Tag Archives: Democrats

A pox on both political parties

So, I’ve been a bit hard on the new liberal regime in Augusta recently. I’ve been giving Gov. Janet Mills and her allies in the Legislature unsolicited advice, telling them to do things that I am well aware they will never have any intention of doing. Things like controlling spending, lowering taxes, and continuing to […]

Mainers are finding out they voted for tax and spend

Spend spend spend. Tax tax tax. You heard a lot of flowery talk about responsibly leading Maine. You heard about discipline and “investments” that would make the state better. “No, we won’t raise your taxes,” they said, “we’ll just re-prioritize state government and we’ll use money we already have to do a few things responsibly.” […]

The 2018 Conifer Awards

I don’t think there is anything better than Christmas traditions. Christmas mass. Gift giving. Music. Family. Dinner. Taking six hours to put together over-engineered and insanely designed larger items for the kids, forcing you to go to bed at 3:30 in the morning. The usual. Along with my yearly predictions, I have also traditionally given […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ranked-choice ridiculousness

More than a week, and no winner. Glitches. Memory stick problems. Ballots sent by courier from remote Maine towns. And all for likely selecting the winner that would have been selected anyway under the old system? This is really how you want to do elections, Maine? Maine’s first experiment with ranked choice voting hasn’t exactly […]

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 […]

18 bold predictions for 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of year again. Yes, the time of year you all look forward to with ever-growing excitement. I’m speaking, of course, of my annual bold predictions, where I give you, dear reader, a foretelling of the coming year. This has been my gift to you every year since 2011. Last year, I […]

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, […]