Ranked-choice voting could decide race for Congress in 2nd District

With Election Day less than two weeks away, we have to talk about ranked-choice voting. When Maine voters walk into the voting booth – or fill out your absentee ballot – they will have a chance to rank the candidates running for US Senate and the US House of Representatives. We’ll be the first state […]

Choice for governor is really between Mills and Moody

A bit by happenstance, I had the chance recently to spend about 15 minutes chatting with each of the four candidates for governor. I like them all and enjoyed the conversations. But that doesn’t change the fact that I think Attorney General Janet Mills is the best option. There’s the old canard that people vote […]

Forget about 2020. Focus on now and the next two years.

In the aftermath of Sen. Susan Collins’ vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court – and her truly unfortunate speech and rationale for the vote – many eyes in Maine and around the country are turning to 2020, when Collins could next appear on the ballot. Stop it. Just don’t. 2020 is a […]

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 […]