Massachusetts Is an Unlikely Battleground for the Future of Trans Rights, But Here We Are

Whatever I expected from the voters of Massachusetts, it certainly wasn’t this middle-aged man in a tank top, leaning on his half-open screen door and gazing into the middle distance as he delivered a stirring speech about people born with the “soul of the woman.” Actually, he told a pair of animated canvassers right…

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Apologizes For Outing Survivors of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault in Campaign Ad

Over the weekend, Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp ran a full-page ad in several North Dakota newspapers directed at her Republican opponent Kevin Cramer. The ad, framed as an open letter signed by survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or rape, stated: “As North Dakotans who have experienced this absolute…

'Our Vote Matters Very Little': Kim TallBear on Elizabeth Warren's Attempt to Claim Native American Heritage

On Monday, 22 days ahead of the midterm elections, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a heartfelt, five-minute video about her family heritage. In it, she visited her hometown of Norman, Oklahoma, where she and her brothers condemned Donald Trump’s racist nickname for her, Pocahontas. Then Warren leaned into…