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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 dfarmer14@hotmail.com.

Want a taste of election year attacks against Democrats? Look to LePage

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has shown himself to be a much stronger candidate in the Democratic primary for president than many people expected. Sanders, after 25 years as U.S. congressman and U.S. senator, joined the Democratic Party only recently. For most of his political career, he was a small “i” independent and self-identified democratic socialist. […]

Thibodeau pushes back against 2016 election ugliness

It’s not easy for me to say something nice about state Senate President Mike Thibodeau. He once voted to fire me and eliminate my job. (I know, I’m setting myself up here, but go ahead and take the easy shot.) Democratic state Sen. John Nutting was in a feud with the Baldacci administration, where I […]

With LePage, Maine becomes more of an outlier

On his first day in office earlier this week, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards took steps to expand access to health insurance for 300,000 people in his state. Fulfilling a campaign promise, Edwards’ decision will improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and give his state’s economy a shot in the arm. In […]

LePage forces us all to choose

Gov. Paul LePage’s racist comments earlier this week in Bridgton aren’t simply embarrassing. And they can’t be attributed to an innocent slip of the tongue. They’re dangerous and insidious. They are the blood slander that has been used to justify the torture and murder of black men and boys since Reconstruction. LePage used racially loaded language […]

12-year-olds should be as safe as armed extremists

Local, state and federal authorities confronting an armed insurrection in Oregon are right to approach the situation cautiously. To date, there’s no immediate and apparent risk to public safety, no one has been hurt, there are no hostages and a wildlife refuge isn’t critical infrastructure in the way a police station or reservoir is. Federal […]

For LePage and Fredette, the table gets lonely

Simply put, Maine cannot confront its heroin epidemic — or strengthen its rural economy, for that matter — without expanding access to affordable health care. Lack of health care for tens of thousands of Mainers is holding our state back, and people are dying as a result. But the impacts go much further than hurting […]

In Michigan, a real disaster can’t compete with the fear du jour

An American city of 99,000 people has been poisoned. And the country has largely shrugged, distracted by pink Christmas trees, insult-throwing politicians and worries about Hoverboards, which don’t actually hover, catching on fire. In Flint, Mich., a bad decision left the city with water too dangerous and noxious to drink for more than a year […]

How a grandmother, innocent of welfare fraud, almost ended up in jail

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Justice finally caught up with Roberta Ishola. But probably not in the way you think. In October 2014, Ishola was arrested as part of a crackdown on welfare abuse. Someone she knew, either angry with her or without all the facts, called the police. Ishola, 51, a grandmother and Lewiston resident, was charged unlawful possession […]

Exclusive: Maine facing sanctions from feds over food program

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is violating federal law and now ranks last among all states for its administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program, or food stamps. A sharply worded, Dec. 7 letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture put DHHS on notice. “The State’s chronically poor performance in timeliness is […]