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Plain Talk: Meet the North Dakotan who got a 2021 World Series ring from the Atlanta Braves

Plain Talk: Meet the North Dakotan who got a 2021 World Series ring from the Atlanta Braves

MINOT, N.D. — In 2021 the Atlanta Braves won the World Series. Among those receiving a ring? Scott Davis from right here in North Dakota. Davis spent years serving our state as the commissioner of Indian affairs. He’s in the private sector now, helping private organizations with their outreach to Native American communities, and some

Plain Talk: This sec. of state candidate says he’s focusing on the integrity of North Dakota’s elections

MINOT, N.D. — Marvin Lepp would like to be North Dakota’s next secretary of state. He’s running as a Republican, though he said on this episode of Plain Talk that the office “really ought to be nonpartisan, and he’s running on election integrity. He said he got more involved in politics in recent years during

Plain Talk: Dem sec. of state candidate says ‘election integrity’ is Republican code for ‘voter suppression’

MINOT, N.D. — Jeffrey Powell is an administrator at Mayville State University and the Democratic-NPL candidate for secretary of state. He was endorsed by the party’s executive committee (he made a late decision to run so didn’t attend the party’s state convention in Minot) and in November will be facing off against one of two

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