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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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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

Bonus Audio: Rob and Jay discuss North Dakota's Great Thunberg controversy

2/14/2020
On the Jay Thomas Show on WDAY AM970, Rob and Jay discuss the controversy over a Great Thunberg mural in Bismarck.

Duration:00:32:52

135: Gov. Burgum talks energy, agriculture, Trump, and the Greta Thunberg controversy

2/14/2020
"Art is art," Governor Doug Burgum said of a controversy in Bismarck over a mural of activist Greta Thunberg. "Art is free speech." On this episode of Plain Talk, he also discussed what he described as our "broken energy market" which is contributing to the financial woes of a major coal-fired power plant owned by Great River Energy. Burgum responded to the recently-launched campaign of a potential Democratic challenger in 2020. He said he hasn't yet met Dr. Shelley Lenz, but agreed with...

Duration:00:32:47

134: Who is Dr. Shelley Lenz?

2/12/2020
Dr. Shelley Lenz is a Veternarian, originally from Ohio but a resident of western North Dakota since 2007 with long-standing familial ties to the region. She's running for governor as a Democrat, though she says she doesn't really have a party. She talks on this episode of Plain Talk about why she feels the state government is ignoring western North Dakota, how she'd address the state's workforce needs, and what her views are when it comes to energy, social issues, taxes, and...

Duration:00:44:16

Ep. 133: Cramer talks Great River struggles, Trump acquittal, Mitt Romney blow-back, and State of the Union

2/7/2020
A company which owns a coal-fired energy plant in North Dakota says they're facing financial struggles. Senator Kevin Cramer says it's because the government has put its finger on the scale in the energy markets, and talks about how the issue could be remedied. He also discusses Trump's acquittal from impeachment charges, the blow-back against fellow Republican Senator Mitt Romney for voting not to acquit, and the President's State of the Union address. This episode of Plain Talk is...

Duration:00:40:57

Ep. 132: Marijuana and Satan worship

2/5/2020
David Owen, a pro-marijuana activist working to put legalization of recreational pot on North Dakota's 2020 ballot, says a Legislative study into how to handle legalization has gone "off the rails," including testimony from a former prison warden who suggested a tie between pot use and Satan worship. This episode of Plain Talks was brought to you by Americans for Prosperity of North Dakota.

Duration:00:22:16

Ep. 131: "I don't want to use the word duped"

2/4/2020
In 2017, North Dakota lawmakers made electronic pull tab machines legal for charitable gaming. That resulted in a 52 percent increase in state gaming revenue, but tribal casinos have taken a hit. North Dakota Indian Affairs Commissioner Scott Davis says that when this legislation was being debated, tribal interests were assured that it wouldn't impact their casinos. Yet it has. Davis says tribal casinos have seen a 30 to 45 percent decline in revenues. "I don't want to use the word duped,"...

Duration:00:28:17

Bonus Audio: Jay Thomas Show 02-03-20

2/3/2020
Rob and Jay talk about the Super Bowl halftime show, Rush Limbaugh's lung cancer, and tribal gaming.

Duration:00:23:12

Ep. 130: Running for an office he kinda voted to eliminate

1/31/2020
On this episode of Plain Talk, state Rep. Tom Beadle joins me to talk about the campaign he just announced for Treasurer, an office the existence of which he once voted to put on the office. Beadle says he was voting more to have the debate at the ballot box than out of any real conviction to end the office. He says these days he's convinced it's important to have an independent Treasurer to provide oversight and transparency for the state's finances. This episode of Plain Talk is brought...

Duration:00:21:33

Ep. 129: Rep. Armstrong talks about the economy, the USMCA, impeachment, and fentanyl

1/30/2020
On this episode of Plain Talk, Congressman Kelly Armstrong talks about his efforts to hold the FBI accountable for their abuse and manipulation of the FISA court. He also talks about President Trump signing the new USMCA trade deal, the state of the nation's economy, the on-going political fight over impeachment, and why Derek Jeter wasn't a unanimous inductee to the Hall of Fame. This episode of Plain Talk is brought to you by Americans for Prosperity of North Dakota.

Duration:00:30:55

Ep. 128: Dem House candidate says his party misunderstand's Trump's appeal

1/29/2020
Zach Raknerud is a Democrat from Minot who has launched a campaign for the U.S. House, challenging incumbent Congressman Kelly Armstrong. On this episode, he talks about why Trump is so popular in North Dakota, how Democrats can win over Republican voters, and what he'd do in Congress if elected. This episode of Plain Talk is brought to you by Americans for Prosperity of North Dakota.

Duration:00:38:53

Ep. 127: How does a Republican win over Democrats?

1/28/2020
State Senator Scott Meyer is a Republican from District 18, a Grand Forks-area jurisdiction that is historically pretty left-wing. Up until 2016, it elected nothing but Democrats, but for the three years, it has been represented by two Republicans and a Democrat, among them Meyer. How did a Republican, in the Trump era, win over a Democratic district? Meyer talks to Rob about it. This episode of Plain Talk is brought to you by Americans for Prosperity of North Dakota.

Duration:00:16:46

Bonus Audio: Rob and Jay Talk 2020 Presidential Politics

1/27/2020
Going way, way off the topic they planned (as usual) Rob and Jay talk about newspaper endorsements in political races and the 2020 presidential race during Rob's weekly Monday appearance on Jay's show.

Duration:00:31:46

Ep. 126: Sen. Cramer talks baseball, impeachment, water rules, and 2020 goals

1/24/2020
"The power belongs to the people," Senator Kevin Cramer said on this episode of Plain Talk during a discussion about the on-going impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. "It's being denied them in this instance." Cramer also talks about the rollback of Obama-era water rules, what it feels like to be in an election year without a campaign to run after moving from the House to the Senate, and his goals for 2020. This episode of Plain Talk is brought to you by Americans for Prosperity of...

Duration:00:36:37

Ep. 125: Debating NDSU's "Junk Mail" Birth Control Program

1/21/2020
North Dakota State University has begun a program they call "Junk Mail" which sends birth control and other sexual aids and information to students with the hope of preventing disease and unwanted pregnancies. Socially conservative columnist Roxanne Salonen disagrees with the program, and Rob disagrees with Roxane. This episode of Plain Talk is brought to you by Americans for Prosperity of North Dakota.

Duration:00:30:24

Bonus Audio: Jay Thomas Show 01-20-20

1/20/2020
Rob and Jay talk about crazy social media posts from local politicians, pay-at-the-pump problems, and sex education.

Duration:00:23:00

Ep. 124: Rep. Armstrong On Trade, China, Impeachment, Facial Recognitionand the Astros

1/16/2020
Congressman Kelly Armstrong talks to Rob about impeachment, the passage of the USMCA and our on-going trade negotiations with China, the threat to privacy of technology like facial recognition, and the Astros cheating scandal. This episode of Plain Talk is brought to you by Americans for Prosperity of North Dakota.

Duration:00:35:49

Bonus Audio: Jay Thomas Show 01-13-20

1/13/2020
Jay and Rob talk about the impact of the online sales tax on local retail and the recent NDSU Bison championship.

Duration:00:24:40

Bonus Audio: Jay Thomas Show 01-07-20

1/7/2020
Jay gets an update from Rob on the North Dakota online court records story.

Duration:00:16:53

Bonus Audio: Jay Thomas Show 01-06-20

1/6/2020
Jay and Rob discuss the new North Dakota court records system, which has published some personal data such as Rob's social security number, but also information like murder scene photos which some may not know are public record.

Duration:00:40:20

Ep. 123: Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken

1/6/2020
As the debate over refugee resettlement in Burleigh County continues, City of Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken weighs in.

Duration:00:25:50