John Dorso served in the North Dakota legislature from 1985 to 1999, and served as the House Majority Leader from 1997 – 1999. He was also the Republican candidate against former US Congressman Earl Pomeroy in 2000.
He’s now published a book about governance called, When Governance Worked: It’s Time to Chart a New Course. It was published earlier this month.
From the Amazon.com description:
Here’s a first hand account of governance and politics in the North Dakota legislature in the 1980’s & 1990’s, where a number of significant issues were resolved through working together for the common good. It is a testament to the men and women of the North Dakota legislature, who when needed could put partisanship aside, and make the important decisions required to benefit the citizens of North Dakota.
I haven’t read the book yet – I’ll post a review after I do – but I’m always a little suspicious of calls to “set partisanship aside.” Usually that means that you, and not the one making the call for an end of partisanship, should change your position.
Democracy has always been a messy, ugly business and every age of politics thinks of itself as the worst age (just as ever generation thinks succeeding generations are the most decadent, etc., etc.). But better the ugly, factious brawl of democracy than the alternatives, which are either totalitarianism or war and anarchy.
It will be interesting to read Mr. Dorso’s book.