Category Archives: Column

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? […]

Liberals pour dark money into Hancock County

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 […]

With no agenda of their own, Democrats’ only plan for Maine is naysaying

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Anne Haskell, D-Portland. BDN photo by Gabor Degre.

This year, we have seen one of the most astonishingly hypocritical campaigns in Maine political history emerge. At the top of the Democratic ticket, Mike Michaud has been running on vague promises to bring people together. This alone would be brazen enough, given his inability to get a single bill passed throughout his tenure in […]

Democrats’ disdain for businesses runs deep

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So far, one of the recurring themes of 2014 has been jobs and the economy. It has been a constant refrain from candidates up and down the ticket, in both parties. As usual, it being an election year, Democrats have been talking like Republicans on the issue. They’re hoping that voters will forget that, when […]

A tide of dishonesty engulfs Maine Democrats

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. BDN photo by Troy Bennett.

In recent days, a wave of dishonesty has washed over Maine Democrats, all over the state. It’s affected a number of races, from the top-tier contests to local legislative races, and has even engulfed their auxiliary groups. Though, to be fair, it shouldn’t really be called a wave: that would imply it was something new. […]

Political focus shifting north

Bruce Poliquin. BDN photo by Brian Feulner

For much of the summer — indeed, almost since the day of the June primaries — the race for Maine’s open 2nd Congressional District has flown under the radar. The attention of the state’s politicos and media have mostly been focused on the gubernatorial race, where the two leading candidates have been locked in a […]

It’s time to stand up and fight taxnesia

BDN OpArt by George Danby.

For the past two years, a curious malady seems to have gripped Maine Democrats. It’s most pronounced in legislators who have served since 2010, but it’s spread to new legislators as well, to varying degrees, and even is appearing in regular Mainers. It’s a form of amnesia – or, perhaps, self-hypnosis – that is remarkably […]

Is Angus’ endorsement a king’s ransom or fool’s gold?

The worst-kept secret of Maine politics is finally out of the bag, as independent U.S. Sen. Angus King waded into the Maine gubernatorial race, endorsing his friend and fellow independent Eliot Cutler. The fact that virtually everybody knew this was coming — not only did King endorse Cutler in 2010, but Cutler returned the favor […]