With all the hubbub around budgets and shutdowns, we missed an important story. A few weeks back, a prominent Maine politician got thumped by our nation’s highest court. No, not Paul LePage. Or Janet Mills. Or Angus King. His name? James G. Blaine. For those who may not have delved deeply into Maine political history, […]
Well, the Miss USA pageant has done it again. There hasn’t been this much controversy about a pick since Donald Trump owned the organization. Last Sunday evening — Mother’s Day! — saw Kara McCullough win the title of “Miss USA.” A black woman, she was born in Italy, where her father was stationed with the […]
You know what would make policymaking much easier? Repealing the law of unintended consequences. For example, the proponents of last year’s Question 2 — the bill which hiked Maine’s top tax rate to one of the highest in the country at over 10 percent — advertised it would raise an additional $157 million for education. […]
At the end of March, there were 20,976 unemployed people in our state. Want to guess the last time we saw that few Mainers looking for work? February. Of 1989. That was during the tenure of Maine’s last GOP governor, Jock McKernan. The corollary to that is true as well. March saw 679,638 employed individuals […]
Extra-constitutional protections, like the filibuster in the Senate or decreeing referendum questions un-amendable, needn’t be part of our system.
Who said “[w]e should have a government-run health program!”? Bernie Sanders or Paul LePage?
Washington borrowed over $1,800 for every American man, woman, and child to pay for its profligate spending. In a single year.
Now, each party has sunk one Supreme Court nominee on grounds other than qualification. Let’s be done with it, and put “well qualified” nominees on the court.