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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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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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Episodes

Bonus Audio: Jay Thomas Show 04/22/19

4/23/2019
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Bonus audio from Rob's segment on the Jay Thomas Show.

Duration:00:19:54

Ep. 69: Going to class in a closet

4/23/2019
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Jamie Kelly, editor of the Williston Herald, talks about the struggle some western school districts face when it comes to getting funding from the state. He says things are so bad some students are going to class in closets. This episode brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:29:10

Ep. 68: Armstrong on the Mueller report

4/19/2019
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On this episode of Plain Talk, Congressman Kelly Armstrong talks about his immediate reactions to the Mueller report. He also takes listener questions about term limits and other topics. Also, we should always ask, what is the government protecting us from? In one recent case it was farming with our second cousins. This episode brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:36:30

Ep. 67: Republican lawmaker says Democrats posturing over ethics legislation

4/18/2019
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On this episode of Plain Talk, state Senator David Hogue (R-Minot) says Democratic lawmakers are "posturing" over ethics legislation they say has too many loopholes. This episode brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:33:02

Ep. 66: Consent of the governed

4/17/2019
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Should politicians be able to regulate people who can't vote for them? Why can local governments in North Dakota extend their regulatory reach to people who can't vote in that local government's elections? Also incoming North Dakota U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley talks about the lengthy confirmation process he faced before taking that job, as well as his priorities for doing the job now that he has it. This episode brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:36:12

Ep. 65: Burgum says separation of powers fight "not going to go away"

4/16/2019
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Governor Doug Burgum checks in on this episode of Plain Talk to react to the Legislature overriding his veto of a bill authorizing an interim committee he says has too much power. Also a graduate student and columnist from the University of Colorado says there was a protest against current UND President Mark Kennedy, and there will be more when Kennedy visits the state next week. This episode of Plain Talk is brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:42:53

Bonus Audio: Jay Thomas Show 04-15-19

4/15/2019
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Audio from the Jay Thomas Show discussing an audit report revealing inappropriate activity at the North Dakota State College of Science.

Duration:00:25:29

Ep. 64: Democratic field hearing on voter ID is a political stunt

4/15/2019
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A subcommittee from the Democrat-controlled House is in North Dakota this week to talk about the state's voter ID law. The ranking member on the committee - Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois, the only Republican on the committee - talks about the politics of it. This episode of Plain Talk is brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:26:27

Ep. 63: An amendment for how we amend the constitution

4/12/2019
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The Legislature wants to put some checks and balances into the process for amending the constitution by way of ballot measures. It's going to be a controversial topic in the next election cycle, I think, but it's the right thing to do. Also, Congressman Kelly Armstrong takes your questions about the national debt, the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, and other topics. This episode of Plain Talk is brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:37:21

Ep. 62: Kennedy plays the race card

4/11/2019
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As he prepares to exit the University of North Dakota, embattled President Mark Kennedy takes a shot at his critics, suggesting controversy over a very cushy employment arrangement he gave his special assistant was born of racism and gender bigotry. Also, Senator Kevin Cramer takes listener questions about the space force, tax preparation reform, the national debt, and border security. This episode of Plain Talk is brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:49:58

Ep. 61: Politicians should have to answer their critics

4/10/2019
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State Rep. Ruth Buffalo says right wing media shouldn't get to question her about her travel expenses. But shouldn't politicians have to face their critics? Also, state Senator Kristin Roers (R-Fargo) talks about her amendment bringing back the issue of decriminalizing marijuana after similar legislation was defeated earlier this session. This episode brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:27:09

Ep. 60: Transparency advocates not being very transparent

4/9/2019
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State Rep. Ruth Buffalo won't answer a question about who paid for a trip she took to Tennessee to address a left wing group about, ironically enough, government transparency. Also, North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread talks about a reinsurance program his department is taking public comment on. A state-level effort to fix some of the chaos Obamacare has created. This episode of Plain Talk is brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:34:05

Bonus Audio: Jay Thomas Show 04-08-19

4/8/2019
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Rob talked about Stephen King and driver's education on this week's segment on the Jay Thomas Show.

Duration:00:22:49

Ep. 59: What's more visionary than lowering tax burdens?

4/8/2019
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An idea to use Legacy Funding earnings to reduce, and eventually eliminate, state income taxes is back in the Legislature. Some are opposed to it, but what could be more visionary and beneficial to North Dakotans across the state than reducing tax burdens? Also, we spend a lot of time talking about road safety in North Dakota, so why aren't we adequately funding driver's education in our schools? This episode brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:32:00

Ep. 58: Armstrong says demands for full Mueller report are "political stunt"

4/5/2019
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Congressman Kelly Armstrong takes audience questions, including one about demands from Democrats to release the full Mueller report, something he says is a "political stunt." Also, Democrats have embraced federalism on marijuana policy. Maybe they should embrace it in other policy areas too? This episode is brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:34:06

Ep. 57: There should be consequences for refusing to vaccinate

4/4/2019
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Senator Kevin Cramer takes questions from listeners on closing the border, NATO funding, and the Mueller report. Also, should there be consequences for people who refuse to vaccinate? This episode of Plain Talk is brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:50:08

Ep. 56: Republican lawmaker objects to Hindu invocation

4/3/2019
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A Republican lawmaker from Minot who styles himself a proponent of religious liberty is objecting to an invocation delivered by a Hindu religious leader. You can't make this stuff up. Also state Rep. Luke Simons talks about his bill, which failed in the state Senate, which would have required that cops get a warrant (or at least have probable cause or the justification of an emergency) before coming on private land and searching buildings. This episode brought to you by...

Duration:00:34:50

Ep. 55: What the heck is pore space?

4/2/2019
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On this episode of Plain Talk, Troy Coons from the Northwest Landowners Association talks about why his group opposes legislation regarding pore space. Don't worry, he also explains what pore space is. Also, some thoughts on the Legislature rejecting an expanded State Board of Higher Education. This episode of Plain Talk is brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:33:13

Bonus Audio: Jay Thomas Show 04/01/2019

4/1/2019
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Audio from Rob's appearance on the Jay Thomas Show 04/01/2019, talking about occupational licensing for hair braiders and the Legislature possibly overriding Governor Doug Burgum's veto of a hike to drivers license fees.

Duration:00:26:40

Ep. 54: Does a hair braider need more than 1,000 hours of training?

4/1/2019
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On this episode of Plain Talk, a hair braider who tried to start a business in Fargo ended up having to move her business to Minnesota because North Dakota's regulations are too strenuous. Also, Senator Jessica Unruh (R-Beulah) talks about a complicated bill concerning pore space and energy development which some are saying is an affront to property rights. This episode of Plain Talk is brought to you by EnergyofNorthDakota.com.

Duration:00:32:55