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MATTERS AT HAND: N.D. political paradox may drive interest in local issues

Published 09/27/2009, Grand Forks Herald

Here’s the paradox in North Dakota politics early in the 21st century: The Democrats have become almost exclusively a federal party, while Republicans are almost exclusively a state party. Events — and a nonevent — last week underscored this point. Democrats lost two legislators to federal appointments, Jasper Schneider and Aaron Krauter. Schneider will head the USDA’s Rural Development office and Krauter the Farm Services Agency in the state.

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