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Greg Hodur, Published October 29 2010

Carlson, Grande are AWOL in 41

Reps. Al Carlson and Bette Grande, both Fargo, are living proof you don’t have to travel far to lose track of where you come from. They can’t seem to make it from south Fargo to Bismarck without forgetting what’s important to the people they supposedly represent.

When it comes to priorities for the next legislative session, Carlson and Grande are in sync: Make the state more hospitable to the oil companies and other outside interests while largely ignoring what “we the people” who already live here need.

On the other hand, Carlson and Grande both have been AWOL when it comes to the most important issue to people like me who live in their district: permanent flood control. Carlson, the Republican leader in the North Dakota House, had to be forced by members of both parties to suspend the last session of the Legislature in ’09 to allow them to return to their districts to help save their and their neighbors’ homes.

It’s long past time to replace tired, old, out-of-touch politicians such as Carlson and Grande in District 41 with a new leader who has worked hard to hear your concerns. Vote for Ty Hegland on Nov. 2.