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Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach made a campaign stop in Willmar on Friday to urge local party members to support Republican candidates going into the election.
Tony Bender writes about joining old friends to say goodbye to former North Dakota GOP Chairman Tom Secrest.
Republican Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak joins this episode of Plain Talk for a conversation that kicks off a series of debates between North Dakota's statewide candidates. Fedorchak's Democratic-NPL challenger, Melanie Moniz, declined to participate.
Conservatives used to talk a lot about personal responsibility. You don't hear much about that from today's Republicans.
I don't believe Rick Becker is racist or homophobic, but I do think he lacks the integrity to speak out about those things when it's not politically convenient. That's the sort of person Rick Becker is. Voters, take note.
I called Ethan Harsell for comment, and the District 43 candidate for state House told me the posts "do not reflect me at all," claiming that they were made when he was younger, although the examples I cited were all from within the last two years.

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On this episode of Plain Talk, NDGOP Chairman Perrie Schafer says Republican candidates caught up in the controversy over bigoted speech in a North Dakota Young Republicans chat group may lose the support of the party. Also, he says Rick Becker, who is running for the U.S. Senate as an independent after losing the NDGOP's endorsement this spring, a man who "can't be trusted."
The NDGOP said it condemned the anti-gay, antisemitic messages used in a private messaging group, but a Democratic leader said the Republican Party enables the messaging. NDSU said the rhetoric is protected by free speech.
"While the comments are protected free speech, I want to reaffirm that NDSU values a community that is inclusive and collegial, and those comments are not reflective of our values," NDSU President David Cook said in a released statement sent ahead of the video's publication.

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