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Should the eviction moratorium end? Why was there so much outrage over Simone Biles? Watch the discussion live at 11 a.m.

Should the eviction moratorium end? Why was there so much outrage over Simone Biles? Watch the discussion live at 11 a.m.

Simone Biles has had some trouble competing at the Tokyo Olympics, and that has certain political commentators steaming. Conservative commentator Charlie Kirk called Biles a “sociopath,” as one example, and you’ve probably seen worse on social media. But why do people care so much? Does everything have to be culture war? Also, a federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire

Are concerns about critical race theory valid? Watch the discussion with the head of North Dakota’s teacher union

Is critical race theory an attempt to take over our education system and indoctrinate students with left-wing orthodoxies about race and culture? Or is it controversy ginned up as a “lucrative side hustle” by various pundits and activists, as Nick Archuleta argues in a recent column? This debate has become heated, to the point of violence in some unhappy instances,

First he was on, then he was off; Rep. Kelly Armstrong talks January 6 commission on Plain Talk Live

Click here to join the live chat Congressman Kelly Armstrong, a Republican from North Dakota, was all set to serve on the high-profile House commission aimed at investigating the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Then, suddenly, he wasn’t. Armstrong joins this episode of Plain Talk Live to talk about the politics in selecting who sits

Term limits, yes or no? Watch the debate with former Gov. Ed Schafer live at 2 p.m.

Does North Dakota need term limits? A ballot measure currently being circulated would implement limits for the Governor, and the Legislature, but no other statewide elected offices. Is it a good idea? Former Governor Ed Schafer says he’s come around to the idea of term limits after previously opposing them. He joins this episode of Plain Talk Live

Will scorning people inspire them to get vaccinated? Watch the discussion live at 11 a.m.

“We are not supposed to insult these people for their decision to not get vaccinated. We are supposed to understand their position,” columnist Mike McFeely writes. “But should we be empathetic toward those with no good reason for not getting vaxxed?” “Most are supporters of Donald Trump and to call their decision-making deplorable is worse than insulting their

LIVE AT 2 p.m.: North Dakota Republican lawmaker Dwight Kiefert responds to recall effort

There are some deep fractures in the North Dakota Republican Party. A faction of the party, loosely affiliated under the banner of the Legislature’s supposedly conservative Bastiat Caucus, is attempting to recall Governor Doug Burgum. They’re pushing a constitutional ballot measure to implement term limits. They attempted to take over leadership of the NDGOP this spring. Now they’re

LIVE AT 11 a.m.: Is fleeing a valid tactic for lawmakers? Rob Port and Jay Thomas discuss

State lawmakers in Texas have fled their state in an attempt to block laws backed by the Republican majorities in their legislative chambers (and a number of them ended up getting COVID-19, ironically enough). Now, at the national level, Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has urged his colleagues to do something similar to block a massive Democratic spending

LIVE AT 11:30am: Sen. Kevin Cramer talks child tax credit payments, infrastructure and spending bills, and the evolving way Republicans are talking about climate

Starting this month, some qualifying Americans with children will receive monthly money from the government in an amount representing up to $300 per child. The payments come from the child tax credit millions of Americans tax every year. Think of them as a sort of advanced payment on a credit these families would have taken

LIVE AT 2 p.m.: Space billionaires, fleeing Democrats, and the war on vaccines

Humanity is pushing its way into space, and some billionaires are leading the charge. Not everyone is happy about this. Jonah Lantto from the Good Talk Network joins this episode of Plain Talk to talk about it. Also, in multiple states, Democratic lawmakers have taken to fleeing their state capitols to deny Republicans the ability to pass laws

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I apologize for the recent outage here on SAB. It was the longest in the blogs nearly-18-year history, though it’s that history that made fixing it difficult. I started Say Anything in 2003 on the Blogspot platform (which is today called Blogger and owned by Google). From there I motived it to Typepad, then Movable

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