More Mainers in the middle — middle age, middle income — are dying. There’s no single way to change course, but the first step is a simple one.
Paul LePage and Donald Trump aren’t leaders. They’re three rows deep in the lynch mob, egging the crowd on. They give voice to society’s ugliest ideas, for political gain or for sport.
The threat of Ebola has subsided. But it won’t be long before Zika takes its place as the new bogeyman to justify xenophobia and strike fear into voters.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]