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David Farmer

About David Farmer

David Farmer is a political and media consultant in Portland, where he lives with his wife and two children. He was senior adviser to Democrat Mike Michaud’s campaign for governor and a longtime journalist. You can reach him at

Democrats’ aren’t just dreaming about health care reform

We no longer have a two-party system in American Democracy. We have an asymmetrical system where one party continues to comport itself largely along traditional lines with deference to the law, the Constitution and Democratic norms, and the other has declared total and complete war on any institution or check that would constrain its power. […]

Presidential candidates come to Maine with an eye toward New Hampshire

Democrats should be embarrassed. But not for the typical reasons that might have quickly jumped to mind. They should be embarrassed by the strength, depth and diversity of the field of candidates vying for the party’s nomination to face President Donald Trump. The field looks like America. Even some of the candidates who have already […]

Opponents of gun safety reform are counting on us to move on – Don’t

It was a long, deadly weekend as gun violence claimed more lives. At least seven people (eight if you count the gunman) are dead in west Texas at the hands of an angry man with an “AR style” weapon. Three police officers and a 17-month-old were among the 25 people who were wounded. The victims […]

There’s still time to pass ranked-choice voting for March primary

Gov. Janet Mills has called the Legislature back into special session next week to consider a smart investment package that includes money for transportation, to boost the economy, to clean up pollution and for the Land for Maine’s Future program. The money to pay for the debt service on the bonding was already included in […]

When it comes to gun safety, it’s time to call the absurd the absurd

In my column last week, I wrote about 30 ideas that could help stem the ever-rising tide of gun violence in the United States. The ideas ranged from background checks and waiting periods to a ban on military-style weapons such as the AR-15 and large capacity magazines. Generally speaking, as someone who worked on the background check […]

30 gun safety ideas in 30 seconds

One. Strengthen background checks and close the loopholes that allows someone to buy a gun without one. Two. Ban high-capacity magazines that enhance the killing power of semi-automatic weapons and reduce the need for an attacker to reload to continue on a rampage. Three. Require gun owners to be licensed. Four. End so-called “constitutional carry.” If […]

When it comes to attacks on elections, we’re the ‘suckers’ being targeted

Democracy is under attack in the United States. A recent US Senate Intelligence Committee report found that it’s likely all 50 states were targeted by the Russian government in 2016 as part of that country’s efforts to influence our elections. While there’s no direct evidence that votes or election data were changed, the implications are staggering. […]

Ongoing challenge to Affordable Care Act could add to risks for Collins

Republicans are facing a self-inflicted calamity with a lawsuit that puts at risk the health care coverage for millions of Americans. And they are doing it just in time for a contentious US Senate race in Maine and a presidential election. On Tuesday, the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit – a conservative court […]