Is the forced name change of the Washington Redskins NFL football team an attempt to help out struggling Democratic US Senate candidates who are now on defense in Indian Country?
Here’s what Carl Hulse, Chief Washington Correspondent of The New York Times said via Twitter:
Senate Dem push against Redskins has political benefit: Native Americans big factor in races this year in Alaska, Montana among others.
— carl hulse (@hillhulse) June 18, 2014
So Democrats are hoping that forcing the name change on the Washington Redskins will help them politically, even in the race between appointed Sen. John Walsh (D-MT) and Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT)? I may be going out on a limb here, but I hasten to think that when the Chairman of the Crow Tribe says the war on coal is a war on our children- that standing up against the new Obama Administration EPA regulations is much more important.
And on that front, The Hill reports: Daines bill would block EPA climate regs
Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) has introduced a bill to block implementation of the Obama administration’s proposed regulations to cut power plants’ carbon emissions.
The Senate candidate said the regulations would threaten jobs in his state, which has a prominent coal industry.
That was from The Hill, here’s what The Rick Hill had to say in a column for The Flathead News Group: Obama’s GHG regs taking center stage in Montana elections
“It’s the economy, stupid.” James Carville’s theme for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign rings just as true 20-odd years later. Pocketbook issues matter more to voters than anything else — and in 2014, American voters are going to be motivated by the granddaddy of them all.
The battle lines have already been drawn in Montana’s U.S. Senate race. Congressman Steve Daines recently introduced legislation to stop the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations unless they could ensure that the regulations would not eliminate jobs or have negative impacts to the economy.
Sen. John Walsh has taken up a position squarely opposite of Daines. He’s sided with the President in calling for more stringent rules on carbon emissions, and was the only major political candidate at an anti-coal rally in Billings earlier this spring.