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It’s time to stand up and fight taxnesia

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 […]

LePage’s stance on NFL could save lives. Who will join him?

In an unusual move for him, Gov. Paul LePage recently used the bully pulpit of his office to weigh in on a situation that didn’t directly fall under his job responsibilities: the National Football League’s light response to one of its players being arrested for assaulting his now-wife. For those who might be unfamiliar with the situation, […]

Democrats, Republicans prove Eliot Cutler is a real independent

The recent revelation that Democrats attempted to recruit Eliot Cutler as their 2014 gubernatorial candidate should come as no surprise, even after they ran one of the nastiest campaigns in Maine political history against him. After all, after attacking him constantly in 2010 the Democrats’ tactic in 2014 has been to suggest that he ought […]

Crafts, Sanderson and other Republicans win reelection

You likely didn’t notice, but yesterday Republican Representatives Dale Crafts of Lisbon, Deb Sanderson of Chelsea, Stacy Guerin of Glenburn, Carol McElwee of Caribou, and Beth Turner of Burlington all won reelection, long before November. In addition, newcomers Paul Sterns and Sheldon Hanington clinched their seats in the Legislature without a vote being cast. How […]

Michaud ducks decision on immigration issue

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin. BDN photo by Troy Bennett.

Recently, a new crisis with the potential to threaten national security has arisen. This time, it’s not in Israel, Syria, Ukraine, or Iraq, but in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The recent flood of illegal immigrants across our border with Mexico has a destabilizing effect in this country, on our economy as well as […]

Michaud intern crosses the line with crude, sexist remarks

Ben Gagnon is second from right on the top.

On Tuesday, Ben Gagnon, an outspoken Michaud for Governor intern, posted on Twitter a collage of several of his past Tweets with the words “BREAKING NEWS: Sometimes I tweet things that some may find inappropriate.” The tweets were appalling, especially for a 21-year-old looking to start a career in politics.  They ran the gamut from sexist […]