Category Archives: Column

Michaud, Pingree vote for Pelosi’s shutdown

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

You may have heard that, late last week — and, as usual, at the last possible minute — the U.S. Congress passed a mechanism to continue funding most of the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year. Structured as a continuing resolution, this omnibus spending bill was quickly dubbed the […]

Maine needs more than education reform. It needs an education revolution

Students board the bus after school in September at Vine Street School in Bangor. BDN photo by Ashley L. Conti.

In recent years, a sad trend has come to emerge with education reform in Maine: A governor proposes a single reform, it gets watered down by a risk-averse Legislature at the behest of special interests, and then the issue is ignored until the next idea is introduced. Once policies are passed, there’s relatively little future […]

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 […]

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

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 […]