If Senator Thune actually believed what scientists and the U.S. military tells us about our dire climate future, he would be compelled to act immediately and with force. He'd have to stop pushing for the Keystone XL pipeline and questioning the economic impact of climate change solutions.
In this age of do-nothing politics, it's easy to despair, but we must remember the intent behind the design. The same founding fathers who created a federal system that resists radical change also created a state system that encourages experimentation.
This past summer, DC politicos and residents woke up to a surprising sight: Cowboy ranchers and Native Americans sharing an encampment on the Nationa...
With early voting in full swing, more than 1.9 million people have cast a ballot in the 2014 midterm elections. I track early voting statistics here. Predictably, dueling spin about early voting has emerged from the Democratic and Republican camps.
There is some chatter amongst some D.C. Democrats that it really doesn't matter in the South Dakota Senate race which of the two candidates running against Republican Mike Rounds beats him. Democrats, simply put: This is crazy talk.
Iowa remains ground zero for the fight for the Senate, and for early voting mobilization activities. As of Friday, 119,141 Iowans had voted in the 2014 general election, representing 10.5 percent of the total vote in 2010.
The fact that there are seven highly contested races in solid red states that few people thought would be competitive is a sign that something unusual is going on the small towns and wide open spaces of the Great Plains. It's not exactly the populist revolt of the 1890s, but it is making things interesting.
Top military experts and government institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council warn that climate destabilization threatens our national security, yet global emissions just keep going up.
If the West was going to be won, the people needed stories of legends and victories whether they were true or not. I believe the truth is important. That's why I had to go to Wounded Knee.
If you should go on any vacation, it should be during the upcoming Labor Day weekend from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. The holiday is, after all, dedicated to American workers and their contributions to the country.
I remember the sun and stand wandering into a mental space I forget about here in the capital of tech. The gentleman behind me doesn't get off his phone to order his drink, and I have to remind myself: There are very few Sioux in Silicon Valley.
As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL's northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all tar sands exploitation.
South Dakota Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland, whose innovative Johnny Cash cover earlier this campaign helped spark his populist, town-to-town campaign into the national progressive blogosphere, has released a follow-up to his "Everywhere Man" video.
That year Vernon Bellecourt and Michael Haney (both are now deceased) appeared at the opening game in Cleveland of the Cleveland Indians baseball team carrying a huge placard that read, 'We are human beings and not mascots for America's fun and games.'
No matter the outcome -- whether Republicans gain control or Democrats narrowly retain it -- it is worth taking a look at the underlying dynamics of the Senate field for the next two election cycles.