We need standards on who can vote. Citizenship is a good one.

Who gets a vote? That simple question belies a complex reality facing a new study group in Portland.   Tuesday night, the Portland City Council decided Mayor Ethan Strimling and Councilor Pious Ali’s proposal to permit non-citizens to vote needed more work. The ACLU was worried about it violating privacy rights, while many Portland voters […]

The media isn’t the enemy, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t biased

Read these two headlines. What do you expect from the story? “After spending thousands to buy, renovate Augusta building, state now plans to demolish it.” “State buys bank-owned property for two-thirds of asking price, plans to address parking shortage.” The first headline sounds like an example of government waste. The second sounds like good old-fashioned […]

Shooting the messenger

“Ready, aim, fire!” “We’ve done it, sir. The messenger has been shot.” That seems to sum up the current state of political discourse. This past week, a libertarian-leaning think tank released a report about Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare For All” proposal. The bottom line of the study? “Medicare For All” would cost the federal government […]

Abolish the police? Let’s say thanks instead.

“Abolish all police.” That was a chant in Portland a few weeks ago. Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to Maine to discuss the opiate crisis. The proposals he offered were criticized — fairly — for overemphasis on enforcement and a lack of consideration on how other variables play into the challenge, such as marijuana legalization. […]

Congress needs to know its role and stop wrestling over Kavanaugh nomination

“Know your role.” Before Dwayne Johnson’s real name was popularly known, his wrestling persona “The Rock” coined the catchphrase. We could probably heed his advice in the public sphere. One of the details seemingly lost in the tales full of sound and fury — ultimately signifying naught — related to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to […]

Government isn’t run like a business

Should we run government like a business? That is a question that will be asked over the next several months. Those on the left generally deride this concept, claiming government is different. They aren’t necessarily wrong. After all, in business — or non-profits, or most human organizations designed to work efficiently — there is a […]

No political litmus tests for next Supreme Court nominee

Will God save the honorable court? With Wednesday’s surprise announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy submitted his resignation to President Donald Trump, the political world whirled. It did not help matters that two significant decisions were handed down by 5-4 majorities at nearly the same time. The problem is aggravated by political lawfare. It seems every […]

Mills won the Democratic primary, but did ranked-choice voting work?

The winner of the Democratic gubernatorial primary, by technical knockout in the fourth round, is Janet Mills. Why a TKO over her six opponents, rather than a Balboa-esqe KO? We’ve got to go to the tape. If you look closely, 131,330 Maine Democrats cast ballots. Mills won with 62,959 votes in Round 4. So, out […]

Interesting times in the 1st Congressional District

Did you miss it? With all our attention on the primary, there was some other big political news in Maine over the past few weeks. The gubernatorial race is shaping up as a contest between Shawn Moody, Alan Caron, Terry Hayes, and a Democrat to be named later. Those on the left are salivating at […]