Candidates for governor respond with BIG IDEAS

Two weeks ago, I made an offer to all the candidates running for governor: Send me a big idea explained in 50 words or less, and I’ll share it with the world as written and without comment. A chance to reach tens of people with words of their choosing. My hope was that all the […]

March for Our Lives kids refuse to let adults derail change

If I had been advising the students who organized and led the March for Our Lives protests around Maine, I would have told them to keep the program short. I’d have said to avoid the sappy songs and the poetry, to keep the message sharp and focused. Don’t be too strident, don’t take it too […]

Running for governor? Here’s your chance to make your case.

There’s a strange bipolar effect that happens every election season. We want people to run for office. We want more choice. And then we bemoan the fact that so many people run – writing some folks off prematurely, even before they have a chance to make their case. In Maine, a lot of people are […]

GOP policies veer from cruel to absurd

There is a cruelty and viciousness to so many Republican policy ideas. Cloaked in populist language and blame-invoking finger pointing, the majority of the GOP stumbles consistently to the worst option available. It’s like Twitter parody accounts have been turned into living, breathing politicians, intent on pushing things just as far as seemingly possible and […]

Don’t blur the bright line of no guns at school

We need to do everything we can to keep guns away from schools. That means that we should stop wasting time and energy debating the nonsensical idea of arming teachers or the dangerous idea of allowing parents to bring guns onto school grounds, and instead look at ideas that might actually be worth considering. State […]

We have zero tolerance for plane crashes. Why not mass shootings?

If we can unravel the cause of a plane crash from the bottom of the ocean or aim for an end to infections in hospitals, we can figure out how to stop this type of wholesale murder.

Sorensen case proves women’s worst fears about reporting abuse

David Sorensen, a former aide to Republican Gov. Paul LePage and a speechwriter for President Donald Trump, was forced to resign last week after allegations by his ex-wife that he abused her during their two-and-a half-year marriage. The backlash against Jessica Corbett, who first told her story to the FBI in October and in a […]

Shut. It. Down. — No, not the government, Long Creek

The new superintendent of Long Creek Youth Development Center, the state’s prison for kids, seems like a great person. Caroline Raymond has opened up the doors of the facility to members of the Maine media, she’s granted interviews with the Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald, in an effort I believe, to rub […]

LePage worse for tourism than renewable energy

Gov. Paul LePage cannot simply wave his arms and make laws – or the truth – disappear. Though he often attempts both. Last week, the governor issued an executive order creating a secret wind energy panel and placing a moratorium on new wind projects in the state (except for part of Aroostook County, maybe). He […]