Tag Archives: Kent Conrad


“I’m Not Going To Be…Lobbying” Said Kent Conrad Before Taking Lobbying Job

“I’m Not Going To Be…Lobbying” Said Kent Conrad Before Taking Lobbying Job

“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 just before finishing his final term in the U.S. Senate. Now, one of the problems I always had with Senator Conrad was that he seemed to say one


Video: Byron Dorgan Tries To Explain Why Democrats Can’t Win In North Dakota

North Dakota Democrats got a shellacking on election night. On the statewide ballot only Ag Commission candidate Ryan Taylor got more than 40 percent of the vote. And despite a long campaign against the Republican-controlled Legislature, complete with accusations of too much focus on abortion and denying little kids their milk, the best Democrats were

Senator Kent Conrad, North Dakota

Not A Very Flattering Portrait Of Former North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad

Lindsay Mark Lewis is a former political fundraiser who has written a new book called Political Mercenaries: The Inside Story of How Fundraisers Allowed Billionaires to Take Over Politics. In Politico Magazine today he’s got a column about one of the politicians he worked for, former North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad. It doesn’t paint a very


Heidi Heitkamp And The “Sneak It Past The Rubes” Theory

At The Weekly Standard Jay Cost writes about what he describes as the “sneak it past the rubes” theory. North Dakotans might recognize the tactic, and the names of a few of its former practitioners: It seems that the Democrats have been developing a third model of representation of late: Call it the “sneak it past


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