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Other views: Dorgan’s acting on politics on acreage addition

Published 12/15/2009, The Jamestown Sun

Sen. Byron Dorgan’s latest tussle with the U.S. Forest Service smells of politics. The North Dakota Democrat opposes a proposal to add 12,000 acres of the state’s scenic Badlands to the National Register of Historic Places. The senator seems to be engaged in a pre-emptive measure to keep the proposal from becoming a campaign issue. Dorgan is up for re-election next year and speculation is rampant that popular Republican Gov. John Hoeven will take up the challenge. Hoeven opposes the designation, as do grazing associations and local governments in the area.

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