Category Archives: Campaigns

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 […]

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 […]

Bluster and big fights hide LePage’s day-to-day misdeeds

Gov. Paul LePage’s harsh view of the world is guided by anecdote, misinformation and half-truth. Basic, knowable information eludes him, or he can’t be bothered to get it right. He repeats information that’s incorrect over and over again. Somehow he’s immune from math and science. Visiting Portland Tuesday night, the governor continued an argument he’s […]

Sore losers in Lewiston want fewer young people to vote

The Republican Party — and conservatives in general — have a real problem with young people. Specifically, they don’t want them to vote. The same goes for minorities and people with low-income. In Maine and around the country, there is a concerted effort to change voting laws to make it harder to vote, with the […]

No place for intimidation on Election Day

Just because something is legal doesn’t make it a good idea. Walking around downtown with a rifle slung over your shoulder is legal in Maine. But it freaks people out. They have no way of knowing your intention. It’s a bad idea. Videotaping voters who choose to sign a petition may be legal. But it freaks […]

We all have a responsibility to call out racism in our politics

Overt racism is having its heyday in politics. Oh, sure, most politicians stick with code words — “dog whistles,” they’re sometimes called — to thinly disguise racist comments meant to appeal to white voters while also offering a bit of deniability. But the code has been broken, and racism is right out in the open. […]

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 […]