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Posts published in “Day: November 7, 2014”

Who voted, and Indian country

trahant MARK


This was a tough election. Those who are against the Affordable Care Act, don’t believe in global warming, and think that President Obama is the cause of all our problems swept into office. We won’t know the final tally for a month or so, but the Republicans picked up at least seven Senate seats, added to their majority in the House and did well in state houses.

But this is how this election was supposed to be. This is how the sixth year of a presidency looks (even for the now sainted Ronald Reagan). The whole premise of 2014 was to get out enough voters together so that the country would not have to take another step backwards. So we didn't beat history.

Worse: We let a determined group of voters chart the next two years. These were voters that were older, more white, and more determined to reverse Obama.

The NBC Exit Poll showed how different this electorate was: Young people voted in smaller numbers than 2012. And, get this, even less than 2010. NBC said: “In today’s midterms, 37% of voters are over the age of 60 but only 12% of are under 30 years old. This 25 point difference is larger than the 16 to 20 point age gap seen in the last three midterms.”

But that same exit poll has this nugget about “a growing perception that the U.S. economic system is unfair. Sixty-three percent of voters said they believe that it generally favors the wealthy, compared to 32 percent who say it is fair to most Americans.”

That is important because it is a notion that can be used to build a policy argument, even in this political climate. (More about policy from me later this week.)

I’ll look more closely at the Native vote in the next few days, but I suspect that turnout was light there too. Cecilia FireThunder posted on my Facebook page saying, “I kinda looked at the numbers and we in Shannon and Bennett Counties did not do as well as we could have. Same thing happened with Tom Daschle, the organizers did not listen to us old timers on what they needed to do differently on the rez. Dems need to accept if they want our support in all things Democrat they have to listen to what works and its why we have to take part, not the candidates or single issues. Lets learn from these glitches and plan ahead every year all year round on Indian reservations in states with large NDN populations like SD where we have 9 reservations and Pine Ridge alone has at least 30,000 plus.”

So what did work? What should we celebrate this morning in Indian Country? Actually there are some bright spots.

There seemed to be enough Navajo voters turning out (even with the confusion on the tribal ballot) to return a Democrat, Ann Kirkpatrick, to Congress in Arizona. (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Two die in Idaho Guard copter accident (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune)
Businesses using new state tax incentive (Boise Statesman)
What's behind Grossenbacher departure at INL? (IF Post Register)
Whitman co will work on shoreline program (Moscow News)
Middleton may move to volunteer fire force (Nampa Press Tribune)
Might ruling revive Idaho gay marriage ban? (TF Times News)

What now after Corvallis parking plan defeat? (Corvallis Gazette)
OSU enrollment hits 30k (Corvallis Gazette)
Beach no-smoking plan dropped by state (Salem Statesman Journal, Corvallis Gazette)
Lane's So Delicious dessert company sold (Eugene Register Guard)
Eugene utility district manager quits (Eugene Register Guard)
Small earthquake noted near Lakeview (KF Herald & News)
One violator set air quality noncompliant (KF Herald & News)
Medford council may add space to trail (Medford Tribune)
Former Kim's restaurant space may go to casino (Medford Tribune)
Ceremony ends chemical disposal at Umatilla (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Banner Banks takes over American West (Pendleton E Oregonian)
State forestry sets new harvest zones (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Speeding up work on I-5 cable barrier (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal)

Kitsap incumbent prosercutor regains lead (Bremerton Sun)
Private Bainbridge marina may be public park (Bremerton Sun)
Big growth for Lonview auto dealer (Longview News)
Sea lions eating more salmon than expected (Longview News)
Cowlitz prosecutor likely ousted (Longview News)
35th district House race still up for grabs (Olympian)
Many questions are Seattle medical pot (Seattle Times)
Clark county races still up in air (Vancouver Columbian)
Vancouver pot sellers consider Oregon impact (Vancouver Columbian)
Washington gun background check may become model (Vancouver Columbian)
Newhouse continues to lead Didier in 4th (Yakima Herald Republic)