Author Archives: Rob Port

Port: It’s time for Republicans to embrace early voting

Port: It’s time for Republicans to embrace early voting

MINOT, N.D. — Like so many of the things he’s promoted, disgraced former President Donald Trump’s insistance that Republicans vote late, on Election Day, turned out to be stupid. “Vote on Election Day, because it’s harder for them to cheat,” he said at his last pre-election rally in Ohio . “It’s much harder because they don’t know

Port: Data show the NDGOP has an extremism problem that’s distorting its candidate selection process

MINOT, N.D. — The NDGOP has a big problem with its candidate selection process. The people participating in it are not remotely representative of North Dakota’s electorate. The heated U.S. Senate race, in which MAGA-world darling Rick Becker took on long-time Senate incumbent John Hoeven in a three-way race with Democratic-NPL candidate Katrina Christiansen, exposes

Plain Talk: Congressman Armstrong on winning re-election, the new Congress, and Trump

MINOT, N.D. — Nationally, Republicans didn’t perform as well in the midterm elections as expected. The “red wave” was more of a “red mist.” North Dakota Republicans bucked that trend, though, and Congressman Kelly Armstrong’s re-election was a part of that. On this episode of Plain Talk, he argued that, despite Republicans not living up

Port: With new leaders, North Dakota’s Legislature seemingly sees a power shift, from east to west

MINOT, N.D. — “After last night’s House/Senate leadership elections, it’s official, the power has moved out of the [Red River] valley and into the west.” That’s what one member of the state House, from a legislative district that is not in the Red River Valley on North Dakota’s eastern edge, texted to me this morning.

Port: Democratic-NPL executive director Tyler Hogan placed on administrative leave due to ‘HR matter’

MINOT, N.D. — According to an email sent to Democratic-NPL party leaders last night, Tyler Hogan, the party’s executive director, has been placed on administrative leave. “This email is to inform you that Tyler Hogan has been placed on administrative leave as of this afternoon. We will be working as a leadership team to resolve