20 thoughts on Election 2020

As we put the Election Day 2019 in the rearview mirror and look forward to 2020, here are 20 election thoughts for your consideration. 1) In the movie “Welcome to Mooseport,” President Monroe “Eagle” Cole moves to his vacation home in Maine and ends up running for mayor of the fictional Mooseport against plumber and […]

Gun stunt shows desperation in GOP primary for Congress

There’s a real race going on in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District where Republicans will pick their nominee to face U.S. Rep. Jared Golden next year. Failed U.S. Senate candidate and former state Sen. Eric Brakey was the first candidate to announce his intention to run. For months, he had the field to himself and managed […]

Frozen by fear, fed up with lack of action on gun safety

The first text from my daughter arrived at 10:40 Tuesday morning. “I’m in lockdown.” “It’s not a drill.” The third text was chilling: “Probs won’t die, but just in case (heart symbol) (heart symbol).” The texts continued for a few minutes. “They may be evacuating not really sure, but we hear lots of movement in […]

Save some outrage for injustice close to home

Outrage is in right now. And there’s plenty to be outraged about: The president has asked other countries to help him smear a political opponent, he’s abandoning Kurdish allies in Syria and he continues his relentless attacks against LGBTQ people. A million people were detained at the U.S.-Mexico border last year, some of them kids […]

Lives of transgender people on trial at the Supreme Court

I’m nervous about next week. Really anxious. The US Supreme Court will hear arguments on three cases that have the potential to upend the lives of LGBTQ people across the country. If President Donald Trump and his allies are successful in their arguments to the court, overnight it will overnight become OK under federal law […]

Deceptive people’s veto tactics don’t work in elections

Signers beware. That’s the first lesson all Mainers should take away from the recent people’s veto effort targeting vaccine regulations in the state. This summer, an anti-vaccine group collected signatures to challenge a new law that limits exemptions to vaccine requirements for public school students. Under the new law, which is now on hold, children […]

Democrats’ aren’t just dreaming about health care reform

We no longer have a two-party system in American Democracy. We have an asymmetrical system where one party continues to comport itself largely along traditional lines with deference to the law, the Constitution and Democratic norms, and the other has declared total and complete war on any institution or check that would constrain its power. […]

Presidential candidates come to Maine with an eye toward New Hampshire

Democrats should be embarrassed. But not for the typical reasons that might have quickly jumped to mind. They should be embarrassed by the strength, depth and diversity of the field of candidates vying for the party’s nomination to face President Donald Trump. The field looks like America. Even some of the candidates who have already […]

Opponents of gun safety reform are counting on us to move on – Don’t

It was a long, deadly weekend as gun violence claimed more lives. At least seven people (eight if you count the gunman) are dead in west Texas at the hands of an angry man with an “AR style” weapon. Three police officers and a 17-month-old were among the 25 people who were wounded. The victims […]