Author Archive for: Tessa Gould
About Tessa Gould
Tessa Gould has nearly three decades of campaign, communications and policy experience, much of that time spent focused on the Dakotas. She has served on the staff of two U.S. Senators, four Members of Congress and has managed eight campaigns in fly over country. Gould has been named one of the top “500 influencers in American Politics” and a “Top Influencer by State” for several years running by Campaigns and Elections Magazine. We took a staff vote and decided she was qualified to write for NDxPlains. Gould grew up in Jamestown, played sports, did lots of fun stuff and attended college there. That’s where her love of the color orange began. She currently serves as Executive Director of the One Country Project and is a partner at a Washington DC based lobbying and public affairs firm. She spends time with her English bulldog, Sully, in DC, ND, MN and hockey rinks and baseball stadiums around the country.
During times of crisis, it’s not uncommon for America to rally around its president and show the rest of the world why the United States is one of the strongest and most united countries in the world. From the first Gulf War to 9/11, most presidents have experienced a bump in their approval ratings as […]
As a young kid, I remember watching my grandmother delicately whisk her finger around the inside shell of an egg to ensure every speck made it into the bowl. I was fascinated. I had never seen anyone do that before. She told me about her experiences growing up after the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. […]
Exercising the right to vote is perhaps one of the best, and most important, things about being an American. Participating in democracy and having a say in who our country’s officials are is not something to be taken for granted. This Tuesday, March 10, thousands of North Dakotans will vote in our firehouse caucus, rallying […]
The American economy has been President Trump’s shining example of how his administration is “making America great again.” Sure, the stock market might be doing well, unemployment is low, and President Trump somehow managed a “Phase One” trade deal with China, but what does that mean for American farmers? Well, the president seems to think that means farmers should buy “bigger tractors” and “more […]
The Senate trial for Trump’s impeachment is finally underway in Washington and could last anywhere from two to four weeks, or even six as it did during the last U.S. impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. Regardless of how many weeks drag on, the trial will end with the president either still in office or […]
Here is one thing I know about war: some soldiers die on the field and some soldiers die years later from the wounds and trauma their service caused their bodies and minds. Here is another thing I know about war: its effects are no different for soldiers’ families. I was reminded of that this […]
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ND xPlains is about transparency and accountability for all sides in the arena of North Dakota politics. It is a place to come for the rest of the story. The narrative created by a void of an independent perspective will be challenged. If you’re tired of having the same thinly stretched slant thrown at you and are looking for other voices, you’ve come to the right place.
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