Reid Urges End to Obstruction, But Only Reforming the Filibuster Will Do It

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 9:15 am

Jon Tester has been called the winner of the Senate election in Montana. This leaves the North Dakota race as the only one uncalled, and there, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp leads by 3,000 votes with all ballots counted. So the likely outcome is a Heitkamp win, and a 55-45 majority for Democrats (putting independents Angus King [...]

Farm Bill Stalled, Programs Set to Expire September 30

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 6:11 am

While the House will pass their six-month stopgap budget bill today, pushing government spending authority out to March, one other September 30 deadline remains outstanding, and Congress looks prepared to let it expire. That would be the authorization for farm programs. If nothing is done, the farm programs would revert back to the policy of [...]

Kent Conrad Will Retire From the Senate

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 7:40 am

Kent Conrad, the long-serving North Dakota Senator and chair of the Senate Budget Committee, plans to announce his retirement today, according to Chris Cillizza. North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad plans to announce his retirement today, according to two informed Democratic sources, creating a potentially prime pickup opportunity for Republicans in a GOP-leaning state. Conrad, [...]

John Hoeven: The Next Insurance Industry-Funded Senator?

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 9:38 am

In the wake of that weird RNC presentation showing their fear-based strategy to woo donors, Republicans in North Dakota inadvertently showed their hand in a separate presentation, detailing the state party’s efforts to raise $50,000 directly from the insurance industry: A photo posted to a Facebook profile of the ND GOP appears to show a [...]

Let’s Play Democratic Musical Chairs

By: Wednesday January 6, 2010 12:15 pm

So what’s some of the fallout from the multiple retirements in the US Senate? • ND-Sen: Earl Pomeroy (D), the state’s only House member, will not try to move up and run for the Senate seat vacated by Byron Dorgan. The most speculation on the Democratic side has focused on former state Attorney General Heidi [...]

The Tuesday Night Massacre: Spate Of Dem Retirements

By: Wednesday January 6, 2010 5:00 am

Four Democrats seeking gubernatorial and Senate seats, including three incumbents, decided against running in 2010, which will surely launch dozens of “Democrats in disarray” stories. But a cold political calculation suggests that Democrats are probably in exactly the same electoral position today that they were yesterday, although they lose quite a bit in institutional Senate [...]

Byron Dorgan Retiring

By: Tuesday January 5, 2010 3:11 pm

This was unexpected. Byron Dorgan, the Democrat who served North Dakota in the US Senate for 30 years, will not seek re-election. Here’s the statement posted at his Senate site. “Representing North Dakota in the U.S. Congress for nearly 30 years has been one of the great privileges of my life. “The work I have [...]

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