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columnist Rob Port

Rob Port


Rob Port was a pioneer in political blogging in North Dakota, founding in 2003. Since then he's worked in talk radio and published print columns as well. Currently he publishes digital and print columns for the Forum News Service, and also hosts the Plain Talk podcast.

Before beginning his writing career, he spent 10 years working as a private investigator specializing in insurance fraud, accessing public records, and criminal defense.

He speaks English.

American Democracy isn't just about winning elections. It's about respecting the process even when it produces a result you don't like.
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Roers Jones is currently a state representative, having been elected to the House from District 26 in 2016.
If UND means to implement a fair policy that serves the interests of everyone on campus, and not just serve knee-jerk desires to be in line with the latest political trends, they need to do better than what they've done so far.
This situation deserves something more than a mea culpa from Stenehjem and the BCI. We need to make sure that Remus and other law enforcement agents across the state understand North Dakota's shield law for reporters, and the importance of the work reporters do.
We've been living with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the extraordinary government interventions it has provoked, for two years now. When should the river of deficit-exploding federal money, borrowed from our nation's creditors against the tax dollars our children will pay, dry up?
Majority Leader Chet Pollert talks about his consequential career in the Legislature, including work as an influential appropriator and as a majority leader under whose leadership a lawmaker was expelled for the first time in history. Also, Rep. Michael Howe talks about a potential run for secretary of state.
Did everyone forget that North Dakota already has a term limits law on the books?
Before you left-of-center readers rush to defend the president, remember that Biden spent much of his campaign for the White House, and the bulk of his first year in office, talking about restoring the trust of the American people. I ask you, how does this restore trust?
It is absolutely hypocritical that Democrats who revile the idea of requiring a state-issued ID to vote are enthusiastic about requiring a vaccine passport to eat a burger with a friend. Cramer is right to call that out. But he's wrong to try to fight that hypocrisy with more hypocrisy.