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It’s Time for Congress to Bring Back Earmarks

It’s Time for Congress to Bring Back Earmarks

Not so very long ago conservatives – including yours truly – railed against “pork barrel” earmark spending stuffed into bills before Congress. We held up egregious examples of wasteful spending (I’m sure you folks remember the infamous “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska) and spoke about the need to cut down on waste. The conservatives won

Rod St. Aubyn: New Congress, Same Gridlock

At the federal level we have faced continued gridlock during the past few years.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid famously refused to take up hundreds of House-passed bills, several with bipartisan support.  Senate Republicans were accused of putting up numerous legislative roadblocks to the point where Sen. Reid and his Democrat senators changed the rules

Rod St. Aubyn: Where are the Checks and Balances?

The framers of our Constitution were brilliant men. They constructed a government with built-in “checks and balances” to ensure that no one branch of government would unnecessarily take control of our government. Through the many years, only a few changes to our constitution have been necessary. However as our country and its government has evolved

Does More Republicans In The Senate Mean More Approval For Congress?

The chart above was created by Jeff Dobbs, and it shows an interesting correlation between Congressional approval numbers and the number of Republicans in the Senate. I say correlation, because nothing hear establishes that Republicans in the Senate are necessary the cause of the fluctuations in approval. For one thing, Congress is more than just

From the Left: Michele Bachmann Leaves Congressional Subsidy Behind

Tuesday morning, I was shocked to check my morning news feed and find out that Congresswomen Michele Bachmann (R-MN) would leave Congress at the end of her fourth term in office. This is a good thing for all Americans and a great thing for both Republicans and Democrats in Minnesota’s 6th congressional district. Bachmann has

Dorso Column: Leadership Is Important

If you read my book When Governance Worked you’ll find that some of what was contained in those musings is relevant to this discussion of the recent legislative session. Over the years some things change but in reality much remains the same as when I served. The changes can usually be associated with the different

Will Senator Heitkamp Speak Out Against Dems Roadblocking Resolution Honoring Margaret Thatcher?

In Great Britain they’re getting ready to bury Margaret Thatcher, that country’s first female Prime Minister. But here in America, Senate Democrats are roadblocking a resolution to honor her. Congress passes a lot of resolutions honoring everything from awareness months to championship sports teams. They’re usually passed unanimously and with little fanfare. So the news

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Dorso Column: State Editorial Boards Are Hypocrites About Civil Discourse

I have to admit I read the editorials of the Grand Forks Herald, the Fargo Forum and the Sarasota Herald Tribune. My wife says I need to do that so I know what the other side is thinking. That certainly insinuates that I a conservative am not in sync with the editorial boards of these

Heidi Heitkamp Announces Support For Gay Marriage

Senator Heidi Heitkamp just put out this statement about gay marriage after weeks of pressure from left-wing groups targeting her as being one of just a few remaining Demcorats who were opposed: “In speaking with North Dakotans from every corner of our great state, and much personal reflection, I have concluded the federal government should

Dorso Column: Consider Referral Before Litigation For Pro-Life Bills

You will be hearing all of the moral arguments on both sides of the abortion issue in the next few months. I tend to leave the arguments about the beginning of life up to the scholars of my chosen faith. Those of you who have read my book know I am pro life. That being

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