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Plain Talk: On the midterms and the fight for the NDGOP in North Dakota’s legislative primaries

Plain Talk: On the midterms and the fight for the NDGOP in North Dakota’s legislative primaries

MINOT, N.D. — This year’s primaries, from local legislative races to the national midterms, are in many ways a referendum on the influence of disgraced former President Donald Trump and his movement’s ongoing influence on the GOP. What did we learn after this week’s primary elections? And the fundraising numbers we’re seeing in North Dakota’s

Plain Talk: Nobel laureate says Biden canceling Keystone pipeline was ‘symbol’ that led to higher gas prices

MINOT, N.D. — When President Joe Biden, as one of his first moves in office, canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, it was “a symbol” for the oil and gas industry that the political situation would be hostile to them in the coming years. That lead them to curtail their investments in new production capacity, something

Plain Talk: A conservative North Dakota lawmaker talks about her struggles with the culture warriors

MINOT, N.D. — Sen. Jessica Bell, a Republican from District 33, has a lengthy track record of reliably conservative policy making in the North Dakota Senate, which includes her consequential work to save a coal-fired power plant that employs, directly and indirectly, thousands of her constituents. Yet the delegates at the NDGOP’s local district convention

Plain Talk: Shouldn’t a constitutional amendment require 60% of the vote?

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s initiated measure process has become a venue for deep-pocketed special interests to hire local fronts, pay mercenaries to collect signatures, and then pound their issues into the heads of voters with big-money marketing campaigns. What was intended to empower grassroots activists to keep state government honest has turned into a

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