Tag Archives: Kent Conrad

Senators Durbin, Alexander, Heitkamp, And Enzi Speak On The Marketplace Fairness Act

North Dakota Democrats Shifting To The Right On Trade?

North Dakota Democrats Shifting To The Right On Trade?

Last night the U.S. Senate passed a trade bill that gives the executive branch a “fast track” process to bringing trade agreements before Congress. This is a generally positive development. The easier trade is, the better off we all are. But among the surprising votes for the agreement was Senator Heidi Heitkamp. You can see


ND Democrats Fighting Oil Tax Reform Should Take A Lesson From Kent Conrad

In the House Finance and Taxation committee today there is heated testimony over a delayed bill to eliminate a tax exemption triggered by low oil prices which could cost the state billions of revenues in the next biennium. Currently a 100 percent exemption to the state’s 6.5 percent extraction tax is on pace to trigger


“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