What politicians can learn from the Super Bowl

Why do we care about the Super Bowl? After all, it is a bunch of individuals earning, six, seven, or eight figures a year, playing a game on behalf of owners worth nine or ten figures. Even more, there is literal price fixing, an industry-wide agreement to limit overall wages for a certain type of […]

Trust, but verify what you see on the internet

Doveryai, no proveryai. It’s an old Russian proverb. You may know it better as one of President Ronald Reagan’s popular phrases: “Trust, but verify.” Most notably, he used it publicly when talking about agreed-upon inspection procedures concerning nuclear weapons. This was when the Russians — sorry, the Soviets — were our greatest geopolitical rival. Maybe the […]

Listen to Joe Biden: Barr will make a fine attorney general

Here we go again. Although I was lambasted for the suggestion, I’ll offer Washington Democrats the same advice I gave Augusta Republicans. The Constitution gives the elected chief executive the right to appoint the men and women they want to offices of state. If your legislative party is in the majority, the natural tension built […]

I’m with Mills rather than a vague “green new deal”

Well, with a new Congress being inaugurated and Janet Mills taking the oath of office, one thing is coming into focus: Democrats are a study in contrasts. In Washington, a large contingent of newly elected representatives are calling for a “Green New Deal.” What actual, concrete policy does this slogan encompass? No one is really […]

Republicans face test of character with Mills’ nominations

They say that “the true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” I’ll propose a corollary: the true test of a political party’s character is what it does in the minority. There was plenty to be said over the battle between the Republican U.S. Senate and President Barack […]

There is a lot to like about Gov. Paul LePage

My first impression of Paul LePage was that he talks way too much. It was the summer of 2010, and the then-mayor of Waterville had run away with the GOP nomination for governor. I had just moved home to Maine, and got roped into bar tending a fundraiser for him. Like every campaign event, the […]

Let’s take the first step this Christmas on corrections reform

It’s a first step. No, not Gov.-elect Janet Mills’ cabinet announcements. Or the budget template that Gov. Paul LePage will leave on the desk upon his departure. Rather, it is the so-called First Step Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation supported by everyone from Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders, George Soros to the Koch network. […]

My Christmas wish: Stop the revisionist history

“Toys are hereby declared illegal, immoral, unlawful, and, anyone found with a toy in his possession will be placed under arrest and thrown in the dungeon!” You might recognize that decree. It comes from Burgermeister Meisterburger in the Christmas special “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.” He is literally the reason why kids cannot have […]