There’s still time to pass ranked-choice voting for March primary

Gov. Janet Mills has called the Legislature back into special session next week to consider a smart investment package that includes money for transportation, to boost the economy, to clean up pollution and for the Land for Maine’s Future program. The money to pay for the debt service on the bonding was already included in […]

When it comes to gun safety, it’s time to call the absurd the absurd

In my column last week, I wrote about 30 ideas that could help stem the ever-rising tide of gun violence in the United States. The ideas ranged from background checks and waiting periods to a ban on military-style weapons such as the AR-15 and large capacity magazines. Generally speaking, as someone who worked on the background check […]

30 gun safety ideas in 30 seconds

One. Strengthen background checks and close the loopholes that allows someone to buy a gun without one. Two. Ban high-capacity magazines that enhance the killing power of semi-automatic weapons and reduce the need for an attacker to reload to continue on a rampage. Three. Require gun owners to be licensed. Four. End so-called “constitutional carry.” If […]

When it comes to attacks on elections, we’re the ‘suckers’ being targeted

Democracy is under attack in the United States. A recent US Senate Intelligence Committee report found that it’s likely all 50 states were targeted by the Russian government in 2016 as part of that country’s efforts to influence our elections. While there’s no direct evidence that votes or election data were changed, the implications are staggering. […]

Ongoing challenge to Affordable Care Act could add to risks for Collins

Republicans are facing a self-inflicted calamity with a lawsuit that puts at risk the health care coverage for millions of Americans. And they are doing it just in time for a contentious US Senate race in Maine and a presidential election. On Tuesday, the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit – a conservative court […]

Country song springs from the late night poetry of fundraising emails

If you’ve ever given money to a political candidate, then you know that we just ended the quarter – and started a new fiscal year – for campaigns ranging from town council and mayor right up to president of the United States. The deadlines are arbitrary to most of the real world. There’s nothing magic […]

Portland shows compassion while US fails kids on the border

I wanted to write about women’s soccer this week. On Friday, Team USA will play France in a highly anticipated match up of giants in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The US women’s national team is an inspiration, not only for what they are doing on the field, but also for their fight to ensure that women’s national team athletes […]

Higher minimum wage means fewer kids in poverty

Kids in Maine are doing better in a lot of important ways. And it’s not an accident. Smart public policies are making a real difference in the lives of Mainers, including our youngest residents. Earlier this week, the Maine Children’s Alliance and the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, which […]

Drug company fails test of morality on Alzheimer’s

My mother, Louise Farmer, died in October 2015, but she was gone a long time before that. She had Alzheimer’s disease – a cruel bastard that robs people of their memories and their lives. That same year, according to The Washington Post, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer made a startling discovery after reviewing insurance claim data: “The […]