Category Archives: Federal

19 bold predictions for 2019

Christmas is a time for giving, and boldly predicting what will happen next year has been my gift to you every year since 2011. As usual, I got a lot right last year. I told you what would happen in the Republican primary, that there would be a ranked-choice voting people’s veto, that 2018 would be a bad election year for […]

George H.W. Bush, the last true American statesman

In the past several days, you have of course heard many things about George Herbert Walker Bush. His decency and goodness. His commitment to service. His dignity. Yet, the former president’s most enduring gift to the American people is not only his demeanor. Rather it is in something that never actually even happened. And the legacy […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Let’s all calm down a bit about the Supreme Court

The siren had sounded, and an all hands on deck alert had been issued. A Supreme Court vacancy had opened up, and a Republican president had just announced a candidate to fill the vacancy. A candidate that must (full stop) be (full stop) defeated (full stop). He was out of the judicial mainstream, you see. […]

Supreme Court ruling that workers have a choice on joining union is monumental

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court finally announced a decision on the much anticipated Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) case. It will prove, I suspect, to be one of the most consequential Supreme Court decisions in a generation, given the impact it will have on American society. And make no […]