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SPIN METER: Despite claims, bailouts not over yet

October 29, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Rising voter anger ahead of next week’s elections has made Obama administration officials reluctant to speak candidly about the ongoing cost of managing TARP. Politicians who voted for the TARP law now face tough re-election fights. By downplaying their efforts, officials sidestep criticism of bailouts that helped Wall Street without easing lending or keeping many people in their homes.
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Sen. Conrad defends TARP

October 21, 2010 in The Dickinson Press

It began with an emergency meeting one mid-September evening in 2008 with fewer than 20 of the nation’s most influential leaders on fiscal policy.
Kent Conrad, a North Dakota Democrat and Senate Budget Committee chairman, was among the elite group. Continue Reading

Conrad defends TARP bailout

October 21, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Senator recounts being told economy was ‘hours away from collapse’
It began with an emergency meeting one mid-September evening in 2008 with fewer than 20 of the nation’s most influential leaders on fiscal policy. Continue Reading

Letters to the Editor

October 8, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Time to fix stretch of local ‘troubled road’
To the Editor:
As one who travels the “troubled road” on North Ohlman Street several times a week, I am so angered by the obvious political ploy of the cheapskate Davison County commissioners, who refused to fix this strip of road owned by the county, because of the expanding city limits of Mitchell.
I have measured the distance of the roughest part and it is only three-tenths of a mile long. Now how much would a temporary fix of that distance have cost the county? Continue Reading