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After Saying He'd Never Lobby, Kent Conrad Gets A Job That's Sort Of Lobbying

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

Democrats: Kevin Cramer Isn't Hypocritical Enough To Be Like Kent Conrad

Rep. Kevin Cramer held a forum in Minot yesterday and got asked about budget matters. Rep. Cramer told citizens there that he actually agrees with some things former Senator Kent Conrad has said about entitlement reform: “The person that I have listened to, who has been most right on point, has been former senator Kent

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,”

Heidi Heitkamp Isn't Satisfied With The Size Of Her Office

Apparently North Dakota’s new Senator Heidi Heitkamp thinks her office is too small. She says it’s “cozy,” and would like her predecessor Kent Conrad to come and pick up his charts so that she has enough room for her staff. Perhaps, then, it’s no surprise to hear what Conrad’s North Dakota Democratic successor, Sen. Heidi