Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

The way politics ought to be Mark Trahant TrahantReports.com Barry Goldwater told me one of my favorite political stories. We were in Phoenix and I was interviewing him for a story I was working on about John F. Kennedy for The Arizona Republic. Goldwater loved Kennedy. They were buddies. They had this idea that the two …

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  Sen. Bernie Sanders seems to own social media. Write anything with a #feelthebern hashtag and those tweets have a ready audience ready to affirm (or challenge) what is said. It’s similar on Facebook. There are active Sanders supporters who show Sanders love in pictures, reposting favorable articles and polls, and use social media to send a …

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Juneau earns endorsement from unions Denise Juneau earned an endorsement this week from Montana’s largest labor unions. Juneau is running as a Democrat for the state’s only congressional seat. The campaign made the announcement as it launched a statewide tour for Juneau to meet with workers and business owners. “As I hit the road to …

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  LESSON LEARNED I learned something interesting yesterday about how stories travel via social media. I measure every story and look how it’s used on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, as well as Indianz, Indian Country Today Media Network, News from Indian Country, and Native News Online.  (I Really like the flattering display in Daily Yonder this …

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Broken promises? Systemic failure? Or aspirations?         Mark Trahant TrahantReports.com   There is a simple question that voters consider: What will a candidate do once in office? The system is geared for candidates to make all sorts of wild promises while running for office only to find out those promises are impossible …

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Mark Trahant Trahantreports.com It’s clear that Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton now own the inside lanes to their party’s nominations. We are at the point where the campaign is all about collecting delegates and both Trump and Clinton are starting to rack up leads. Of course either could still be beat, but for that …

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   Housekeeping. Planning day. I am still researching and writing the energy and climate (part 3) post. I am giving a speech next week on this topic, so it’s a good time to finish the piece. There is a lot going on and it has election ramifications, especially because more federal spending will be required …

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Rightful owners of Nevada’s land?       Mark Trahant TrahantReports.com Ted Cruz just joined the Sage Brush Rebellion. A new 30-second spot, “Nevada Land,” says the land belongs to the people of Nevada, “not Washington bureaucrats.”  To make his point Cruz features a picture of cattle grazing, presumably on federal lands.”If you trust me …

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Fascinating profile of young Native American voters in Nevada by Tristan Ahtone (On Twitter: @Tahtone ). This video is worth watching; story raises the kinds of questions that candidates and journalism organizations should be asking.     So should candidates for president really campaign on reservations in such a close contest? As reported in the piece, Nevada …

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  Campaign Notes: Steele wins pre-primary endorsement U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva endorsed Victoria Steele Tuesday saying he is confident that she will win the primary. He said Steele would champion the rights of women, promote climate change legislation, and support “rational” comprehensive immigration reform. “From raising the minimum wage, creating a pathway to citizenship, and combating …

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