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Plain Talk: Congressman Armstrong Says Constituents Aren’t Asking About the Mueller Report, Lawmakers Take Auditor’s Authority Away

Plain Talk: Congressman Armstrong Says Constituents Aren’t Asking About the Mueller Report, Lawmakers Take Auditor’s Authority Away

On this episode of Plain Talk Congressman Kelly Armstrong takes listener questions and talks about some recent town hall events he’s held. He said constituents have a lot of questions about immigration and trade policy, but nobody is asking about the Mueller report despite the amount of media attention it’s getting. Also, state lawmakers have

Speed limit sign (Joshua Komer / Grand Forks Herald)

North Dakota Is Third Lowest in the Nation When It Comes to Speeding Tickets Per Capita

According to data put together by (checks link) a Honda dealership in Yonkers (yeah, beats me), North Dakota had the third lowest rate of speeding tickets in the nation as measured per 10,000 citizens. The methodology was pretty simple. “[W]e were able to get at least one year of speeding ticket data from between 2011-2017

A North Dakota farmer cutting his grain. File photo

What Is North Dakota’s Corporate Farming Ban Protecting Us From Again?

This year Governor Doug Burgum signed into law a bill passed by lawmakers which waters down North Dakota’s corporate farming ban a bit. It’s now legal for you to form a corporation for farming or ranching with your second cousin. In fighting against that change, the traditional defenders of the corporate farming ban mouthed their

Print Column: Don’t Let Politicians Deflect Criticism by Playing Victim

MINOT, N.D. — The idea that President Donald Trump put Rep. Ilhan Omar in danger because he tweeted criticism of her is absurd. And yet, it’s become a talking point for Democrats up to and including certain candidates who would like to replace Trump in the White House. Trump’s criticism of Omar’s remarks about the 9/11 attacks

Tim Hoye, left, and Kylie Oversen

Kylie Oversen, Tim Hoye Vying for Chair of North Dakota Democratic Party

According to multiple sources, attorney Kylie Oversen is throwing her hat in to lead the North Dakota Democratic Party. Again. Oversen was chair of the party previously from 2015 to 2018, stepping down in the middle of election season last year to focus on her unsuccessful bid for Tax Commissioner. She hasn’t had a lot

No hunting and no trespassing signs could become a thing of the past under a bill being considered by the North Dakota Legislature. But many conflicts remain to be resolved over Senate Bill 2315. Jenny Schlecht / Forum News Service

If Hunting Groups Keep Winning Political Battles Over Posting Land They Could Lose the War

As it was originally introduced, SB2315 would have ended the presumption of open access to rural land for activities like hunting. Under current law, if property owners like farmers and ranchers don’t want want the public on their land they have to post it as closed. The intent of SB2315 was to turn that requirement

State Rep. Todd Porter (R-Mandan) answers questions about an amendment to SB2140. Screen capture via legislative video feed

Video: House Bill Would Allow Law Enforcement to Seize Guns From Legal Medical Marijuana Users

When it passed the state Senate SB2140, introduced by Senator Oley Larsen (R-Minot), would have added a section to the North Dakota Century Code allowing a person 30 days to prove to law enforcement they can lawfully carry a concealed weapon. Current law requires people carrying a weapon to produce their license immediately upon demand

Recently elected Ruth Buffalo celebrates after being sworn in on Dec. 3 to serve the North Dakota House of Representatives. Photo courtesy of Lea Black Photography

Rep. Ruth Buffalo Is Not a Victim Because Somebody Asked Her About Her Travel Expenses

Earlier this week I wrote a post about state Rep. Ruth Buffalo and an appearance she made at a left wing rally in Tennessee sponsored by Represent.us. That group was one of the big-money backers behind the Measure 1 “ethics” campaign last cycle, and it sure seemed odd to me that a lawmaker attending an

The North Dakota state Capitol tower in Bismarck Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Guest Post: North Dakota Has a Looming Problem With Unaccountable Occupational Licensing Boards

This guest post was submitted by Rod St. Aubyn, who served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1991 to 1994, and the state Senate from 1995 to 2000. He has also worked as a lobbyist. The Legislature is ignoring a potential problem. For many years now, the Legislature has delegated authority to unelected

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread stands in the state Capitol press room Thursday, March 28, 2019. John Hageman / Forum News Service

Plain Talk: ND Insurance Commissioner Seeks to Address Chaos Obamacare Has Caused in the Individual Marketplace

Absent reform at the federal level, there are only so many things states like North Dakota can do under the strictures of Obamacare to address real problems with access and affordability in the individual insurance market, but North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread is intent on doing what can be done. His office is touting