Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports We’re two weeks away from an election and most of us have the same question: Who’s winning? We look at the latest polls, check our favorite web sites often, and try to read between the lines. But there is one tell that’s worth watching: Where are they? The candidate location shows …

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Mark Trahant / TrahantReports Vermont casts 22 votes for its senator, Bernie Sanders. A minute later, Sanders asks the rules be suspended and that Hillary Clinton be nominated by acclamation. And so the Bernie Sanders’ chapter comes to an end. The question is, “what’s next?” Let’s explore this from a couple of different points of view. …

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  Mark Trahant / TrahantReports Let’s explore two questions: First, will a third party candidacy matter in the 2016 presidential election? And, if so, what does that mean for the Native American vote? The first question ought to be easy to answer because the arc of history says no. Democrats and Republicans have owned the presidential field …

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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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The final Electoral College tally in 2012. President Barack Obama won re-election with 332 electoral votes to Republican Mitt Romney’s 206 votes. This is how to think about 2016: Which states will be in play? Which candidate can build the winning coalition? (National Archives graphic.)   Confused by the 2016 presidential campaign? Mark Trahant / …

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** Updated, Oct. 30. ** Omnibus is a Latin word that means “for all.” In legislation it means cramming everything into a bill that you think can pass. That’s exactly what the House did with its two-year $80 billion spending bill. That bill lifts caps from the Budget Control Act, or the sequester, and it …

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Presidential Debate season begins on August 6 MARK TRAHANT What do you do with sixteen candidates? It’s a thorny problem for Republicans. Why’s that? Because right now one of those candidates, Donald Trump, is loud enough to drown out all the other “major” candidates. Wouldn’t it be fun if the nomination contest was more like a …

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