Mark Trahant

Happy New Year. Or, I should say, happy election year. From now on the national election for president (as well as the house and the senate) shifts from a vague threat to an actual election....

1/18/12
Mark Trahant

I’ve been writing a lot lately about the Era of Contraction—the shrinking of the federal government—and what that policy means to ...

12/24/11
Mark Trahant

Congress has a long to-do list to complete before the end of the year....

12/15/11
Mark Trahant

We know democracy’s slogan: “Elections matter.” Or if that doesn’t work, draw on so many other oft-repeated phrases that make up the melodies in our politics....

12/8/11
Mark Trahant

Last December hundreds of American Indian and Alaska Native leaders traveled to Washington, D.C. for the second White House Tribal Nations Conference....

11/29/11
Mark Trahant

The United States Congress is debating two important principles.

There is the idea that a strict deadline forces action. (Or, more accurately, as the science fiction writer Douglas Adams once said, “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”)...

11/14/11
Mark Trahant

There are many ways to look at America’s shift into the Era of Contraction. Budget numbers tell part of the story. Words of elected leaders tell yet another. Add to that, the stories of real discontent told by ordinary people and reflected by both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street....

10/11/11
Mark Trahant

I drove across the Northwest this past weekend. A 1,700-mile trip from Idaho to Seattle, returning via rural roads in Washington, and freeways in Idaho and Montana. Along the route I looked at places and wondered, how will life change during the Era of Contraction?...

9/27/11
Mark Trahant

It’s nearly impossible to know when a new political era has begun for certain....

9/21/11
Mark Trahant

President Barack Obama must sell a complex idea to a Congress that prides itself on simplicity....

9/12/11

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