Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

 

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Chilah Brown is the Democratic-Farmer-Labor nominee for Senate District 15 in Minnesota. (Campaign photo)

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Results from Tuesday’s primary election in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Chilah Brown won her bid to represent the Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in this fall’s general election as a candidate for the state Senate. She defeated Bob Passons 657 to 462.

Brown is a member of the Mille Lacs  Band of Ojibewe. She is challenging Republican Andrew Mathews in the general election.

There are a six additional Native Americans running for the Minnesota Legislature. These candidates did not have primary opponents. Democrats Rep. Peggy FlanaganJerry Loud, Rep. Susan Allen, Jamie Becker-Finn, and Mary Kunesh-Podeir. And, Republican, Donna Bergstrom, a candidate for the Senate.

In Wisconsin, Democrat Bryan Van Stippen ran unopposed and will face incumbent Republican Tom Tiffany in the 12th state Senate district.

On Wednesday, a three-judge appeals court  suspended a federal judge’s ruling regarding a requirement for voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. The Appeals Court said the ruling was likely to be reversed and that it would cause “disruption” to state’s electoral system.

 

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