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Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) listens to Michael Cohen testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 27, 2019. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Copyright 2019 The New York Times)

Plain Talk: Rep. Armstrong Says He’d “Have a Difficult Time” Supporting a Ban on Flag Burning, Slave Reparations Are a “Non-Starter”

Plain Talk: Rep. Armstrong Says He’d “Have a Difficult Time” Supporting a Ban on Flag Burning, Slave Reparations Are a “Non-Starter”

On this episode of Plain Talk, Congressman Kelly Armstrong says he hasn’t yet read the anti-flag burning constitutional amendment co-sponsored by Senator Kevin Cramer, but said he “would have a difficult time” supporting any ban on flag desecration. “At a personal level I think burning an American flag is abhorrent,” Armstrong said, but he also

Young Americans Have Been Flocking to Energy Industry Opportunities in North Dakota and the Middle Part of America

Sometimes it’s hard to describe to people how much I love North Dakota. I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and spent the first ten years of my life in Wasilla. When my family moved here the 4th grade version of me resented it. I loved the mountains and the trees. I wasn’t sure how to

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North Dakota Needs Fewer Elected Offices

In Burleigh County (Bismarck), commissioners are considering eliminating elections for two county offices. Currently the auditor/treasurer and recorder positions are elected. The county may turn them into appointed positions. It’s a good idea. In fact, it’s one which should be emulated state wide. North Dakota simply has too many elected officials. We have 13 elected

Seen here in 2017, Rep. Mike Brandenburg, R-Edgeley, testifies at the North Dakota Public Service Commission hearing on the Foxtail Wind Farm at Ellendale, N.D. Keith Norman / Forum News Service

Some Lawmakers Considering a Special Session After PSC Turned Down a Wind Farm Permit

Last week the Public Service Commission turned down a siting permit for a large (23,000 acres, 76 turbines) wind farm project in Burke County. NextEra, the company behind the project, had pushed for a permit despite opposition from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department who argued that

Senator David Hogue (R-Minot) Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Groups Discussing an Initiated Measure to Create a Legacy Fund Loan Program for Infrastructure

During their regular session earlier this year state lawmakers defeated a proposal, introduced by Senator David Hogue (R-Minot), which would have invested Legacy Fund dollars into an infrastructure loan program for local governments. The benefit would have been cheaper, faster financing for infrastructure projects, which saves tax dollars, but the Legacy Fund would have still

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No, Grand Forks Herald, Tougher DUI Laws May Not Actually Be Right for North Dakota

The Grand Forks Herald today has an editorial praising Minnesota for their progress in reducing DUI-related fatalities, and lashing North Dakota for failing to achieve the same progress. The editorial is correct in a top-level sort of way. Minnesota has made tremendous progress on this front. From 1998 to 2017 the state saw a more than

Joshua Wynne, dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, was named interim president of the university on Thursday, May 30. (Photo courtesy of UND Today)

Plain Talk: Wynne Says Former UND President Mark Kennedy’s Progress Was “Tainted” by “Personality Issues”

Former University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy, who left that position under a cloud of criticism to take a new one at the University of Colorado, did a lot of good things according to interim UND President Joshua Wynne. He said, on this episode of Plain Talk, that you have to “separate the message

Print Column: Forget Governor, Is Heitkamp Angling for a Cabinet Appointment?

MINOT, N.D. — Recently Joel Heitkamp, brother of former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, has been begging the question about whether or not his sister will run for governor. It’s a business move. Anyone who has seen the numbers knows Heitkamp’s radio audience is so old it’s shrinking due to death. He’s trying to wring the

Plain Talk: Lawmaker Says Criticism of Legislature’s Ethics Moves Are Inaccurate

After voters passed Measure 1 last year, a so-called “ethics” amendment to the state constitution, the Legislature was tasked with implementing it. But the left wing supporters of the amendment have claimed that the legislature hasn’t done a good job, leaving loopholes in the law which they say would allow unethical activity to continue. State

Small Town Grocery Stores Don’t Need Government Assistance, They Need Better Business Models

“An interim committee of the North Dakota Legislature will study how food gets into rural areas and how the system can be improved,” reports my colleague Jenny Schlecht She’s referring to SCR4013 (read it below) introduced by Senator Jim Dotzenrod (R-Wyndmere), and co-sponsored by Senator Jerry Klein (R-Fessenden) who is a retired grocery store owner

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