Tag Archives: Paul LePage

Please, I beg you, ignore the polls

Unless you were completely oblivious, you saw what happened with political polling in the 2016 election. In a word, it was an unmitigated disaster. In evaluating the polls in the run up to the election, various organizations analyzed the results, and in so doing made bullish predictions about the likelihood that Hillary Clinton would be […]

Maine’s pleasantly quiet race for governor

Here’s a fun fact. I live in Maine’s First Congressional District, yet I have not seen a single television ad for the campaigns of Chellie Pingree, Marty Grohman, or Mark Holbrook, the three aspirants to the southern Maine congressional seat. In contrast, I have seen what I can only assume is several thousand ads for […]

In campaigns, it’s not all about the money

Last July, I wrote a column that implored you to ignore fundraising reports and polls in the gubernatorial contest. Today is your first test to see whether you listened or not. The end of year filing deadline has come and gone, and the January 2018 reports are now public. We now know who has raised […]

Ignore the money, ignore the polls

It can be tempting. I know. Like a siren’s song, the allure of fundraising totals and polling results is irresistible to the media. It never fails, no matter how pointlessly irrelevant it is, they will spend an unconscionable amount of time and energy “breaking down” the gubernatorial race, and analyzing who is up and who […]

LePage and House Republicans win the shutdown showdown

It is hard to argue that this government shutdown didn’t yield positive results. The last budget approved by Maine lawmakers over the governor’s veto in 2015, contained $6.7 billion in spending, which, if you recall, was a bloated “compromise” budget that spent hundreds of millions of dollars more than its predecessor. LePage’s proposal for this budget […]

Unpacking Maine’s Horrible Business Ranking

Yesterday, Forbes released its annual list of “The Best States for Business“, and Maine had the unfortunate honor of coming in dead last. Again. Clearly they haven’t seen the governor’s sign. Governor LePage and legislative Republicans have been in power for roughly a year, and it is quite unrealistic to expect Maine to be completely […]

Building a budget from zero finds the waste

Lost in all the kerfuffle over congressional redistricting has been a rather interesting tidbit of news. Gov. Paul LePage has asked his cabinet to institute a new (for Maine) way of drawing up state budget numbers, something called “zero-base budgeting.” There probably isn’t a drier topic on earth than the budget process, but for Maine, […]

The Credibility (Or Lack Thereof) Of Norm Olsen

Norm Olsen made a number of damning accusations on his way out the door, last week.  His statements should be familiar by now to anyone who has followed this mini-controversy, but if you need to be brought up to speed, just read his parting shots here. One of his more troubling accusations piqued my curiosity: […]