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 [...]Show More Summary
Former senator Kent Conrad was well know on Capitol Hill for his love of charts. As a send-off last year, one of his colleagues created a chart of Conrad’s chart usage overtime. Perhaps, then, it’s no surprise to hear what … Continue reading ?
Senator Heidi Heitkamp is quick to name as her mentor the man she replaced in the Senate, Kent Conrad. That seems apt, as Conrad’s legacy of talking tough about the debt and deficits while simultaneously being a wet blanket for any proposals to actually rein in government spending is alive in well in Heitkamp. Case [...]Show More Summary
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 [...]Show More Summary
I had to laugh when I heard this news report from Senator Heidi Heitkamp who says she’ll vote to raise the debt ceiling because if we don’t we might add to the deficit. Senator Heitkamp must have gone to the Kent Conrad school of decreasing the deficit by spending more. As for Heitkamp’s comments about [...]Show More Summary
Senator Kent Conrad’s career is over, thankfully, and so the time has come for the North Dakota media to lionize his career, and enshrine him in the pantheon of North Dakota political sainthood. But there are two things you can expect from every single retrospective and eulogy of Conrad’s career coming from the state media [...]Show More Summary
With Senator Kent Conrad’s career finally (and thankfully, for the good of the nation) in the books the North Dakota media, always deferential to Conrad and his “Team North Dakota” cohorts, is busy eulogizing his career. Conrad will be heralded as independent minded, even though he obeyed partisan orders when told, as chairman of the [...]Show More Summary
Not helping. Here's as good a reason as any to just go over the damned fiscal cliff curb: Waiting until we have a new Congress to resolve it would mean retiring Sen. Kent Conrad won't be around to screw it up. Here's what he proposed...Show More Summary
Kent Conrad was on Fox News Sunday and offered to “split the difference” on the fiscal cliff negotiations: This in an amazing offer for a Democrat to make. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has already accepted that “a balanced deal,” by his definition, would include a ratio of 1:1 spending cuts to tax increases. [...]
On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), the outgoing chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, made a proposal to solve the "fiscal cliff." The proposal isn't going anywhere, but its specifics explain something important about the White House's negotiating strategy. Show More Summary
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D., N.D.) Sunday said Washington can do better than President Barack Obama's stopgap plan to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.
On Fox News Sunday this morning, Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota outlined a compromise between the president’s and the House speaker’s previous “grand bargain” deals to avoid the fiscal cliff. Downplaying the alternative the president...Show More Summary
In today’s Grand Forks Herald editorial, Tom Dennis calls for “unity” in the next Congress in North Dakota’s congressional delegation. Senator Kent Conrad is departing, but is being replaced by Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp who will work alongside her long-time political rival Senator John Hoeven as well as Representative-elect Kevin Cramer. According to Dennis, these three [...]Show More Summary
- Meet your new, more liberal Senate Banking Committee! - Say goodbye to Sen. Kent Conrad and his dog, Dakota. - The Mean Girls of Capitol Hill. - Felix Salmon explains the fiscal cliff with Legos, obviously. - The Libertarian case against right-to-work laws. Show More Summary
Senator Kent Conrad gave his farewell address to the Senate today (I’ll post video when it’s available, for now here’s a Grand Forks Herald report), which means that the eulogizing of his career by the North Dakota media will no doubt commence soon. They’ll need buckets of white wash, though I’m sure they’re prepared. If [...]Show More Summary
Medicare opponent and Senate Democratic Chair of the Budget Committee Kent Conrad, who is not standing for re-election and therefore has substantial financial incentive to make himself attractive to One Percenter lobbies, appeared today on MSNBC talking up the "fiscal cliff" deal. Show More Summary
Senator Kent Conrad had sharp words for Republican critics of Susan Rice this morning: “To go after Susan Rice is totally and completely unfair. And those who are doing it repeatedly, ought to back off. They ought to back off. That is not where fault lies.”
It’s become fashionable, over the last several election cycles, for self-styled “moderate” politicians who are retiring to lament partisan, polarized politics on their way out the door. Senator Kent Conrad is no different. “The job is somewhat different because it’s become more political theater than getting results and quite frankly a reason why I am [...]Show More Summary
Chuck Grassley, Jeff Flake, Jim DeMint, and Kent Conrad have warned about budgetary fiscal cliffs for years.
Kent Conrad’s infatuation with his dog, a white bichon frisé named Dakota, has become the stuff of Senate lore. Countless news articles have mentioned how the Senator is never far from his pet, even as Conrad moves about the capitol. But, as the New York Times notes, Conrad’s fetish for his canine companion won’t be [...]Show More Summary