What if the worst is true and half the people don’t care?

In a meticulously reported and lengthy examination of President Donald Trump and his family’s financial empire, the New York Times has uncovered significant evidence of fraud and busted the mythology – pushed by Trump himself – of a self-made man. The Times describes its investigation as “unprecedented in scope and precision, offering the first comprehensive […]

The truth about Kavanaugh will come out; can the Senate handle it?

The truth will come out about Judge Brett Kavanaugh. And I mean the whole truth – about the way he has treated women in the past and about his views on critical issues likely to come before the US Supreme Court. The question facing Republicans in the US Senate is whether they want to know […]

Mills details economic prosperity plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills this week released an action plan for the Maine economy. The plan includes 19 action items, specific recommendations for improving the state’s economy and spreading prosperity into rural areas. Parts of Maine are doing well right now – Portland, Bangor, Lewiston-Auburn, and the areas around them. The state’s official unemployment […]

Attack ads just a preview of nastiness to come

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan may play the part of the earnest Boy Scout on TV, but when it comes to real life he falls far short, particularly when it comes to telling the truth. Last week, Ryan’s super-PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, let loose with a misleading attack ad aimed on Democrat Jared […]

Alarm bells are sounding over treatment of vulnerable people. Can we hear them?

Locked away. Out of sight. Out of mind. Out of luck. Kids are left in prison because there’s no place else for them to go. Men with autism are living in hospital emergency rooms, no other bed to be had. A child is locked up, gets sick and never gets better. It’s like a living […]

Happy birthday to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument will celebrate its second birthday with a hootenanny this weekend. And there is plenty to celebrate. After two years of needless delay, highway signs pointing the way to the monument are finally going up and thousands of people are visiting. About 8,000 people have visited so far this year, the […]

If Republicans won’t stand up to attacks on the press, it’s up to voters

President Donald Trump and his administration didn’t invent attacks on the free press, but they have taken them to incredible and dangerous new levels. This week, newspapers across the country are answering a call from the Boston Globe for a coordinated response to end the “slander of ‘fake news’” and the ongoing “incitement against the […]

Maine economy will suffer unless we attract more people

In a now-deleted Facebook video first covered by the Bangor Daily News last week, Gov. Paul LePage said a number of controversial things. The item that gained the most attention was remarks that he intended to call on Attorney General Janet Mills to resign. A prediction that came true on Tuesday. But the video contained […]

LePage says he will call on AG Mills to resign

In a rambling, 15-minute speech at an event Tuesday for a Republican candidate for the Maine House of Representatives, Gov. Paul LePage renewed his ongoing feud with Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills, attacked rank-and-file Republicans, warned that there are troubling signs for the state’s economy and touched on a range of other topics. Pre-empting news […]