The Republican Party has a stupidity problem

I have thought for some time that the Republican Party has a racism problem. But what I’m starting to realize is the Republican Party has a stupidity problem, which sometimes manifests itself in racism. Let me say from the outset, to be clear, that I am a member of the Republican Party, and have worked […]

Federal report of ignored abuse reveals true Mayhew record

Between 2013 and 2015, 133 people with developmental disabilities died under state care. Mary Mayhew was responsible for the care of these people as commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. But Mayhew’s DHHS failed to investigate any of these deaths, according to a federal investigation outlined in a report released last […]

Collins, King offer alternative to executive-level lunacy

The contrast couldn’t be more striking. On one hand, there is the imagery of Anthony Scaramucci, President Donald Trump’s short time communications director, hair slicked back, reaching into a female reporter’s personal space over and over as he desperately attempted to bully a series of lies into reality. On the other, there is Maine’s senior […]

For state government, it’s time to end “citizen surgery”

Surgeons make good livings. They drive nice cars and live in nice houses. As an American, I believe anyone should be able to become a surgeon. But just because anyone should be able to become a surgeon, I don’t think everyone should actually be allowed to perform surgery without the proper education and experience. I […]

Wanted: Press secretary for hazardous duty

Last week, Gov. Paul LePage’s office announced the imminent resignation of Press Secretary Adrienne Bennett after six years on the job. Replacing Bennett will not be easy — after all, how many amateur rappers with a background in television reporting are there in the Greater Waterville area? As the administration begins the search, I’ve drafted […]

House GOP shuts down government to please their Dear Leader LePage

The State House is engulfed in tumult as the failure to pass a budget has resulted in a state shutdown for the first time since 1991. Sixty House Republicans have taken government hostage through a series of last-minute and erratic demands, and as the drama unfolds it’s getting harder and harder to understand their motivation […]

Maine needs leadership, not acrimony, to pass a budget

If this latest budget/shutdown fiasco teaches us anything, it’s that Maine’s way of running state government is broken. And this year’s budget situation, though closer to the precipice of shutdown than normal, is not really much different than in previous years since Gov. Paul LePage took office. LePage’s budget approach disregards the key component of […]

House Republicans join LePage in push for shutdown

Imagine this for a moment — liberal activists push a “tax the rich to fund education” referendum and win narrowly, making Maine’s top tax rate the highest in the nation. But a united Republican Party, with the state’s economy and best interests in mind, rolls back the tax increase completely and still finds a way […]