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It’s time for Clinton to revise her enemies list

Hillary Clinton during the Democratic presidential debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Rodney White | The Des Moines Register via USA Today Sports

During the first Democratic presidential debate, moderator Anderson Cooper asked the candidates which enemy were they most proud of having. This was a fascinating question (and one that should be asked of the Republicans as well), though it elicited fairly predictable responses: The coal lobby, the National Rifle Association and “Wall Street and the pharmaceutical […]

Tuesday’s takeaway? Division isn’t doom for Maine Republicans

Gov. Paul LePage and Senate President Michael Thibodeau at LePage's inauguration in January. The two Republicans have been at odds for much of the past year. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Tuesday was supposed to be a bad night for Maine Republicans. After all, the political news in Maine had, for months, been dominated by Republican Party infighting. Gov. Paul LePage had been sniping at legislators in both parties; the Legislature had, in turn, been investigating him for what they perceived as wrongdoing. All of this […]

How the Republican National Committee screwed up the 2016 primaries

A technician works at a podium in preparation for Wednesday's Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado. Rick Wilking | Reuters

Here’s one thing that was remarkable about Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado: It was just the third debate. By this point in the 2008 cycle, there had already been 12; at the same point in 2011, there had already been eight. Thus, in the 2016 cycle the public has had less chance […]

Clean Elections: worse than ‘welfare for politicians’

Voters cast their votes in Bangor in November 2014. Brian Feulner | BDN

There are many problems with Maine’s Clean Elections system as it is currently constituted, but rather than address these fundamental flaws, we are being presented this fall with the option to increase funding for the program. As usual, liberals propose an increase in funding instead of reforming or eliminating a failing program. Of course, they […]

Regardless of party, Mainers believe in the Second Amendment

Photo by Jeff Sainlar | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via Tribune News Service

Throughout the debate over gun laws in Maine it’s worth remembering that, although every death due to violence is a tragedy, statistically Maine does not have a gun violence problem. Only six states have fewer gun murders per capita than Maine, and one of them is Vermont — the first state to implement what is […]

The most terrifying words: ‘I’m from the government, here to help Donald Trump’

Politics — especially in the United States — is often portrayed as a battle between those who want big government to solve all problems and those who believe big government is the problem. In this simple equation, the Democrats are the party of big government “solutions” while Republicans fight against growing government — and it’s […]

Conservatives need a victory next year, not infighting

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and House Speaker John Boehner at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.  Jonathan Ernest | Reuters

The sudden resignation of John Boehner as speaker of the House was a shocking downfall for a man who seemed to have a sure grip on his position. After all, under Boehner’s leadership, House Republicans expanded their majority to their largest since World War II, which included electing a Republican to the House from Maine […]

In 2016, experience should matter, lest we get another Obama

GOP presidential candidates at second official debate on Sept. 16: From left, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina. Reuters | Lucy Nicholson

The biggest surprise of the 2016 presidential election cycle so far has not been the rise of Donald Trump specifically, but rather the rise in general of less experienced candidates and the implosion of far more experienced candidates. Already, two well-established governors — Rick Perry of Texas and Scott Walker of Wisconsin — have left […]

Scott Walker Ends His Campaign

Today, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced he would end his presidential campaign. Given his previous position in the polls, Governor Walker’s decision to end his campaign this early is a shocking one. His collapse may well be one of the most epic of any presidential candidate in recent history. When he announced his candidacy, Walker was considered one […]

The real question is, what did Clinton hide?

Hillary Clinton speaks at the Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington on Sept. 13. Reuters | Yuri Gripas

Throughout the endless saga surrounding Hillary Clinton’s emails, a good deal of the discussion has surrounded what many members of the public likely consider bureaucratic minutiae. Debate has focused ad nauseam on topics such as exactly how her email server was set up (was it in a basement?), whether she had to have intent in […]

Iran debate shows dwindling respect for principled opposition

Sen. Susan Collins speaks with reporters in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday after announcing she would vote to disapprove the Iran nuclear deal. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

Recently, a disturbing trend in American politics has become stunningly clear: the inability of many on the left to show any kind of respect for those with whom they disagree. It is not just that they have a tendency to vociferously defend their position; that would be fine. It is that they seem to question […]

How the GOP can show it’s the party of opportunity

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, gives his stump speech to supporters on Tuesday in Freeport. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

With the Republican presidential field — or two candidates, at least — touching down in Maine this week, it’s worth taking a moment to re-examine the difference between the two major parties, and what it really means to be a Republican. A central problem the GOP has faced on both a national basis and, all […]

Coming next fall, a referendum to abridge your rights

Michael Bloomberg speaks during the Sohn Investment Conference in New York in May. Brendan McDermid | Reuters

Although they decided to forgo a people’s veto of constitutional carry, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his legion of minions have not yet given up on Maine. Rather than attempting to override legislation passed in an overwhelmingly bipartisan manner, Bloomberg’s followers have vowed to bring a referendum on so-called universal background checks […]