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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

Can the former Republican Party chair shed baggage of LePage era in run for the State House?

The Republican Party needs to demonstrate that it’s up to the task of governance and upholding the law. Bennett, if he’s up for it, can show them how to do it.

The day after Christmas there arose such a clatter

With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore: ‘Twas the day after Christmas, when all through the House Not a legislator was stirring, not even to grouse; The impeachment articles were delayed by the speaker with care, But the Senate was ready in hopes that they would soon be there. The jury was nestled back home in […]

Does Trumpy Bear herald the End Times for parody – and democracy?

It’s not the first time it’s happened, but it has to be the most bizarre. Have you ever been scrolling through Facebook or flipping through the channels and see something that makes you stop and ask: “Is that real?” And then think, “that can’t be real.” In the era of President Donald Trump, Russian misinformation […]

Trump earned impeachment through abuse of power and obstruction

President Donald Trump has earned his impeachment. Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have an obligation to give it to him. The House Judiciary Committee released two narrowly drawn articles of impeachment on Tuesday, making the case that the president deserves to be removed from office for his actions regarding Ukraine and efforts to […]

Health care gives Democrats advantage heading into 2020

Off-year elections — even high profile contests — aren’t always reliable predictors of things to come. But election results in Kentucky, Louisiana and Virginia confirm a lesson that we learned in Maine in 2017: The No. 1 issue in the mind of voters is health care. After nearly a decade of obstruction by former Gov. […]

A handy-dandy guide to surviving Thanksgiving

Blessed are the holidays! The travel. The stress. The expectations — met and unmet. The booze. The food. The family. And friends. The love. The “hate.” The somewhere in between. Here’s a guide to surviving Thanksgiving wherever you find yourself. 1) Toasting, it’s not just for weddings. If you’re gathered around the Thanksgiving table together, […]

Former Democratic Party chair attempts to break the campaign financing mold

Ben Grant, the former chair of the Maine Democratic Party, is running for state representative for House District 41 in Portland. Grant, an attorney and PTO board member among other things, is trying a novel approach to fundraising for his race. Candidates can finance their campaigns in one of three ways: they can pay for […]

Time to give Maine lawmakers and judges a raise

Members of the Maine Legislature, judges and the governor deserve a raise – not because they’re all great at their job, though many are, but because they are woefully underpaid for the difficult work that they do. A recent story in the Portland Press Herald by reporter Scott Thistle, however, highlights the problem with giving […]

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 […]