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David Farmer

About David Farmer

David Farmer is a political and media consultant in Portland, where he lives with his wife and two children. He was senior adviser to Democrat Mike Michaud’s campaign for governor and a longtime journalist. You can reach him at

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 […]

No doubt: LePage did it, but what else has he done?

Gov. Paul LePage did it. He used his power as governor to ensure that Speaker of the House Mark Eves was fired from a position as president of Good Will-Hinckley. Despite the fact that the governor and his senior staff refused to speak with investigators, the fact-finding report from the Office of Program Evaluation and […]

Some GOP candidates drift toward making sense — sort of

Republicans are starting to say some of the darndest things. And I’m not talking about the crazy stuff, like building a fence along the border with Canada, sending nasty grams on government stationary or ending birthright citizenship. Sure, there’s plenty of that. And as Republican candidates for president and GOP governors struggle to capture attention […]

LePage’s wasted energy on energy

For Gov. Paul LePage, reality has only a very generalized connection to what he says and does. When 300 workers lost their jobs at Verso Paper in Jay, following the loss of 500 jobs in Bucksport, the governor used the devastating news to push his agenda to prop up fossil fuels and import power from […]

Stories about EBT card busts cast poverty as a crime

Being poor is not a crime. But we are living in a time when politicians and the media continue to criminalize poverty. The latest example comes from stories reported in the Bangor Daily News, Sun Journal and the Press Herald. “Drug agents say EBT cards being used to buy drugs,” the Bangor Daily reported. “Maine […]

LePage should at least be funny in his handwritten nastygrams

The letters keep coming. And with each one, the office of the governor is a little more diminished. Gov. Paul LePage has fallen into a nasty little habit of blasting off ill-considered, handwritten notes to people who have fallen out of favor with him. It’s a long list. And it continues to grow to include […]

Will a humbled Gov. LePage ‘move on’?

In quick, but thorough, fashion, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court dismissed Gov. Paul LePage’s efforts to get a do-over on 65 attempted vetoes. LePage’s efforts are a clear-cut example of hubris and overreach, and the court had no choice but to deliver a sharp rebuke. The justices needed less than a week to weigh the arguments […]