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Plain Talk: Jon Stewart’s Dumb Moment

Plain Talk: Jon Stewart’s Dumb Moment

On this episode of Plain Talk, Congressman Kelly Armstrong takes listener questions. Among them one about where Armstrong was during that committee hearing where comedian Jon Stewart blew up. “I was there for the first hour,” Armstrong said, adding that he had to leave to attend to other duties such as an oversight hearing and

Senator Kevin Cramer David Samson / The Forum

Plain Talk: Senator Cramer Says Political Attacks on North Dakota Company Could Scare Off Bidders for Federal Contracts

“There are a lot of good people who sit in the sidelines because they get attacked,” Senator Kevin Cramer said on this episode of Plain Talk. The comment was part of a discussion about the political controversy surrounding Fisher Industries, a North Dakota-based company which has been campaigning for an opportunity to build President Donald

Plain Talk: Defense Attorney Says a North Dakota Drug Testing Law Is Unconstitutional

The state Legislature requires some drug defendants to be drug tested while out on bail and awaiting trial, but this requirement has become a real problem. Defense attorney Mark Friese of the Vogel Law Firm spoke about it on this episode of Plain Talk. Some defendants can’t afford the testing, Friese said, and end up

Print Column: North Dakota Is Fun, Despite What Some Dumb Spam “Study” Says

MINOT, N.D. ⁠— A humble request made to my fellow members of the news media: Please stop creating spam headlines for companies like WalletHub or NerdWallet. These companies send out press releases touting “studies” or “surveys” which are usually some ranking of states or communities. Local journalists, always hungry for content in an age where

Plain Talk: North Dakota State Is “Being Used as a Mouthpiece” by Planned Parenthood Says State Senator

On this episode of Plain Talk, state Senator Janne Myrdal (R-Edinburg) talks about the objections she and other lawmakers share over North Dakota State University partnering with Planned Parenthood. “I believe in academic freedom,” Myrdal told me. But she added that NDSU is “being used as a mouthpiece” by a group with a partisan political

"The Pioneer Family" stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Guest Post: The Legislature’s Appropriate Role in Overseeing State Audits

This guest post was submitted by Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, a Republican from Dickinson. The legislature has been challenged on its oversight of the State Auditor’s Office and the time has come to set the record straight.  This entire debate started when the North Dakota State Auditor requested 11 additional staff members. To better

Print Column: Legislature’s Decision to Gut Auditor’s Powers Looks Worse and Worse

MINOT, N.D. — The State Board of Higher Education is getting a babysitter for North Dakota State School of Science President John Richman. “The state’s university system may keep a closer eye on North Dakota State College of Science management after a state audit found problems with how the school handled business regarding its planned career academy,”

Plain Talk: Senator Cramer Talks Fisher Industries, Border Wall, Trade, and Iran

On this episode of Plain Talk, Senator Kevin Cramer talks about what President Donald Trump asked him to do with regard to investigating the bidding process at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He also talks about the Fisher Industries controversy, the situation with Iran, the on-going trade war with China, and building the border

Plain Talk: Industry Spokesman Says Reducing Oil Production Isn’t the Way to Curb Flaring

The issue of natural gas flaring in North Dakota is making regional, and even national, headlines again. Ron Ness from the North Dakota Petroleum Council talks about the issue on this episode of Plain Talk. North Dakota is an oil play, but the wells here also produce a lot of natural gas as a byproduct