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Conservative Opinion Columnist Rob Port to Begin New Livestream Show — With Liberals

Conservative Opinion Columnist Rob Port to Begin New Livestream Show — With Liberals

MINOT — Conservative Forum Columnist Rob Port is putting a new, digital twist on his traditional opinion columns. Starting Wednesday, March 31, Port, who is widely known for his conservative views on North Dakota and national politics, will be hosting weekly shows on InForum that will feature rotating guest hosts with more liberal takes on the issues.

State Senator Janne Myrdal (R-District 10)

Guest Post: The Obsession Is About Life

This guest post was submitted by Linda Thorson, the North Dakota state director for Concerned Women of America Ms Ahlin claims no good can come of Senator Janne Myrdal’s (Republican—District 10) fixation on abortion. Her fixation, described as strange, was demonstrated by the amendment Myrdal offered to the higher education challenge matching grant program for

Guest Post: Lowering Healthcare Costs the Wrong Way

This guest post was submitted by Michael Fedorchak, the North Dakota state director for Americans for Prosperity. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of two things: the high price of medical care in the United States and the amazing innovation that defines our healthcare system and allows patients to access life-saving medications and treatments. But,

Citizens participate in a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest sparked by the death of Minnesota man George Floyd who was killed by an officer in Minneapolis, Tuesday. (Kayla Henson / The Dickinson Press)

Our Adulation of Political Figures Reaches Crisis Level

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this week I mentioned a trip to Barnes & Noble in one of my columns. I love the store, but sometimes walking in there gives me a sad feeling. Seeing those rows and books reminds me, especially as I enter middle age, that I’ll never live long enough to read all

Luke Simons speaks to a crowd during the GOP District 36 nominating convention Saturday at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge.

Plain Talk: Rep. Brandy Pyle Calls Lawmaker’s Fundraising Amid Harassment Claims a ‘Slap in the Face’

Supporters of Rep. Luke Simons, an embattled Bastiat Caucus lawmaker from Dickinson who has been accused of harassing behavior by numerous women who work in and around the Legislature, have begun raising money for his legal defense. Simons faces no criminal or civil charges, but House Majority Leader Chet Pollert and other Republican leaders have called on Simons to

Plain Talk: North Dakota Senate Has Passed a Bill Hiding Presidential Vote Counts

The fighting over close national elections can be vicious. We saw that last year in the heated battle between Joe Biden and Donald Trump where many of the latter’s supporters made claims of vote fraud. But it’s not a recent phenomenon. Turn back the clock and you find Democrats in the George W. Bush-era hatching conspiracy theories about Diebold voting

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, Commander of the United States Space Command and Chief of Space Operations for the recently authorized sixth branch of the military, the United States Space Force, tours UND's aerospace facilities with Associate Dean Elizabeth Bjerke, left, and Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., on Friday, Jan. 10. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

Plain Talk: Sen. Kevin Cramer on the Texas Blackouts, Wind Power, Rush Limbaugh, and Ted Cruz

Power outages touched millions of Americans this week, including North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer. “I actually had a 45-minute blackout,” he said on this the 200th episode of Plain Talk, referring to his home in Bismarck. What can be done to prevent these sort of blackouts in the future? A lot of energy policy gets made

Screenshot of North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler introducing a list of proposals for closing the COVID-19 pandemic learning gap to state lawmakers on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Plain Talk: Could North Dakota See Longer School Years to Make up for Pandemic Learning Loss?

“We have a bit of a crisis in K-12 education right now,” North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said on this episode of Plain Talk. At issue is the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it’s had on the state’s schools. While some of the testing and other measurements of academic progress vary from district to district,