Burn it down. That’s not a governing philosophy or an ideal. It isn’t honorable. And isn’t even practical. But that is the approach that too many Republicans are taking with government. In Congress, Republicans – save for a few sane voices like that of Maine Sen. Susan Collins – are willing to reduce the number […]
The governor’s erratic behavior and bombastic attitude make it difficult to discern serious policy ideas from political bluster.
Instead of tax giveaways to the wealthy, we should be investing in our people and in our communities.
LePage, a flawed messenger for unity if ever there was one, did a mighty flip-flop. He called for Republican governors to disavow the candidacy of Donald Trump, then endorsed him less than a week later.
Justice finally caught up with Roberta Ishola. But probably not in the way you think. In October 2014, Ishola was arrested as part of a crackdown on welfare abuse. Someone she knew, either angry with her or without all the facts, called the police. Ishola, 51, a grandmother and Lewiston resident, was charged unlawful possession […]
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 […]
Overt racism is having its heyday in politics. Oh, sure, most politicians stick with code words — “dog whistles,” they’re sometimes called — to thinly disguise racist comments meant to appeal to white voters while also offering a bit of deniability. But the code has been broken, and racism is right out in the open. […]
The LePage administration is approaching complete lawlessness. Everyday, it seems, a new threat from the governor is revealed, another vindictive act uncovered, another law ignored. Early this week, there were two on the same day. On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Paul LePage launched an attack against fellow Republican state Sen. Roger Katz. Katz, who’s been critical […]
Gov. Paul LePage is doing his best to draw and quarter his own political party. The governor came riding into the year high after winning re-election. Many Republican leaders were convinced that he had set the stage for the party’s ascendancy. Many Republicans crowed that LePage would set the stage for the GOP for a […]