Want to bet on what Tuesday’s election will bring?

It’s prediction time. While the Supreme Court invalidated federal laws preventing gambling on sports a few weeks back, placing a wager on elections remains illegal in most American jurisdictions. So there is no money on the line as I try to predict the outcomes of next week’s election, just bragging rights (or a lack thereof). […]

Hanging chad type problems could come to Maine with ranked-choice voting

Remember the “hanging chad” guy? During the 2000 presidential election, his picture was made famous, lifting his glasses and staring intently a ballot to try and divine the voter’s intent. I’m a little concerned we may have a Down East version this June. I’ll save my “your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine” predictions as to the election’s outcomes for next […]

Why Democrats are conflicted about guns

Well, maybe you can make it up after all. Maine Democrats held their state convention last weekend in Lewiston. As with the Republicans, it was a party affair to energize volunteers, hear from hopefuls, and take care of a little bit of business. One of the functions of a convention is to adopt a party […]

Vote ‘yes’ on regionalization, LePage’s gift to Maine students

It’s a beautiful time of year. Things are getting green, songbirds are singing, and the annual votes on school budgets are before us. It has led to robocalls against the budget in Lewiston and Portland’s City Council trying to pare back a proposed 5 percent property tax increase, while the voters of SAD 1 have […]

The GOP convention will be Coolio

It is going to be wild in Augusta this weekend. After all, there ain’t no party like the Grand Old Party. Why? The Grand Old Party won’t stop. With apologies to Coolio, Maine Republicans are gathering in the capital to hold their biennial convention. It is an event steeped in tradition and pageantry. However, its […]

Keep an open mind about CMP power line project

“No line is safe to touch. Evah.”   Those who lived in Maine in the 1990s will probably remember that line. Especially if you were a kid at the time, waking up early to see local news anchors wearing sweaters on TV (it meant snow!) and announcing (hoped for) school closings. Commercial breaks would cut […]

Skip the extensions and pay your sales taxes

Tax day hath cometh and goeth. I hope you sent your paperwork to the IRS, or got an extension. Meanwhile, the state Legislature is no longer meeting. Maine law requires them to adjourn their “short session” by April 18, or get an extension, which they failed to do. Like the proverbial college student, they waited […]

Will the sunshine disinfect or burn?

The internet never forgets. Whether it is Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony in Washington concerning his social media company or Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro losing his private-sector job due to social media postings, it is continually growing harder to hide from the public eye. The democratization of information enabled by the internet was supposed to herald a […]

Maine must clean up the ranked-choice voting mess

What a mess. That’s the only word I can find that fits the trials and tribulations of ranked-choice voting. Last week, the secretary of state and attorney general found mistakes in the people’s veto effort, which plunged our upcoming June election into chaos. Advocates filed a lawsuit; Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said he wouldn’t […]