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Port: Elections, not political deal making, should earn Democrats control of committees

North Dakota Democrats hold just 22 seats out of 141 in the state Legislature. Because of this, during the regular legislative session, Democrats chair no committees. In fact, they don’t really have enough elected members of the Legislature to even cover all committee assignments.

That’s as it should be. If Democrats want to control committees they should convince more North Dakotans to vote for them.

Yet for some reason Democrats came away from a meeting of Legislative Management this week with three committee chairmanships.

The reason why has a lot to do with personal politics and deal making than anything else.

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