Willis Henry Farmer was born in April 1932. He died 65 years later. He was my father and a glorious mess. When I consider proposals to cut Social Security or increase the age of eligibility for Medicare, which provides health insurance and care for retirees, I think of him and my mom. Willis Farmer traveled […]
I just pulled the blinds on my office windows. I turned off my phone. I left the sink downstairs running, to obscure any noises. I don’t want anyone to see or hear what I’m doing. I’m writing a column for distribution online and in one of Maine’s largest newspapers, but that doesn’t mean I want […]
Maine Democrats won big this election year. Be not afraid of third-place finishes or woe-sayers predicting doom for the party. Yes, state Sen. Cynthia Dill finished a distant third place in the race for the United States Senate, repeating what occurred in 2010 when Democratic gubernatorial nominee and then state Senate President Libby Mitchell also finished […]
When Hurricane Sandy left his state in ruins, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a partisan bulldog if there ever has been one, put aside politics in order to put the people of his state first. If only Maine Gov. Paul LePage could learn from his example when dealing with the lives of people affected by […]
Trust the voters. It’s hard to do when you are involved in campaigns. After all, your livelihood depends on being the person who can deliver success at the ballot box for candidates or issues, to finding the right strategy, themes and plan to win. But it’s one of the biggest lessons that Gov. John Baldacci […]
An interesting story-line developed in the closing days of the election. As the Bangor Daily News headline proclaimed, “Early voting less popular this year in Maine than in 2008.” There were similar stories from the Associated Press and in the Portland Press Herald. But none of the stories mentioned a key factor in the reduced early vote […]
The political campaigns in Maine are making their final push toward Election Day. For most campaigns, the focus is on encouraging their supporters to go to the polls. The operations are usually called GOTV, which stands for Get Out the Vote. The tactics are well known: Making phone calls, knocking on doors, arranging transportation for […]
David Farmer writes that Maine voters should support four bond proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot because they will help spur economic growth.
David Farmer writes that state Senator Nichi Farnham, R-Bangor, must answer questions about her role in a political action committee that has given money to her re-election campaign.
David Farmer argues that Mitt Romney participated in class warfare by picking up the conservative talking point that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay income taxes.