Sore losers in Lewiston want fewer young people to vote

The Republican Party — and conservatives in general — have a real problem with young people. Specifically, they don’t want them to vote. The same goes for minorities and people with low-income. In Maine and around the country, there is a concerted effort to change voting laws to make it harder to vote, with the […]

The Know-Nothings are reborn, fueled by an anti-immigrant fever

The flag of the Know-Nothing Party, circa 1850.

Every so often, a tide of bigotry, fear and xenophobia washes over our country. There’s always someone new to hate. Africans. Irish. Italians. Chinese. Jews. Japanese. Politicians point to the newcomers as threats, bent on our country’s destruction. Each time, they are proven wrong, the risk overstated for political gain. And each time, our country […]

Love trumps rhetoric in Christie’s speech on addiction

Gov. Paul LePage and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are often talked about for their similarities and their close ties. Christie spent millions in corporate dollars to re-elect LePage through the Republican Governors Association, and LePage was the first notable endorsement for Christie’s presidential run. They have similar bracing personalities, both like to yell and […]

No place for intimidation on Election Day

Just because something is legal doesn’t make it a good idea. Walking around downtown with a rifle slung over your shoulder is legal in Maine. But it freaks people out. They have no way of knowing your intention. It’s a bad idea. Videotaping voters who choose to sign a petition may be legal. But it freaks […]

We all have a responsibility to call out racism in our politics

Overt racism is having its heyday in politics. Oh, sure, most politicians stick with code words — “dog whistles,” they’re sometimes called — to thinly disguise racist comments meant to appeal to white voters while also offering a bit of deniability. But the code has been broken, and racism is right out in the open. […]

You can’t honor a people with an insult

Skowhegan, change the name. Just change it. Stop. Look in the mirror. And do the right thing. On Monday — Columbus Day — a group of Skowhegan residents held a rally to support keeping the “Indian” mascot name for SAD 54, the last in the state to use depictions of Native Americans. They call themselves […]

LePage approaches full lawlessness

The LePage administration is approaching complete lawlessness. Everyday, it seems, a new threat from the governor is revealed, another vindictive act uncovered, another law ignored. Early this week, there were two on the same day. On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Paul LePage launched an attack against fellow Republican state Sen. Roger Katz. Katz, who’s been critical […]

Maine’s economy will keep lagging when the vulnerable are left behind

Maine faces a real, honest-to-goodness crisis in our rural communities. The problems are substantial and complicated, and they can’t be solved by sitting down and sharpening the pencil or through a simplistic policy pronouncement or scapegoating some of our people. And the problem is mirrored all across the country as many rural communities face changing […]

A GOP house divided by Gov. LePage

Gov. Paul LePage is doing his best to draw and quarter his own political party. The governor came riding into the year high after winning re-election. Many Republican leaders were convinced that he had set the stage for the party’s ascendancy. Many Republicans crowed that LePage would set the stage for the GOP for a […]