STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Americans in for a surprise, and plenty more fiscal debate
Americans will pay Washington more, despite rhetoric from politicians saying they shot down most tax increases on New Years Day, and in the aftermath of what widely was described as a flawed federal b... Posted on 1/2/13 at 7:52 PM
CUTE 'N' COMFY Playing dress-up to pass the time
It's funny how when you're in school you can't wait for a break, but after just a few days you can't wait to go back. I've been back in Fargo for the last few days and have had absolutely nothing to d... Posted on 12/30/12 at 12:59 PM
THE DULLUM FILE Godfather of Charts
Below is one of thewinners ofthis year's Wonky Awards as posted in the Washington Post's Wonkblog. We re-post it here (without permission).
Best use of graphs: Chris Coonss remembrance of Kent Conrad... Posted on 12/29/12 at 9:46 AM
THE NEW FORTY Unacceptable losses
The suicide rate of active duty military membersis up to about one a day. Whenwe add this to the 18 veteran suicides a day that have been documented overthe past few yearswe should be horrified. One a... Posted on 6/9/12 at 9:22 PM
If announcement by U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., that he would not seek re-election in 2012 signaled the official end of “Team North Dakota,” Congressman Rick Berg’s vote in favor of repealing the health reform law officially ushered in the era of “North Dakota Inc.”
“I was pleased with President Obama’s emphasis on returning civility to our political discourse and his call for working in a bipartisan fashion. The president was also right to call for a bipartisan solution to the nation’s long-term debt crisis. Democrats and Republicans must find a way to come together on this critical challenge.”
– U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D.
Born March 12, 1948, in Bismarck, Kent Conrad was orphaned at age 5 when his parents were killed in a car accident. He and his brothers were raised by his grandparents and by an uncle and aunt. Here are some highlights of his life and career:
With Sen. Kent Conrad out of the picture, perhaps the right question isn’t who will run for his seat in 2012.
“Maybe it’d be easier to figure out who isn’t going to run for it,” state Republican Party Chairman Stan Stein said, laughing.
After departures of fellow Democrats, last member of Team North Dakota to leave the field
Sen. Kent Conrad announced Tuesday he won’t seek re-election next year, becoming the last of North Dakota’s three long-serving Democrats in Congress to bid farewell to the Capitol and busting the 2012 Senate race wide open.
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