Category Archives: Column

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 […]

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. […]