It is time to pass tax reform

I suppose it should be no surprise, but the federal tax reform package — officially dubbed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — continues to generate the most insane, outlandish reactions possible. The foolishness came to a head on Sunday as professional protesters with apparently absolutely nothing else to do, showed up at Sen. Susan Collins […]

If you are truly serious about the national debt, tax reform is irrelevant

I hate debt. Really hate it. In 2010, one of the most encouraging things that I thought came out of the Tea Party movement, was a focus on the issue of the budget deficit and the national debt. That year, candidates who promised to address those issues managed to gain 63 seats in Congress. For Democrats, […]

Relax, your internet will be just fine

The first time I heard the term “net neutrality” was in the fall of 2008. I was working for a marketing agency that did public affairs work, and we had a client who was involved in the issue, which was beginning to gain some traction in Washington. When I was brought onto the team working […]

Sexual impropriety in Congress isn’t really a surprise

Years ago, I worked for a woman just a few years older than I am. She was an experienced professional communicator who had extensive experience in Washington, including a stint working on Capitol Hill for a very influential congressman. One afternoon, I was sitting in her office with another female employee who had similar experience […]

Why hasn’t Roy Moore’s support fallen off a cliff?

Roy Moore, the beleaguered US Senate candidate in Alabama, has had a couple of bad weeks. This week, Beverly Young Nelson and her lawyer Gloria Allred — ugh — held a packed news conference where she accused Moore of sexual assault when she was a teenager and he was a 30-year-old prosecutor. This makes five […]

Tuesday’s election was bad for Republicans, but not catastrophic

A rejection of Donald Trump! A rejection of the establishment Republicans! A validation of Obamacare! A harbinger of a coming wave election! Speaker Nancy Pelosi! The revenge of the Democrats! An election that means so much! An election that means nothing! There is no shortage of hot takes about what happened on Tuesday night, almost […]

What, and who, do the Democrats really want?

A couple weeks ago, I took a look at the Republicans looking to succeed Gov. Paul LePage in next year’s gubernatorial election. The Democratic primary is, in many ways, a much more difficult one to handicap. The Democratic Party, much like the Republican Party several years ago, is going through a bit of an identity […]

The devil of the moment in the White House

Looking back, they seem like hazy years that I barely remember. Quaint, almost, in retrospect. I was younger, I actually had hair, and I didn’t really understand everything that I saw. But still, I remember. I’m talking about only a short time ago, though once I stop to think of it, the period began almost […]

So begins Maine’s ‘Game of Thrones’

Sen. Susan Collins has now ended months of speculation, and decided not to seek election to become Maine’s next governor. Remaining in the US Senate means that the die is more or less cast in both parties, and the race to replace Gov. Paul LePage can truly begin. On the Republican side, the field is […]

In Weinstein case, rules for thee, but not for me

Harvey Weinstein is scum. Absolute scum. Unfortunately for countless women in Hollywood, the public at large is just now learning of his sick, twisted perversions, even though his behavior was, according to countless people inside the industry, an “open secret.” So why didn’t we know? Simple. Because powerful figures in Hollywood and media intervened on […]