Let’s all calm down a bit about the Supreme Court

The siren had sounded, and an all hands on deck alert had been issued. A Supreme Court vacancy had opened up, and a Republican president had just announced a candidate to fill the vacancy. A candidate that must (full stop) be (full stop) defeated (full stop). He was out of the judicial mainstream, you see. […]

Are you really surprised conservatives don’t trust the media?

If you aren’t a conservative, I suppose it can be difficult to understand the source of conservative antipathy about the media. To the outsider, conservatives can often come off like whiny complainers, decrying the “liberal media” as “fake news” when they just don’t like what the news reports. Well, with all due respect to those […]

Supreme Court ruling that workers have a choice on joining union is monumental

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court finally announced a decision on the much anticipated Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) case. It will prove, I suspect, to be one of the most consequential Supreme Court decisions in a generation, given the impact it will have on American society. And make no […]

Ranked-choice ridiculousness

More than a week, and no winner. Glitches. Memory stick problems. Ballots sent by courier from remote Maine towns. And all for likely selecting the winner that would have been selected anyway under the old system? This is really how you want to do elections, Maine? Maine’s first experiment with ranked choice voting hasn’t exactly […]

Moodymentum carries businessman to easy victory in Republican primary

After all that, it turns out the Republicans don’t need to worry about the foolishness of ranked-choice voting after all. The reason for that, of course, is that Shawn Moody became the Republican nominee for governor on Tuesday night by absolutely wiping out his opponents. And that is no small accomplishment this year, because Moody […]

Supreme Court punts important questions in cake shop case

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” That, of course, is the text of the First Amendment […]

A real chance at peace in North Korea will be born from thinking differently

Having recently finished a book, I was looking for something to read. I have a rather eclectic taste, that varies from historical biographies, to science fiction and fantasy. And of course, there is my my insatiable appetite for political books. But it is summer, and I’m feeling a bit burned out lately, so I thought […]

Beyond guns, we must look at rotten core of society to reduce violence

I’ve authored more than my share of columns on the issue of gun violence, usually written in the aftermath of a horrific tragedy perpetrated by a deranged individual who inflicted massive harm on a large group of people. Obviously, America once again had to face the ugly reality of gun violence when, last Friday, Dimitrios […]