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Port: What if what wins elections isn’t what’s good for the country?

Port: What if what wins elections isn’t what’s good for the country?

Minot, N.D. — I’m a sucker for a good baseball metaphor, so when Derek Thompson wrote in the Atlantic about what the “moneyball” approach to America’s pastime has done to the game’s appeal as entertainment, and what that might mean for other areas of our lives, it caught my attention. Moneyball, for those of you who aren’t

Port: Abortion ban injunction is an egregious act of judicial activism and the judge ought to be recalled

Minot, N.D. — I’m probably spitting in the wind on this one, because everyone who has an opinion on District Court Judge Bruce Romanick’s decision to keep in place an injunction blocking North Dakota’s abortion ban is going to filter it through their existing abortion opinions. Pro-choice people are going to like his position, because

Plain Talk: Former California cop says North Dakota’s marijuana ballot measure won’t make our state like hers

Minot, N.D. — A national anti-marijuana group that is organizing the opposition to Measure 2, which, if passed by North Dakota voters, would legalize recreational marijuana, has been touting support from several law enforcement groups. These organizations say legalizing marijuana will hurt public safety. There will be more crime. More inebriated driving. “When you look

Port: What if Republicans just acknowledged that we have an extremism problem and took responsibility for it?

Minot, N.D. — I wrote my weekend column about the recent debates between North Dakota’s U.S. Senate candidates. Those events featured Republican incumbent John Hoeven’s angry challengers — former Republican Rick Becker and Democratic-NPL candidate Katrina Christiansen — laying their campaign strategies bare. They hope to create enough hate for Hoeven that one of them

Port: We don’t need more angry people in Washington

MINOT, N.D. — This last week the three candidates for the U.S. Senate — incumbent Republican John Hoeven, Democrat Katrina Christiansen, and former Republican Rick Becker — performed in two debates. I moderated one, on my Plain Talk podcast, along with former Democratic-NPL executive director Chad Oban; Prairie Public hosted the other. Both events were

Port: Yes, carbon capture really is progress

MINOT, N.D. — Scott Skokos is a professional political operative working for a left-wing, dark money group called the Dakota Resource Council, which spends thousands and thousands of dollars on activism aimed at attacking North Dakota’s energy industry. Who gives money to this group? We don’t know. Per their Form 990, filed with the IRS,

Plain Talk: In first debate, North Dakota Senate candidates spar on farm policy, energy, abortion, Ukraine

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota has three candidates running for the United States Senate. Incumbent Sen. John Hoeven, who was first elected to that office in 2010, is facing a challenge from Democratic-NPL candidate Katrina Christiansen and independent candidate Rick Becker. On this episode of Plain Talk, all three candidates met for the first time