Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Dino Rossi has an interesting political legacy. He was for several weeks the Gov.-elect for Washington state. Then after much counting (and recounting) Democrat Christine Gregoire took the lead by 129 votes and was she sworn in as governor on January 12, 2005. Since then Rossi has run for governor again, …

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Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Thirteen days and counting. And the election issue once again is the Affordable Care Act. A report by the Department of Health and Human Services details the rising costs for individual policies. So after two years of moderate premium increases (2% for 2015 and 7.5% for 2016) premiums are going up …

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  I was going to stop these after the statewide candidates — except I heard from readers who asked for more. So between now and Election Day I will keep cranking them out. If you want the entire series (and all my fun spreadsheets) click on the Data Sets and Graphics tab. — Mark

    Mark Trahant / TrahantReports A question I am often asked: Are American Indians and Alaska Natives only Democrats? Of course not. There are Native Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, and Independents. Yet the data show that the vast majority of Native Americans vote for Democrats. And run for office as Democrats. Of the active candidates …

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  Mark Trahant / TrahantReports Could social media be a tool used to propel a successful candidacy? Of course not. At least that’s what people say. After all: Politics has always been done this way. But Alaska might be different and Edgar Blatchford is staking out an unconventional approach. He’s running for the United States Senate …

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  Mark Trahant / TrahantReports There is a hundred dollars-a-plate fundraiser planned on August 21 for Laurel Deegan-Fricke. She’s a member of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation and running in a highly competitive seat in Raleigh, North Carolina. Two years ago that race was decided by less than a thousand votes out of some 82,000 cast. If …

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  TrahantReports A friend writes: “Having Indian candidates for office is certainly a big plus, but their chances of getting elected is certainly reduced by these voter ID laws, in North Dakota, Arizona and Alaska.” And those are not the only states. Indeed across the country Republican legislatures have used a variety of measures to try and shrink the …

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Every vote counts. Count every vote. TrahantReports Tawna Sanchez is now in the lead, by a little more than one-half of one percent, in her bid for a seat in the Oregon Legislature. The Secretary of State reported a shift in the lead after 4 pm on Wednesday after more mail-in ballots were counted; then …

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** There is an update to this story. See new post. *** TrahantReports Tanwa Sanchez is a couple hundred votes short in her bid to win office as an Oregon state legislator. According to the Secretary of State’s unofficial returns, Sanchez trails Roberta Phillip-Robbins in Northeast Portland’s House District 43. Sanchez, Shoshone-Bannock, received 6,460 votes to Phillip-Robbins’ …

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Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat from Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District, endorsed Victoria Steele and serves as one of her campaign co-chairs. (Campaign photo via Facebook.) Latinos make up one out of five voters in Steele’s district.   Latino voter registration is growing fast Mark Trahant TrahantReports Let’s start with an understatement: Donald Trump is not the usual …

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