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Also on this episode of Plain Talk, a pollster talks about a new survey showing very strong support in North Dakota for coal mining, coal power, and carbon capture.
Roers Jones is currently a state representative, having been elected to the House from District 26 in 2016.
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.
What is blockchain? North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley knows. He's an advocate for it. He tried to explain it to this humble political wonk on this episode of Plain Talk, and what he said makes a lot of sense.

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Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem joins Plain Talk to discuss his retirement, and Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak talks about the ethics debate.
Roxanne Salonen and Devyln Brooks are both Christians. The former is a Catholic; the latter a Lutheran pastor. They both write columns on spirituality, and they joined this episode of Plain Talk to discuss the decline of religion in America with the host, yours truly, who is an atheist.
If we told our public that we see the same problems they do, that they make us disappointed and angry too, it would go a long way toward drawing the important distinctions between the local/regional news media and the national press corps that should have existed all along.
North Dakota may soon be the endpoint for a massive new carbon-gathering pipeline. A vice president of the company building the pipeline joins this episode of Plain Talk to answer questions about it.
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In another time, a party official behaving the way Lundeen did in that video would be censured by his party and perhaps removed from his leadership position in the party. The people of his district would feel shame. These times are not those.

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When we honor history, let's honor all of it, not just the parts that fit the politics of the moment.
My fellow conservatives, we have to cut these people out of the movement. We have to wake up. Not only are the grifters harming our movement, but by extension, they're enabling the progressives.

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