The greatest trick that Republicans ever pulled was convincing people that they might pay the estate tax. It’s a lie. Point blank and simple. Very few people pay the estate tax, and the folks who do are extremely wealthy. They are not small business owners and family farmers. According to the Tax Policy Center, in […]
We are killing young black men. We are killing them on the streets, and we’re killing them with games. When they tell us there’s systematic and persistent racism, that they’re afraid for their sons, we should listen. We’re killing Native Americans. We’re abandoning them to poverty, isolation and early death. When they tell us that […]
For politicians, there are three types of pictures you should always avoid. Police mug shots. Funny hats or clothes. And the blurry hand trying to block the camera. The first tells people you’re a criminal. The second says you’re trying too hard and opens you up to ridicule. And the third says you’re hiding or […]
Everyone should have enough food to eat. Period. Everyone. Every single person. Every child. Every mother. Every father. Every grandmother. Every worker. Every person who doesn’t work. Every person with a disability. Every person fighting addiction. The convicted criminal. The saint. The loving. The mean. The forgiving. The spiteful. The thoughtful. The vindictive. Everyone. During […]
Voters are getting pummeled in the Legislature. Last year, the stalemate on important issues caused by a hothead of a governor and a divided Legislature led voters to take matters into their own hands. In a crowded November ballot, they passed four of five citizens’ initiatives. Voters said yes to legalizing marijuana, raising the minimum […]
We’ve got to retire the judgment that somehow “people from away” are morally suspect.
Trump is president, LePage is governor, and they show that they’ll use that power to drive down trust in our institutions.
By trying to avoid Trump, Poliquin is stuck in the middle of no man’s land.
Luckily the press — and the state auditor — can look in more than one direction at a time.
Violent, hateful rhetoric from political leaders is dangerous. It gives air to some of the ugliest impulses in society.