Empires Strike Back: Status Quo Will Fight Reformers on Many Fronts – Lessons from the Nonpartisan League, Part Five

By: Wednesday July 7, 2010 6:00 am

The people who benefit from the status quo will fight tooth and nail against movements to reform it. Any grassroots movement that tries to put the power back in the hands of regular people will inevitably be attacked by those who profit from having the power. As we have seen with the Nonpartisan League, its [...]

Paying Your Dues: Members’ Investment Produces a Powerful Base – Lessons from the Nonpartisan League, Part Three

By: Monday July 5, 2010 6:00 am

A.C. Townley was the founder of the Nonpartisan League, which within only three years of its founding in 1915 took over the government of North Dakota and enacted several major reforms. That makes the NPL one of the most impressive political organizations in American history. Townley was able to do this through a combination of [...]

Paying into Politics Makes Politics Pay – Lessons from the Nonpartisan League, Part Two

By: Sunday July 4, 2010 7:30 am

At the turn of the 20th century, North Dakota’s population was mostly rural farmers, yet a small number of powerful corporate interests dominated the state’s politics and finances. Most of these powerful financial interests could have served an important role in the economy of the plains but had decided instead to embrace maximum profitability through [...]

Communication First: Making Media to Move the Mainstream – Lessons from the Nonpartisan League, Part One

By: Saturday July 3, 2010 7:30 am

Large corporations with a huge corrupting political influence are exploiting regular people. Bankers and traders on an exchange are selling phantom commodities to make huge profits to the detriment of the working class. A left-leaning group turns to politics to address these grievances, and the Chamber of Commerce and the mainstream attack it as “socialist,” [...]

Kent Conrad Scores Special Student Loan Deal For North Dakota In Reconciliation Package

By: Thursday March 18, 2010 11:40 am

It looks like Kent Conrad (D-ND), who chairs the Senate Budget Committee through which any reconciliation bill must pass, scored a nice, little, special deal for his home state as part of the student loan reform portion of the reconciliation package. From the summary of the bill: Section 2213. Agreements with State-Owned Banks. This section [...]

Hey North Dakota, What Do You Think About Ed Schultz?

By: Wednesday January 6, 2010 3:31 pm

Here’s a question for Firedoglake’s North Dakota activists about this Senate race. Do you think Ed Schultz should run to be your next Senator? Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey.