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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.

Making policy in a knee-jerk response to trending media topics is as unwise as making it based on anecdotes.
North Dakota is an outlier in hot sauce fandom. A reader accuses me of being obsessed with Rick Becker. People are still buying the stolen election lie. Also, can we change how we use mugshots? If you'd like to send correspondence for this column, send it to rport@forumcomm.com.
A school official frustrated with a reporter's coverage was able to convince a law enforcement agent to launch an investigation that included seizing that reporter's phone so she could comb through all the personal and professional information on it. That shouldn't have happened, and it cannot happen again.
Rep. Rick Becker was left with few good options. The ranks of his allies have been thinned, he's alienated vast swaths of his own political party, he's earned the enmity of leaders in the state's medical community, and the Trump-driven political shift that fueled his metamorphosis from thoughtful libertarian into a populist culture warrior isn't aging well. Who can blame him for opting out?
Supreme Court Justice Daniel Crothers talks about his re-election campaign, and a discussion of the controversy around the medical license of politician who has been outspoken about the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that aren't sitting well with his colleagues.
I say we keep the filibuster and start electing a better class of citizens.
Every day we see crime stories and mugshots in the media. How often do we think about the human beings behind those stories? How often do we default to the prosecution's narrative in those stories?
If you want advice about COVID-19 and the vaccines, make an appointment with your primary care physician who will examine you and your medical history, and then dispense advice to you privately in a way that's not calculated to titillate an audience. But as for Becker and the question of medical ethics before us? We ought to tread carefully.
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.
His slogan may as well have gone from "Make America Great Again" to "Make Trump Great Again."