Earl Pomeroy served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1980 to 1985, as state Insurance Commissioner from 1985 to 1992, and as the state's at-large member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2010.

He knows a thing or two about state politics.

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And national politics.

He joins this episode of Plain Talk Live to talk about the state of national politics, the rise of the Trump movement, the withering of Democratic appeal in rural America, and perhaps some thoughts on unemployment benefits.

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