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Daily Beast senior columnist Matt Lewis joins this episode of Plain Talk to discuss the national midterms, while Wednesday co-host Chad Oban and I discuss the trajectory of the competitive Republican legislative primaries here in North Dakota.
An attorney representing North Dakota's coal industry talks about the federal government's efforts to add more clear air regulations on top of the state's already excellent program. Matuor Alier, a candidate for Fargo City Commission, talks about his campaign.
Sen. Kevin Cramer joins this episode of Plain Talk.
New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin joins this episode of Plain Talk to discuss his new book about the aftermath of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot. Chad and Rob also discuss the political implications of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

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Dr. Vernon Smith is speaking this week at North Dakota State University's Challey Institute as a part of the Menard Family's Distinguished Speakers Series. His work has focused on natural resources, experimental economics, and the roles trust, love, and empathy play in society.
Kurt Swenson, a landowner in negotiations with Summit Carbon Solutions, and Daryl Lies, the president of the North Dakota Farm Bureau, joined this episode of Plain Talk to talk about what landowners want from the Midwest Carbon Express pipeline.
An influential and conservative lawmaker from North Dakota's coal country talks about what it's like to get caught up in the culture wars that are convulsing Republican politics both locally and nationally.
"Why should the constitution not have more respect than statutory law?" asks Jeff Zarling, a spokesman for Protect North Dakota's Constitution, the group behind a ballot measure to require a supermajority vote for constitutional amendments.
Ves Marinov, a candidate for Fargo's city commission and a law enforcement officer in his day job, joined this episode of Plain Talk to talk about the issues he's campaigning on. Also, Nazer Fahad, spokesman for the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington, D.C., discusses oil prices, Ukraine, and middle eastern peace efforts.
Two backers of a new ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana join this episode of Plain Talk to discuss their proposal.

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On this episode Sen. John Hoeven talks about his recent victory at the NDGOP convention and the divides in politics both within the North Dakota Republican Party and nationally. Also Ben Hanson, a former state lawmaker who is seeking a seat on the Cass County Commission, talks about the intrigues of running for local office.
Public Service Commissioner Sheri Haugen-Hoffart, who was recently appointed to that office and is now seeking election to finish her term, talks about what she brings to the commission on this episode of Plain Talk.
On this episode three committed baseball nerds — Congressman Kelly Armstrong, Chad Oban, and Rob Port — talk about their favorite sport at the dawn of a new season.

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