North Dakota Senate Race is Tied

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 10:47 am

When Kent Conrad (D) decided to retire it was widely assumed that his decision was going to cost Democrats the North Dakota Senate seat this cycle, but Democrat Heidi Heitkamp has turned out to be a surprisingly strong candidate. A new Valley News Live / Mason-Dixon Pollfound the North Dakota senate race tied with 47 percent backing Hietkamp and 47 percent back Republican Rick Berg.

Report: Lawmakers, Top Officials Knowingly Received VIP Loans From Countrywide

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 2:19 pm

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Darrell Issa’s perch, has released a new report on the practice of now-defunct mortgage lender Countrywide handing out special mortgages at low rates to members of Congress and other key officials through their “VIP” program. And it does not appear to pick sides or divvy up the information to protect one party or the other.

Sen. Conrad Explains His Bowles-Simpson Gambit

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 2:00 pm

Kent Conrad will introduce the Bowles-Simpson plan as a baseline budget today in the Senate Budget Committee. But as he plainly tells Ezra Klein, the goal is not to get a budget resolution. The goal is to create the conditions to pass Bowles-Simpson after the 2012 elections.

Bowles-Simpson Returns in Senate Budget Committee

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 3:30 pm

Kent Conrad, the retiring Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, just announced that the markup for the FY 2013 budget will commence tomorrow. And instead of creating model legislation, he will simply take the recommendations proposed by the Chairmen of the Bowles-Simpson deficit commission, popularly known as the “catfood commission,” as the baseline.

Gang of Six Poised to Screw Up Negotiations Again

By: Thursday July 28, 2011 1:57 pm

The compromise position is already at hand; the Reid and Boehner plans have very few differences (though this is one that I hope gets ironed out). And anyway, Conrad would almost certainly be the co-chair of the “Super Congress” (if they just take the heads of the two budget committees, you’d have Conrad-Ryan), and he can trot out his Gang of Six plan at that point. But forcing it into the endgame of a debate where so much can go wrong seems just completely stupid to me.

The Confused State of the Debt Ceiling Mosh Pit

By: Thursday July 21, 2011 1:15 pm

Normally I consider myself pretty good at seeing through the political theater in Washington and figuring out what the maneuvering is really about. This time though, I’m really at a loss. What is going on appears to be less like a traditional PR political dance and more like a legislative mosh pit.

Senate Democrats “Fuming” at White House Over Social Security Trial Balloon

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 10:30 am

Keeping your own party in the dark while you conspire with the GOP to gut the New Deal is very hopey and changey!

Sen. Kent Conrad Joins the Republican Hostage Takers

By: Wednesday June 22, 2011 11:30 am

What the Hell is Sen. Kent Conrad smoking? And why it is that he won’t share (c’mon, Senator, don’t bogart that doobie!)? In today’s Washington Post Sen. Conrad enables the hostage taking of the Republican Party by saying that he does not think that the two trillion in budget cuts that the Administration is talking about is enough.

Congress Could Use Reconciliation Process for Deficit “Grand Bargain”

By: Friday May 20, 2011 6:53 am

There’s your real reason for the delay. A reconciliation bill would only need 50 votes. There’s nothing untoward about this; in fact, reconciliation was built for deficit reduction. Of course, the House would have to comply with this as well, but seeing that this makes any deal much easier to implement, I assume they’d go along with a reconciliation strategy. So this makes any bill harder for liberal Democrats to stop. Harder for Tea Party Republicans as well, but in the Senate that’s not big enough a faction.

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