Category Archives: Elections

Don’t learn the wrong lessons from this election

Want to hear an interesting fact about the 2018 election? Shawn Moody received the fourth most votes for governor in the nearly 200 years of Maine history. Obviously, one of the people who received more votes than he did was Janet Mills, the woman who defeated him in that contest. The other two were Paul […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is new blood really better than old blood?

Everywhere you look, they’re dropping like flies. Incumbent Democrats are being defeated left and right in primaries, typically losing to young, often diverse, hard core liberal progressives. Democrats want change. They are tired of the old guard, and they want a new guard to replace them. This is a phenomenon very familiar to me, having […]

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 […]

Is this really how we want to do elections?

Well, the legal battles over ranked-choice voting have already gotten absurdly messy and confusing, and the system hasn’t even been used in an actual election yet. Just wait until the loser ends up miraculously becoming a winner in an election. That should be fun. In the last week a lot has happened, and to fully […]