"We weren't good at it when we were in control," Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) said, in response to a Plain Talk listener question, of controlling budget deficits. The questioner was specifically asking about President Donald Trump's tax cuts and their impact on the nation's budget deficit and national debt.
A legislative source forwarded me an email exchange which illustrates perfectly the Legislature’s efforts to implement Measure 1 (ethics) approved by voters last year. And why many observers, including myself and the ACLU , opposed the measure as an infringement on speech and political activity unreasonable to the point of being unconstitutional.
On this episode of Plain Talk Leann Bertsch, head of the North Dakota Department of Corrections, joined me to talk about the progress toward moving female inmates out of a troubled facility in New England, North Dakota. Or, more accurately, lack of progress.
On this episode of Plain Talk, state Senator David Hogue talks about his remarkable speech on the Senate floor to flip a unanimous "do not pass" committee recommendation on his resolution to reform initiated measures into a lopsided win in the floor vote. Also, https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/even-at-its-peak-violent-crime-in-... " target="
MINOT, N.D. -- The populist cranks slobbering about the initiated measure process and how it represents the “will of the people” have a hypocrisy at the heart of their argument.
The state Senate’s Committee’ on Government and Veteran Affairs voted on SCR4001 they gave it a unanimous “do not pass” recommendation. The resolution, introduced by Senator David Hogue (R-Minot), would amend the state constitution to require that ballot initiative which would amend the state constitution be approved by the Legislature in addition to the voters.
"It remains to be seen whether he really does have the power," Senator Kevin Cramer Cramer said on today's episode of Plain Talk in response to a question about President Donald Trump using an emergency declaration to free up funding for border security. "Clearly it's going to be challenged in the courts," Cramer added. "I have my doubts this declaration will be held up by the courts of the Congress," he continued. Responding to a question about Trump accusing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of "treasonous" and "illegal" activities, Cramer said "I'm not sure this is an exaggeratio
According to a survey commissioned by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, most North Dakotans can’t pass the citizenship test immigrants must take to gain residency in the United States. But that’s not unusual. Almost all of the states would flunk the test, according to the data. In fact, North Dakota had the 9th highest scores in the nation, but that’s not much to brag about given how poorly just about everyone did.
On this episode of Plain Talk, civil asset forfeiture has been a hot topic in Bismarck. Proposed legislation would creating new reporting requirements for how law enforcement uses the procedure, and it would also require a conviction for a crime before any assets are forfeited. McLean County State's Attorney Ladd Erickson and Fargo-based defense attorney Mark Friese debate the reforms. Also, a lot of people are saying good things about socialism these days.
For some reason, there has been a spate of pro-socialism letters to the editor in the Red River Valley of late. A letter to the editor of the Fargo Forum this week derided President Donald Trump’s stand against socialism during his State of the Union speech by making the rather bizarre claim that “socialism and private enterprise work very well together.”