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Byron Dorgan Registers His First Lobbying Client

Byron Dorgan Registers His First Lobbying Client

After leaving the US Senate in 2011, former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan went to work for lobbying giant Arent Fox. But it wasn’t until just recently that Dorgan actually registered to lobby on behalf of a client. According to the disclosure form filed by Dorgan (see below) he will now be working on behalf

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

Senator Heidi Heitkamp Gives Lengthy Non-Answer To Question About Running For Governor

Valley News Live’s Chris Berg interviewed Senator Heidi Heitkamp recently and asked her about persistent rumors I’d posted about on the blog a couple of weeks ago which have her running for governor in 2016. As I wrote at the time, these are just rumors, but they’re being circulated among some pretty well-connected people. And

First You Subsidize Them, Then You Work For Them

In the Washington Examiner today Tim Carney uses former Byron Dorgan staffer Elizabeth Gore as an example of the revolving door between the power brokers in Washington DC and the companies the funnel taxpayer subsidies to. Byron Dorgan, when he was a U.S. senator, directed taxpayer money to clean-coal research. Elizabeth Gore, Dorgan’s chief of

Former Senator Dorgan Writes Sequel To Novel Which Cast Oil Speculators As Terrorists

Since retiring from the US Senate, Byron Dorgan has been writing fiction. Or, given that his previous non-fiction books were ghost written, paying someone to write it for him. His first fiction novel, Blowout, was a depressing assemblage of left-wing conspiracy theories about the energy industry, featuring evil hedge fund managers who try to derail

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Heidi Heitkamp For Governor In 2016?

We’re well into the low-ebb in North Dakota’s political cycle. The elections are over. The legislative session is over. Now there’s little to do for the next several months other than speculate about what may take place during next year’s campaign season. One rumor I’ve been hearing persistently for a while now from credible sources

It's Funny How Politicians Are Never Around With Economic Development Projects Go Sour

Today Congressman Kevin Cramer posted this picture on his Facebook page showing himself, Senator John Hoeven and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (among other dignitaries) breaking ground at the Norther Plains Commerce Center. Bobcat, which once upon a time had fled the industrial park which has been heavily subsidized by the government, has returned and is building

Byron Dorgan's Mansion Profiled In Home & Design Magazine

There’s something ironically hilarious about Senator Byron Dorgan – “the old populist, man of the people” as the reader who emailed me the link described – showing off his McLean, Virginia mansion to Home & Design, “The magazine of architecture and fine interiors.” “Of course he waited to open his doors until after leaving office,”

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Is North Dakota One Of The Most Conservative States In America?

A new Gallup poll has North Dakota ranked as one of the most conservative in America based on how North Dakotans describe themselves: By many measures, the state is quite conservative. The presence of just one abortion clinic, just barely across the border from Minnesota in Fargo, speaks to how socially conservative the state is.

Kent Conrad Will Earn $20,000 – $50,000 On Public Speaking Tour

The headline says Conrad will earn something in that price range for public speaking gigs now that his Senate career is (thankfully) over, but it seems unlikely to this observer that anyone would pay that much to Conrad say dry, obvious things about the nation’s finances. Conrad was a regular guest on the cable talk

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