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Plain Talk: Lawmaker talks property tax proposal, attorney general office space scandal

Plain Talk: Lawmaker talks property tax proposal, attorney general office space scandal

MINOT, N.D. — We’re all in campaign mode right now, but just a couple of months after Election Day North Dakota will have a new legislative session. Lawmakers at that session will be hearing about two competing tax cut plans. One would flatten the state’s income tax brackets, and eliminate the tax for most of

Plain Talk: Secretary of state candidates debate election integrity, voting, transparency, and more

MINOT, N.D. — Election integrity is a hot-button issue. Rancor continues around the outcome of the 2020 election, with many claiming that, at least nationally, former President Donald Trump was cheated out of another term in the White House by fraud. North Dakota election officials have been flooded with open records requests from people seeking information to

Plain Talk: In second debate, Democratic-NPL ag commissioner candidate says vote for the Republican

MINOT, N.D. — Work around politics long enough, and you’ll hear everything. Including a Democratic candidate for statewide office saying you ought to vote for the Republican. Fintan Dooley, who was endorsed by the North Dakota Democratic-NPL this spring to take on three-term Republican incumbent Doug Goehring for agriculture commissioner, says you ought to vote

Plain Talk: Gov. Burgum says North Dakota’s baby boom is driving a need for new child care policy

MINOT, N.D. — When I began my writing career 20 years ago, North Dakota had an aging, shrinking population. Our young people were leaving. New people weren’t moving here. When we debated education, much of it was focused on what to do about declining enrollment. School closures and consolidation were a sad reality. Things have

Plain Talk: In first debate, attorney general candidates clash over crime, marijuana, and more

MINOT, N.D. — If there’s one thing we learned from the first debate between North Dakota’s candidates for attorney general, it’s that they disagree on a lot. Drew Wrigley, a Republican, is the incumbent attorney general, having been appointed to finish his predecessor Wayne Stenehjem’s term by Gov. Doug Burgum. Wrigley is now running to

Plain Talk: Cramer talks Russia, student loan forgiveness, Mund and Becker

Minot, N.D. — Prominent North Dakota Democrats made a real “mess of things” when they took the extraordinary step of jettisoning their U.S. House candidate, Mark Haugen, in favor of independent candidate Cara Mund. That’s what Sen. Kevin Cramer said on this episode of Plain Talk. “They were very presumptuous about Cara,” Cramer added, arguing

Plain Talk: Cara Mund, Rep. Kelly Armstrong square off in first U.S. House debate

Minot, N.D. — For the first time, incumbent Republican Rep. Kelly Armstrong and independent challenger Cara Mund faced off in a debate. On this episode of Plain Talk, with questions coming from former Democratic-NPL Executive Director Chad Oban and myself, the two candidates found areas where they agree, and areas where they disagree. Listen below, or

Plain Talk: What do you think of this proposal exempting most North Dakota households from income taxes?

MINOT, N.D. — Last week a group of Republican leaders from the state’s legislative and executive branches got together and announced a new plan to flatten North Dakota’s income taxes . The state currently has five tax brackets that obligate every North Dakotan earning income to pay a progressively higher rate based on how large that income