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After Saying He’d Never Lobby, Kent Conrad Gets A Job That’s Sort Of Lobbying

After Saying He’d Never Lobby, Kent Conrad Gets A Job That’s Sort Of Lobbying

“The one thing I know I’m not going to be doing is lobbying.” That’s what former North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad told the Bismarck Tribune in 2012 while being interviewed about his plans post-Senate. Flash forward to 2014, and Conrad just took a gig with public relations giant Edelman: Former senators Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) and


Obama Appoints Kent Conrad’s Ethics Lawyer To White House Counsel

President Obama has a new White House Counsel, and he’s got a lengthy history in defending ethically-challenged politicians. Including North Dakota’s own Kent Conrad who faced an inquiry into a discounted “VIP loan” he received from Countrywide Financial around the same time he was helping to usher bailout legislation for Countrywise through the Senate. During the 2008-9


Democrats To Honor “Team North Dakota” Which Disbanded After Obamacare Vote

When you’re as thoroughly marginalized as North Dakota Democrats are, functions like the state convention become difficult. It’s hard to make a show of force when you have exactly one person who was elected on the statewide ballot. So, Democrats must resort to looking into their past for people to put on display at their


From The Left: Lack Of Candidates Shows Leadership Problem At The Dem-NPL

I first got actively involved with North Dakota Democrats after the 2002 elections. On election night that year, I decided I was tired of watching the Republicans be re-elected election after election without any noticeable competition. While I had always paid attention to politics, and I had always voted, I really left the selection of


Remember When North Dakota’s Senators Didn’t Live In The State?

Recently the New York Times  reported that Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, doesn’t actually own a home of his own in his state. He’s a fixture in DC politics, and owns his own home there, but in the state he’s elected to represent he lists the address of a long-time campaign donor as his official address. “[T]he


On Television: Heidi Heitkamp Should Be More Like Kevin Cramer

Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks I was on television last night – Chris Berg’s 6:30 Point of View show on Valley News Live – and we talked about Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s media strategy and higher education. Berg is still having problems getting Heitkamp on his program (watch his monologue on that issue


Kudos To Byron Dorgan For Returning Political Contributions

Where politicians get their political contributions from, and how those contributions are spent, get a lot of scrutiny. What often doesn’t get a lot of scrutiny is what happens to the political war chests politicians build up over a career once they resign from office. Forum Communications reporter Kyle Potter has a story focusing on that

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Could Baseball’s Next Commissioner Be From North Dakota?

After standing astride Major League Baseball for more than two decades, Commissioner Bud Selig has announced that he’ll be stepping down from the position after this season wraps up. Who will replace him is yet to be seen – whoever is selected must earn the votes of at least 24 of baseball’s 30 owners –


Cost Of Obamacare Reaches $2.6 Trillion, Democrats Originally Claimed $940 Billion In 2010

In 2010 then-North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad, the self-styled Democrat “budget hawk,” was busy attacking state legislators for supposedly exaggerating the cost of Obamacare. In 2011 Conrad tried to claim that repealing Obamacare would add $1.5 trillion to the national debt because the bill, he claimed, reduced the deficit. In 2012 candidate Heidi Heitkamp who


Democrats: Kevin Cramer Isn’t Hypocritical Enough To Be Like Kent Conrad

Rep. Kevin Cramer held a forum in Minot yesterday and got asked about budget matters. Rep. Cramer told citizens there that he actually agrees with some things former Senator Kent Conrad has said about entitlement reform: “The person that I have listened to, who has been most right on point, has been former senator Kent