The real reason behind Obama’s immigration action

At first glance, President Obama’s announcement on Thursday that he intends to usurp the authority of the United States Congress on immigration reform seems counter-intuitive. Though immigration reform has been a top goal on the left for years, this is not the way to go about it. While it might please immigration activists, Obama’s taking […]

Immediate rebounds are just as rare in the Maine House as they are for the Red Sox

Maine House Republican Leader Ken Fredette. BDN photo by Gabor Degre.

If you’re a fellow conservative reading this column, you’ve likely spent much of the past week celebrating our victories, and rightly so. 2014 was an excellent year for the Maine Republican Party, not only in terms of who won and who lost, but in the details. The margin by which U.S. Rep.-elect Bruce Poliquin and […]

The truth about Tuesday

It’s been less than 48 hours since the polls closed, and already a conventional wisdom is forming about the results that deserves some deep examination. Neither successful Republicans nor disappointed Democrats should leap to the easy conclusions about Tuesday — this would lead to both making mistaken assumptions about their future course. The first picture emerging […]

LePage handles Ebola situation perfectly

In the past few days, we have seen an excellent example of Governor Paul LePage’s strong leadership in action as he’s handled the Ebola situation (no, it’s not a crisis) perfectly. At first, I was completely sympathetic with nurse Kaci Hickox. Her decision to go to West Africa and treat Ebola patients was not only above […]

On Tuesday, vote for real leadership

A controversial, reform-minded Republican governor who’d received national attention running for reelection. A congressman, a pillar of the Democratic establishment who’d been in various offices for decades, running against him. An independent who couldn’t win, but who could nevertheless get enough votes to affect the outcome. The year? 1990. The governor? John McKernan. The challenger? […]

New poll gives LePage solid lead, destroys spoiler myth

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If they didn’t see it last night when it was first posted, Democrats woke up to some bad news this morning: The new nonpartisan Portland Press Herald/UNH poll gave incumbent Paul LePage a 10-point lead over Congressman Mike Michaud in the race for Governor, 45-35-16. The results are bad news for Michaud on a number of levels. First […]

Maine Education Association Caught Lying In New Mailer

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The Maine Education Association, the largest teachers’ union in the state, recently sent out this mailer against Republican Jonathan Moynahan in House District 2, challenging Democratic incumbent Roberta Beavers. A similar cookie-cutter mailer was sent out in other districts. The text proclaims that “Moynahan will side with Governor LePage” on certain issues, citing his Ballotpedia page […]

Liberals pour dark money into Hancock County

State Sen. Brian Langley, R-Ellsworth. BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett.

As we have seen already this year, the moral dedication of liberals to campaign finance reform has a flimsy foundation. Though they’re eager to espouse its virtues, they know it has little chance of passing. As with so many other nominal positions, it’s a low-risk, high-reward stance to take, since they can shore up their […]