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August "Augie" Kersten stands in front of a mural he paid to paint on the side of his bar, the Lonesome Dove, but the City of Mandan says he must remove it. Photo courtesy of the Institute for Justice

Podcast: A Local Government’s War on Art

Podcast: A Local Government’s War on Art

The City of Manadan put some local business owners through a “five month bureaucratic nightmare just so they could play art critic.” That’s what August “Augie” Kersten, a co-owner of the Lonesome Dove bar in Mandan, said on this episode of Plain Talk. After he paid an employee, who is also an artist, to paint

State Rep. Marvin Nelson (D-Rolla) (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Plain Talk: Lawmaker Wants a Pay Day for Suing the State

On this episode of Plain Talk, state Rep. Marvin Nelson (D-Rolla) wants the courts to award him a six figure payout after he and four other plaintiffs sued the state to deny retroactive payments to royalty owners. His lawyers also want $62 million in fees. Meanwhile the royalty owners, who were denied payments for mineral

Podcast: On the Jay Thomas Show Talking Social Media, the Search for a New President at UND, and Student Loan Debt

Here’s audio from my segment on the Jay Thomas show today. We talked about the problems with social media, the search for a new president at the University of North Dakota, and student loan debt. New episodes of Plain Talk come out weekday mornings. Want the podcast delivered to your devices daily? Use the links

Plain Talk: Can You Be an Elected Official and a Reporter at the Same Time?

On this episode of Plain Talk, state Rep. Matt Eidson (D-Grand Forks) talks about how he plans to manage being an elected official as well as a reporter. Eidson has taken internships with Prairie Public and the Grand Forks Herald (owned by Forum Communications Company which also employs me), and says he’ll work hard to

State Auditor Josh Gallion presents his Governor's Travel and Use of State Resources report to members of the Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee on June 27, 2018, at the state Capitol in Bismarck.

Plain Talk: Auditor Says He Would Have Preferred Legislature Coming Back Into Session to Restore His Office’s Powers

Recently state Auditor Josh Gallion met with legislative leaders to discuss last-minute legislation jammed through at the recent session in Bismarck to diminish his office’s ability to perform performance audits. While that meeting seems to have produced a consensus that the legislation should have been subjected to a more thorough debate, Senate Majority Leader Rich

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: Armstrong Says Congress Does Do Other Stuff Besides Talking About Mueller, Trump

It can be hard to tell at times, but Congressman Kelly Armstrong says Congress does actually do things aside from hold hearings about the Mueller investigation and President Donald Trump’s alleged obstruction and collusion. On this episode of Plain Talk he describes progress on bipartisan legislation to address opioid abuse, but acknowledged that the Democratic

Senator Kevin Cramer David Samson / The Forum

Plain Talk: Senator Cramer Says Trump Scandals Are “Uninteresting to the Vast Majority of People”

From local columnists to national television pundits, the political media can’t get enough of President Donald Trump. His tweets and his rallies, his tax returns and sometimes even the actual policies of his administration, are all fodder for intense scrutiny. On this episode of Plain Talk Senator Kevin Cramer, responding to a listener question, says

Plain Talk: Who Was Using the Director’s Signature?

The director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s drivers license division was on leave from February to early March pending an investigation into his workplace conduct. In early March he resigned. Yet during that time the DOT continued to use his signature on forms certifying records for administrative hearings related to license suspensions. Who

Plain Talk: Can’t the People Be Trusted to Vote on Amendments to the Initiated Measure Process?

Proponents of North Dakota’s initiated measure process argue that the will of the people, as expressed at the ballot box, is the ultimate arbiter of political questions. So why then does a group of initiated measure enthusiasts, led by activist Dustin Gawrylow, want to stop the people from voting on amendments to the initiated measure

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