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Plain Talk With Rob Port

Nov 29, 2023

This week a group of filmmakers representing the bulk of North Dakota's film industry gathered outside of Gov. Doug Burgum's office, in the Memorial Hall of the state capitol building, to make a point about the process surrounding $700,000 in grants made to one Bismarck-based production company.

Matt Fern, who is also...

Nov 17, 2023

Sometimes politicians are rich when they go into politics. Sometimes they get rich, somehow, while collecting the relatively modest salary that comes with even some of the highest-level elected offices.

How does that happen? And why is there such a disconnect between the ardent, eat-the-rich populism of this moment and...

Nov 15, 2023

New results from the North Dakota poll were characterized by the sponsor of the poll, the North Dakota News Cooperative, as well as many media outlets covering those results, as showing that state lawmakers are out of step with voters on issues like abortion and ballot measures.

Of course, in the coming elections, most...

Nov 10, 2023

I don't think many people were surprised that Gov. Doug Burgum did not take first place in the North Dakota Poll's presidential preference survey.

Like it or not, Donald Trump is a singular political figure among Republicans in this moment in history. He makes his own gravity.

Of course he was going to be the first...

Nov 8, 2023

Thanks to the widely-reported consternation over carbon pipelines, carbon capture has become a hot-button issue. But political kerfuffles tend to obscure that North Dakota is on the bleeding edge of carbon capture and storage technology.

On this episode of Plain Talk, Jeff Zueger, the CEO of Harvestone, joined us to...