Category Archives: Column

Is partisanship really the problem?

Moderate is a word that is thrown around a lot, usually by self-interested politicians who want to appear rational, reasonable, and independently minded. Usually, you are defined as a moderate if you step outside your political party’s orthodoxy with relative frequency, and assert some opinions that are closer to those on “the other side” than […]

Giving thanks for a brilliant idea — the Electoral College

This Thanksgiving, let us give thanks for one of the most brilliant inventions of the founding generation, the Electoral College. Now, don’t misunderstand me. My declaration of thanks to this archaic yet ingenious system has nothing to do with the particular outcome of the presidential election in 2016. The Electoral College is a brilliant idea […]

Maine could decide the presidential election

If you think your vote doesn’t matter on election day because you live in Maine, think again.  There is a very, very real possibility Maine — particularly Maine’s second congressional district, could decide the election. One electoral vote?  Yes.  One electoral vote. Let’s start by taking a look at the state of the race as […]