columnist Rob Port

Rob Port

Columnist

Rob Port was a pioneer in political blogging in North Dakota, founding SayAnythingBlog.com 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.

On this episode of Plain Talk, we discuss the jolt of excitement North Dakota's general election ballot just received from a couple of independent candidates, and the approval of a measure legalizing recreational marijuana. We also discuss Rep. Liz Cheney losing in the Wyoming primary.
A political leader willing to lose on principle is a rarity in any era of American history. Seeing one in 2022, as Trump trumpets lies and incites violence about the 2020 election, is something akin to spotting a dinosaur in the wild.
What is the culture war if not a pitched battle to impose one group's preferred culture on others, without much effort invested in trying to find compromise and accord? I don't care which side of that fight you're on; if you're in it, you're part of the problem.
The North Dakota Republican Party no longer has any obligation to pretend as though Rick Becker is a member in good standing, whatever Becker himself might have to say about it.
Let's not forget who it was that thought it a good idea for the school board to open this front in the culture war. Serving on a school board is not a license to indulge in personal political vendettas.
The home of Charles Tuttle, who helped organize signature-gathering efforts for the ballot measure, was search by Bureau of Criminal Investigation personnel.
If elected, Mund would have to choose a party to work with. Who would she choose? Maybe she'll refuse to answer, just as she's refused to answer who she voted for in 2020.
When Rick Becker was seeking the North Dakota GOP's nomination, he said he intended to respect the vote of the convention delegates. That was his explanation for not continuing to pursue the nomination on the June primary ballot. Yet here we are in August, and Becker is reigniting his campaign, collecting signatures so that he can appear on the November ballot as an independent.
I'm just not seeing a constituency of North Dakota voters that Mund could appeal to that's large enough to lead her to victory. But, again, that's assuming that she's running to win, and not as a way to keep her celebrity alive post-Miss America.
Now that Roe v. Wade is no more, and the democratic process has engaged, we're going to be learning a lot about how Americans feel about abortion. I think we're going to find out that they are not nearly so pro-life or pro-choice as we've been led to believe.