Category Archives: Column

Poliquin right to challenge ranked-choice voting

In a surprise to exactly no one, Bruce Poliquin filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday, challenging Maine’s ranked-choice voting system. Contrary to the already developing narrative being used by some, this suit is not being filed because Poliquin is a “sore loser” — indeed, it is being filed as he stands the plurality […]

There was no blue wave, except in Maine

Going into Tuesday’s election, there were a lot of predictions. A lot of polls. A lot of prognostication. The conventional wisdom was that we would see a Democratic tidal wave across the nation, sea to sea, from the House to the Senate to state governorships. Yes, I grant you, there was more pessimism in the […]

What to expect when you’re expecting, Election Day version

Recently I had dinner with three very informed, intelligent, politically savvy friends, all of whom — just for the record — happen to be Democrats. Naturally the conversation drifted toward Election Day, and the same question that I have been asked thousands of times this year, and thousands of times in each of the preceding […]

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 […]

It is the most important election of our lives. Or is it?

“We’re nearly one month away from the most important election of our lifetime.” So said Democratic candidate for governor Janet Mills, via email, on Oct. 1. One day prior, 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree sent an email saying, “We’re only a few weeks away from the most important midterm elections in our lifetimes, and the stakes have truly never been higher.” The day before that, […]

Sen. Collins’ Declaration of Courage

“I think that it is high time that we remembered that we have sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution. I think that it is high time that we remembered that the Constitution, as amended, speaks not only of the freedom of speech but also of trial by jury instead of trial by accusation. “Whether […]

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 […]

We have lost our minds over the Kavanaugh allegations

Let’s just be honest here. Politics has now so infected the entire Brett Kavanaugh nomination debate, that it is virtually impossible for anyone on either side of the debate to listen to anyone else. People have hardened themselves into stone. They’ve turned off their brains. They’ve long since abandoned any intention or interest in leaving […]

The “me too” pendulum swings, but is it too far?

For nearly a year now, we’ve been living in a different era. That era is the “me too” era, where women across this country are standing up and making their voices heard, taking some power back after generations of silent abuse that women all over America have experienced. This is undeniably a good thing. No […]

How (not) to persuade a US senator

Congratulations! You have been told to be outraged about the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and you’ve now taken the logical next step: you wish to lobby a US senator to get them to also be outraged, and vote against him. Naturally, you have questions. Questions that I am only too […]