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Polarizing politics? Public may be growing more partisan, but trend may not hold true in N.D.

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GRAND FORKS -- Retired U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan points to 1990 and then-House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich when assigning blame for an era of aggressive campaigning in American politics.

“They put out something nationally saying ‘We’ve poll-tested these words and these are the words you should use to describe your opponents … words you would never use in North Dakota to describe your opponent,” said Dorgan, a Democrat who retired from the Senate in 2011.

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