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A 2018 file photo of a member of the Regional Council of Carpenters. David Samson / The Forum

Guest Post: A Lot of Union Members Think Democrats Are Not Focused on the Issues Impacting People’s Lives

Guest Post: A Lot of Union Members Think Democrats Are Not Focused on the Issues Impacting People’s Lives

This guest post was submitted by Adam Duininck. He is the director of government affairs for North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters. The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters represents 27,000 carpenters, floor coverers, industrial workers, interior systems, millwrights, and pile drivers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.  President

North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler Bismarck Tribune photo

Plain Talk: Supt. Baesler Says She’ll Plead Guilty to Any Charges Stemming From Arrest, Regrets Refusing Sobriety Tests

A week ago Superintendent Kirsten Baesler was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. On today’s episode of Plain Talk she talks about how she came to be arrested, why she refused to take sobriety tests, what she’s seeking in terms of treatment and counseling, and why North Dakota voters should give

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck Bismarck Tribune photo

Plain Talk: This Year North Dakotans Will Likely Get Another Chance to Abolish Property Taxes at the Ballot Box

“I plan to raise in excess of $1.5 million for this.” That’s what state Rep. Rick Becker said on this episode of Plain Talk. He was describing a nascent campaign behind a new ballot measure, which would amend the state constitution to end North Dakota property taxes. The plan is to rely on donations from

Rep. Kevin Cramer answers questions from the Grand Forks Herald editorial board in 2019. (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)

Plain Talk: Senator Cramer Says There’s Been Much “Distasteful Cheerleading for a Health Disaster” in Coronavirus Response

Much of the political and news media response to the coronavirus outbreak is “distasteful cheerleading for a health disaster.” That’s what Senator Kevin Cramer said on this episode of Plain Talk. Condemning a recent New York Times piece referring to coronavirus as “Trump’s virus,” Cramer said, “I don’t there’s any question some of the response

Steve Vetter, left, and Scott Meyer, center, celebrate with Ben Olson after winning the District 18 House and Senate races, respectively, Tuesday night, Nov. 8, 2016. They joined other Republicans at a victory party at the Hilton Garden Inn in Grand Forks. Photo by Eric Hylden/Forum News Service

Plain Talk: Republican Legislative Incumbent Talks Pragmatism and Policy Versus Politics

Rep. Steve Vetter is a Republican from District 18 in Grand Forks. He was one of the Republican candidates elected in blue districts in North Dakota during the Trump wave of 2016. On this episode of Plain Talk, Vetter talks about how he won in a traditionally blue district, what he’s done since winning including

Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction, receives a tour of Freedom Elementary by student self managers Marley Budeau, Esthella Nahimana and Nawal Aden in December. David Samson / The Forum

Plain Talk: Seeking a Third Term, Superintendent Baesler Says She’s Saved Parents Millions on College Tuition

Why should North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler get a third term in office? For one thing, she has saved North Dakotans millions on college tuition by expanding access to for high school students to courses that earn them college credit while still enrolled in the K-12 system. Baesler estimates that this policy has saved students

Sen. John Hoeven accepts the endorsement for U.S. Senate during the NDGOP convention Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Plain Talk: “We Have to Make Sure That Coal Is Treated Fairly” Says Senator Hoeven

“We need to make sure that coal is treated fairly,” Senator John Hoeven said on this episode of Plain Talk. He talks about the struggles the North Dakota coal industry is facing, and what policies can be put in place to make the energy markets fairer. Hoeven says he is working to get the coal

The Great River Energy Coal Creek Station coal plant near the Falkirk mine outside of Underwood, N.D., is the largest power plant in North Dakota. Forum file photo.

While America Hamstrings Coal, Japan Invests

Coal’s decline is rooted in politics, not economics. Our various levels of government, lobbied heavily by the renewable energy industry and environmental activists, have put their fingers on the scale of the energy markets. Continue reading…

Crews work at an oil well site near Williston, N.D., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Land Board Is Being Unreasonable, and Not at All Transparent, on Royalty Payments

Worse, in the lead-up to these letters, the state’s Board of University and School Lands (which counts Gov. Doug Burgum and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, among other statewide elected officials, among its membership) met repeatedly behind closed doors — almost a half-dozen times in the last three months according to the Bismarck Tribune — to

A sign company employee carries away the letter S from the word Sioux as the signage proclaiming Ralph Engelstad Arena "Home of the Fighting Sioux" is taken down in Grand Forks in 2012. The removal was part of the agreement between the state of North Dakota and the NCAA over the University of North Dakota's use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. John Stennes / Forum Communications

Plain Talk: Seven Years in the Making, Fighting Sioux Documentary to Be in Theaters This Spring

Bismarck-based filmmaker Matt Fern has been making a documentary about the controversy around the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname for seven years now. This spring, he’s finally ready to put it in front of audiences. The film, now called Fighting Over Sioux, will get a theatrical release in North Dakota this spring, to