something ugly, and the frustration which comes from watching a righteous cause get undermined by violent...

Duration:00:39:57

Bonus Audio: Jay Thomas Show 05-26-20

5/26/2020
Jay and Rob talk about the Fargo Forum reducing its print editions and the controversy surrounding North Dakota's Care19 app.

Duration:00:35:48