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Zach Raknerud, left, and Congressman Kelly Armstrong, right

Plain Talk: North Dakota’s House Candidates Debate Energy, Economy, Criminal Justice Reform, the Postal Service, Measure 3

Plain Talk: North Dakota’s House Candidates Debate Energy, Economy, Criminal Justice Reform, the Postal Service, Measure 3

Kelly Armstrong is a Republican and the incumbent in North Dakota’s U.S. House race this year. He’s currently finishing his first term in that office. Zach Raknerud is his opponent, endorsed by the Democratic-NPL earlier this year. You wouldn’t expect these two candidates to find much to agree about, but during a debate I hosted

A screen capture of North Dakota Democratic-NPL candidate Travisia Martin's campaign website, accessed June 24, 2020.

Remember When Democrats Told Us Vote Fraud Wasn’t a Thing?

MINOT, N.D. — Much like many other parts of our nation, here in North Dakota we’ve had a raging, years-long debate about voter ID requirements and election fraud. Republicans have promoted reasonable reforms to North Dakota’s balloting process, which, absent the need for registration, is probably the most convenient method of voting in the country.

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

Friday Mailbag: Cable News, ‘Silence Is Violence’ and the NDGOP’s Anti-LGBT Resolutions

MINOT, N.D. — Welcome to your Friday, and what has regrettably become an occasional mailbag column. I apologize for that, things got hectic for a few weeks, but I’m doing my best to respond to all of you individually, if not in this column. Before we get to this week’s feedback, did you know the

Michael Fisher, Tommy Fisher, U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer and U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong pose on a piece of heavy equipment outside Fisher Industries in Dickinson, N.D., in this July 2018 photo posted to a Twitter account run by Armstrong.

Plain Talk: Sen. Cramer Says Trump’s Tweet About Fisher Industries Border Wall Controversy Is ‘Only Mildly Interesting to Me’

“I don’t know what got into the president,” Sen. Kevin Cramer said when asked about the situation on this episode of Plain Talk. “It’s only mildly interesting to me, to be honest,” Cramer added, noting that he hasn’t spoken to the president or any White House staff about the situation. Click to continue reading…

Plain Talk: Why Did Trump Hire John Bolton? “He Liked Watching Him on the News Shows,” Sen. Cramer Says

“He liked watching him on the news shows.” That’s what Sen. Kevin Cramer said on this episode of Plain Talk, responding to a question about why President Donald Trump would have hired John Bolton, a Fox News contributor before joining the Trump administration, in the first place. Bolton is currently peddling some salacious stories about

Kolette Kramer, of Towner, holds a sign at a protest asking Gov. Doug Burgum to allow businesses to reopen on Monday, April 20, 2020. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Can Businesses Be Sued for Trying to Be Good Samaritans During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Both North Dakota and the nation are grappling with the task of returning our society to some semblance of normal while still keeping in place appropriate measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic. On this episode of Plain Talk, Arik Spencer from the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce talks about some protections his organization feels

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in Fargo March 11 during a press conference where he addressed the severity of the coronavirus. Chris Hagen / The Forum

Plain Talk: “To Say That Money Buys Elections in North Dakota Is a Little Bit Insulting to the People of North Dakota,” Says Burgum

On this episode of Plain Talk, Gov. Doug Burgum addressed criticism he’s faced for spending millions, much of it his own money, on promoting his preferred slate of candidates in the North Dakota Republican Party’s recent primary election. Some have started using the nickname “Boss Burgum.” State Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, referred to Burgum’s efforts