Category Archives: Democrats

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Know-Nothings are reborn, fueled by an anti-immigrant fever

The flag of the Know-Nothing Party, circa 1850.

Every so often, a tide of bigotry, fear and xenophobia washes over our country. There’s always someone new to hate. Africans. Irish. Italians. Chinese. Jews. Japanese. Politicians point to the newcomers as threats, bent on our country’s destruction. Each time, they are proven wrong, the risk overstated for political gain. And each time, our country […]

Love trumps rhetoric in Christie’s speech on addiction

Gov. Paul LePage and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are often talked about for their similarities and their close ties. Christie spent millions in corporate dollars to re-elect LePage through the Republican Governors Association, and LePage was the first notable endorsement for Christie’s presidential run. They have similar bracing personalities, both like to yell and […]