Category Archives: Column

To prevent electoral chaos, Legislature needs replacement for ranked-choice voting

Ranked-choice voting (RCV) advocates, in their earnest effort to improve the state’s politics, have created a circumstance that threatens to badly damage our electoral system. These advocates acted irresponsibly when they crafted referendum language that does not pass muster with the Maine Constitution. As the Maine Supreme Judicial Court opined last year, RCV’s requirement that […]

Grab the popcorn — this legislative session is going to be a doozy

Maine’s next legislative session is going to be a madhouse. To begin with, this is Paul LePage’s last legislative session as governor (cue the hallelujah chorus). It’s pretty hard to guess what move LePage is going to make next, but he loves attention, and will go to almost any length to get it. As the […]

Tax policy is not worth jail time

Here’s a waypoint I think everyone should be able to agree with: We need to be able to debate tax rates in this country without people getting arrested. Unfortunately, we’re not there at the moment. The over-the-top reaction to the tax reform bill now moving through Congress has shifted our public discourse into the most […]

The party that cried wolf, far too many times

The Republican National Committee is actively working to elect an alleged child molester to the US Senate. And the president of the United States is taunting a nuclear-armed dictator on Twitter with juvenile name-calling, while his associates receive subpoenas and indictments for their potential roles in Russia’s interference with our presidential election. Despite all this, […]

LePage’s about face on gun background checks

You may have heard the phrase, “Molon Labe.” It means “Come and take them.” It was a defiant call used by King Leonidas of Sparta when his army was asked to lay down their weapons by the Persians during the battle of Thermopylae. It was made popular via a film called “300,” in which a […]

For Fredette and Mayhew, GOP primary may have ended before it started

It’s unconventional for a sitting governor to select his preferred successor from outside of his own party. But there are indications that’s just what Gov. Paul LePage did with Shawn Moody last week. Moody was not a Republican until he registered as one several weeks ago, and now LePage’s campaign team is working to deliver […]

What if Chellie Pingree runs for governor?

Maine’s 2018 race for governor is shaping up to be a scrum. Roughly 20 candidates are expected to join the fray by the end of the year, and both the GOP and Democratic primaries so far lack clear frontrunners. Sen. Susan Collins would have dominated the field, but she announced last month that she’s staying […]

Political parties are destroying public policy in Maine

  Political parties are meant to help win elections. By providing their extensive behind-the-scenes networks, parties lend their infrastructure to their chosen candidates to bolster their chances of getting elected. In this way, parties can be very effective. In fact, the parties have been so effective in providing electoral infrastructure that they’ve locked our nation […]