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Plain Talk: Jussie Smollett and Privilege, Plus North Dakota’s New Law Holding Anti-Pipeline Zealots Accountable

Plain Talk: Jussie Smollett and Privilege, Plus North Dakota’s New Law Holding Anti-Pipeline Zealots Accountable

On today’s Plain Talk, Jussie Smollett got away with something in Chicago. What does that mean for our notions about privilege in America? Also, state Senator Janne Myrdal (R-Edinburg) talks about her bill, now sitting on Governor Doug Burgum’s desk, which aims to hold political zealots who vandalize or impede critical infrastructure like pipelines accountable.

Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. Bismarck Tribune photo

Holding Political Extremists Accountable for Violence and Vandalism Is Not an Effort to “Chill Speech”

The ACLU opposes SB2044, a bill which clarifies law around tampering with critical infrastructure like power plants or pipelines and ups the penalties for doing so, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why. According to the organization the bill is an assault on protected speech. They said, on the occasion of

We Have to Hold the Groups Behind Valve Turners Criminally Responsible for Pipeline Tampering Before They End up Killing Someone

Yesterday a group of political extremists broke into an Enbridge pipeline facility in Minnesota and attempted to turn off two oil pipelines. Specifically the company’s Line 3 and Line 4 pipelines, which have a combined capacity of over half a million barrels of oil per day. The company is in the process of replacing the

Valve Turner Michael Foster

ACLU Calls North Dakota Bill Targeting Meddling With “Critical Infrastructure” Unconstitutional

Back in 2016, during the heights of the #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipelines, a group of left wing activists calling themselves “valve turners” broke into pipeline facilities and, well, turned some valves. One of the valves turned was in North Dakota, along TransCanda’s Keystone line. This was a spectacularly stupid thing to do.

Podcast: Earl Pomeroy, Janne Myrdal, Mac Schneider

It was a busy day for guests on the radio show today. Former Congressman Earl Pomeroy joined me to talk about his on-going criticism of the lawsuit against Obamacare. Republican state Senator Janne Myrdal of District 10 joined me to talk about her difficulties in getting a meeting with Senator “work with anyone” Heitkamp. U.S.

Senator Nicole Poolman (R-Bismarck) speaks in favor of her resolution to study the Life Skills and Transition Center in Grafton, ND.

Video: “People With Disabilities Shouldn’t Be Seen as a Means of Economic Development”

The floor debate today in the state Senate over  was probably one of the most frustrating spectacles I’ve seen to date in the 2017 legislative session. Governor Doug Burgum campaigned on a platform of reinventing state government. Making it more efficient. Finding a way for public servants to do more with less. What the Senate

State Senator Janne Myrdal, a Republican from District 10, argues in favor of her bill allowing local school boards to waive weather make up days.

Video: Should School Boards Have to Ask the Governor to Waive Weather Make up Days?

“I did not think this one would be that controversial,” state Senator Janne Myrdal (R-District 10) said of her bill, SB2220, during a floor debate. I didn’t think it would be controversial either. The change is pretty simple. Under current law if a school wants to waive the obligation to make up days lost due

State Senator Merrill Piepkorn, a Democrat from Fargo, speaks against legislation loosening requirements for carrying a concealed carry weapons permit.

State Senate Votes to Loosen Requirements for Carrying Concealed Carry Permits

Under current North Dakota if you are the holder of a valid concealed carry permit but get caught carrying your weapon without your permit on your person you will be cited for a Class A Misdemeanor. Today the state Senate voted to loose that law a bit, passing by a 44-2 margin SB2139, introduced by

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