JAMESTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS: FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT'S DESK What is No Child Left Behind?
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NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND Senator Dorgan 1 NY Times 0
Senator Byron Dorgan (D- ND) recently set the New York Times straight by responding to an opinion piece the paper ran criticizing the Senator’s common sense plan to manage the overpopulation of ... Posted on 7/15/09 at 4:37 PM
One thing is consistent in the grassroots reaction to the decision by Sen. Byron Dorgan not to seek re-election this year. No one saw it coming.
“I was stunned,” said Delores Rath, chairwoman for District 12 Republicans. “My phone was hot last night; it will be a big topic within the Republican Party.”
The reaction was similar within Dorgan’s own party.
While Sen. Byron Dorgan shocked North Dakotans and some of his closest colleagues in Washington with his decision not to run for re-election, the three-term U.S. senator said Wednesday he has been considering it for many months.
“This is not a decision you make lightly, and it’s not an easy decision,” Dorgan said. “I think it’s the right time and the right decision.”
Dorgan said his nearly 30 years in Washington have been “totally and wholly positive,” but he considered a number of possibilities that a life outside public office might offer.
By Kristen M. Daum, Forum Communications Co.
, January 07, 2010
North Dakota Democrat Byron Dorgan said Tuesday he will not seek re-election to the Senate in November, a surprise announcement that dealt another blow to Democrats already struggling to protect their Senate majority.
Adding to the party’s woes: Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, won’t run for a second term this fall, according to two Democrats with knowledge of Ritter’s decision. They spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the governor’s political plans publicly.
Ritter was expected to make an announcement Wednesday.
By Ken Thomas, The Associated Press
, January 06, 2010
North Dakota’s senior senator — who’s been influential in the health care reform debate — refused to answer directly Wednesday whether he was willing to break party lines on the issue of a public health insurance option.
Sen. Kent Conrad’s proposal to replace a proposed public insurance option with a cooperative plan garnered only lukewarm support at town hall meeting Wednesday.
Conrad, who is involved in the negotiations on a bipartisan health care bill, is a leading advocate for consumer-owned nonprofit cooperatives that would sell insurance in competition with private industry — not unlike the way electric and agriculture co-ops operate.
By Dave Kolpack, The Associated Press
, August 20, 2009
Suddenly, Sen. Kent Conrad’s co-op model for health care reform has taken center stage.
But is it the answer, the compromise key to achieving some degree of health care reform? Or is it “a great mistake,” as former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has said, a retreat from meaningful reform that includes a “public option” for coverage?
Or is it, as ardent foes of the public option fear, a way to win Senate approval of a bill that later, through legislative maneuvering, would emerge with public option firmly in place?
By Chuck Haga, Grand Forks Herald
, August 18, 2009
Last week, The Jamestown Sun asked readers of its Web site the question “Do you believe Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., knew he was getting preferential treatment, as a former employee of Countrywide Financial Corp. has alleged, on loans he took out with the company?” Here are the results of the unscientific survey
If there is a chance for health care overhaul it most likely exists in the politically charged space between a marathon runner from Montana and a former amateur boxer from Nevada, two Senate Democrats who occasionally sound like Republicans.
For better or worse, the burden to design a plan that provides health insurance to every American who seeks it without adding to the deficit — and that can get 60 votes in the Senate — is falling on Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Majority Leader Harry Reid.
By Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press
, July 30, 2009
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