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Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., meets with the Grand Forks Herald Editorial to discuss his first few months in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Photo/ Emily Allen, Grand Forks Herald)

Plain Talk: Congressman Armstrong Tells Critics “I Had an Oil Well in My First Campaign Ad”

Plain Talk: Congressman Armstrong Tells Critics “I Had an Oil Well in My First Campaign Ad”

Congressman Kelly Armstrong has come under fire this week for his background working and investing in the oil industry. Some say it should disqualify him from serving on a House committee tasked with addressing climate change. “Congratulations to the D.C. media. It took them two months to figure out I’m in the oil industry,” Armstrong

Senator Kevin Cramer, pictured here during the 2018 election cycle. (Annie Flanagan/Copyright 2019 The New York Times)

Plain Talk: Senator Cramer Says He’s “Sure” Trump Supports Electoral College Because It Won Him Election in 2016

President Donald Trump is widely seen as a populist leader. So why, in the wake of criticism of the Electoral College from Democrats, would he be saying he supports it given that it’s a decidedly anti-populist institution? Asked on this episode of Plain Talk if maybe Trump supports the Electoral College because it was why

Rep. Joshua Boschee is interviewed after his party's endorsement for Secretary of State at the ND Democratic convention in 2018. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Plain Talk: Democratic Leader Says This Legislative Session Has Been Less Partisan Than Those in the Past

On this episode of the Plain Talk podcast, House Minority Leader Josh Boschee (R-Fargo) talks about the 2019 legislative session so far. He says his Democratic caucus is very interested in the new revenue forecasts coming out this week. He also agreed with me in saying this session has been less partisan than those in

Plain Talk: At the Heart of the Ilhan Omar Controversy Is Identity Politics

At the heart of the controversy surrounding Rep. Ilhan Omar and her remarks on Jews and Israel are certain pernicious realities about identity politics. Much of the defense of Omar has become a contest to see whose demographic group has been victimized more. When the House of Representatives passed a resolution in response to Omar’s

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, leaves federal court in New York, April 16, 2018. (Jeenah Moon/The New York Times/Copyright 2018)

Plain Talk: Senator Cramer Says Cohen Hearing Was “Much to Do About Nothing”

“To me it’s a lot to do about nothing,” Senator Kevin Cramer said of the Cohen hearing on today’s Plain Talk podcast. At the time of our interview Cramer acknowledged having only seen small portions of the testimony, but said he expected anything the President’s former lawyer was saying to be “filtered through the lens

State Rep. Luke Simons (R-Dickinson) Dickinson Press photo

Plain Talk: “I Couldn’t Really Care Less What Somebody in New York Says

Recently a New York Times columnist teed off on proposed legislation here in North Dakota which would ban any government sponsored and/or taxpayer funded gun buyback program. Nicholas Kristof called it “dumbest bit of legislation so far this year.” “I couldn’t really care less what somebody in New York says,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Luke

Plain Talk: Lawmaker Explains Why We Need Initiated Measure Reform, Closer Look at Oil Boom Crime Stats Paints a Different Picture

On this episode of Plain Talk, state Senator David Hogue talks about his remarkable speech on the Senate floor to flip a unanimous “do not pass” committee recommendation on his resolution to reform initiated measures into a lopsided win in the floor vote. Also, a recent article about crime during the Bakken oil boom was

Plain Talk: Does Klobuchar Have a Chance in a Democratic Party That’s Shifted So Far Left?

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar launched her campaign for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination this weekend. Klobuchar styles herself as a moderate and pragmatist from flyover country. An antidote to the struggles Democrats faced in the 2016 election when it came to winning over voters in states like Wisconsin. In fact, Klobuchar has vowed to make

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