Author Archives: Rob Port

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz in Duluth takes questions from the media in this January file photo. (Clint Austin / Forum News Service)

Minnesota Is Calling Other States for Assistance, Let’s Hope Nobody Plays Politics

Minnesota Is Calling Other States for Assistance, Let’s Hope Nobody Plays Politics

MINOT, N.D. — As we all wait for the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, and brace ourselves for more violent rioting, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is turning to other states for law enforcement backup. On Monday, April 19, Walz “declared a peacetime emergency for the seven-county metro area and announced that the state would tap police resources from

LIVE at 10 A.m.: Did North Dakota Campuses Need New Free Speech Protections? Higher Education Officials Didn’t Think So

Recently Governor Doug Burgum signed House Bill 1503 into law. Previous to that, it passed 65 – 29 in the House and 35 – 12 in the Senate. It’s aim? To protect free speech on North Dakota’s campuses. At the national level we’ve all heard many stories about students who, whether it’s because of campus administration or harassment from

A long line of voters in Grand Forks wait to cast their vote in the closing hours of early voting at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks in 2020. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

If your video doesn’t start, try refreshing the page. A new ballot measure campaign seeks to amend North Dakota’s state constitution to make it harder to amend the constitution. Specifically, it would require a 60 percent supermajority for any constitutional amendment on the ballot to pass. It would also limit each proposed amendment to just

Hundreds gather in support of George Floyd at the downtown parking garage in Grand Forks on Thursday, June 4, during a peaceful demonstration, which wound through downtown Grand Forks, briefly stopping near the Red River before heading through the city again. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

If Donald Trump Was Guilty of Incitement, So Is Maxine Waters

MINOT, N.D. — In January, when a violent mob of Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol, many, including your humble correspondent, held the disgraced former president responsible. That mob marched directly from his speech, where he was shouting many inflammatory and incorrect things about election fraud, to the Capitol where they proceeded to kick in the

Rep. Scott Louser, R-Minot, on Jan. 12, 2015, at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Forum News Service file photo

Minot-Area Lawmaker Cited for Drunk Driving

MINOT, N.D. — This morning Rep. Scott Louser, a lawmaker from Minot-area District 5, called me to say he’d recently been charged with driving under the influence. The details weren’t immediately available via the state’s online criminal records database, but Louser issued a statement owning up to the incident. “Transparency and accountability in public service

The sign for the North Dakota Republican Party headquarters sits along East Boulevard Avenue near the state Capitol in Bismarck. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Serious Talk About a Split in the NDGOP

MINOT, N.D. — One evening this week, I got a phone call from a Republican friend who asked me how viable I thought a third party movement breaking off from the North Dakota Republican Party might be. It was a surprise. This person is a Republican whose name most of you would probably recognize immediately. A serious

Rob Port's squeeze toy, a gift from his daughter so he'd stop clicking pens during broadcasts.

Friday Mailbag: Cops as Soldiers, Performative Politics, Consultants in Governance, and That Weird Thing I’m Holding During Live Streams

MINOT, N.D. — I’m writing this column on Thursday because, this same day, I’ll be getting my second shot of COVID-19 vaccination. I chose Moderna, mostly because that’s what was available when I made my appointment, and the first shot knocked me for a loop for about 36 hours. I’m hoping this second shot won’t

Sen. Janne Myrdal, R-Edinburg, presents a bill amendment on the state Senate floor on Feb. 18, 2021, that would ban North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota from partnering with groups that provide abortions. (Screenshot via North Dakota Legislature)

It’s About Politics, Not Academic Freedom

MINOT, N.D. — Wanna hear a joke? A noisy contingent from North Dakota’s university system, as well as their sundry apologists, are upset about an amendment to legislation that would withhold some matching tax dollars, under the challenge grants program, for state schools that partner with abortion providers. This is an affront to academic freedom, they tell