Maine has the chance to lead on gun rights

About 150 people turn out for a rally organized by the Maine Gun Rights Coalition in March 2013 in Wiscasset.  BDN photo by Christopher Cousins.

In the coming days, as many Mainers scramble to finalize their tax returns, the Legislature will begin debating what has already become one of the most bipartisan bills of the session. Sponsored by freshman Republican Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn, this legislation seeks to bring constitutional carry (already the law in Vermont) to Maine. Currently, […]

2016: The year when confidence in America is restored?

It is becoming increasingly clear that people are losing confidence in this country. They’re losing confidence in our government to solve our problems here at home. They’re losing confidence in both political parties’ ability to lead. They’re losing confidence in our ability to lead the world, as the globe’s lone remaining superpower. This decreasing confidence […]

Time for a real budget discussion in Augusta, please

The State House in Augusta in December 2014. BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett.

It’s that time of the year again. The snow has stopped falling (at least momentarily), baseball is fast approaching, and winter is melting away. Mud is overtaking the state, reminding us yet again, as it does every year, that at times it can be more slippery than ice — and always dirtier. In Augusta this […]

Cain’s announcement reveals the emptiness of her rhetoric on bipartisanship

Emily Cain's election night headquarters on Nov. 4, 2014. BDN photo by Ashley L. Conti.

Earlier this week, when I saw the news that former congressional candidate Emily Cain would again be running in Maine’s 2nd District, I had to do a double take. It wasn’t that Cain’s second run was such a galloping shock; indeed, it was pretty much a given. What I had to check was the calendar, […]

Keystone veto reveals hollowness of Obama’s jobs rhetoric

Veto supporters rally in front of the White House on Tuesday, the day President Barack Obama vetoed a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Reuters photo by Larry Downing.

We have often heard Democrats — both in Maine and nationally — try to claim the mantle of job creation away from the GOP. They cast themselves as technocrats, only interested in doing what’s best for the economy without regard for their ideological agendas. They’ve adopted these talking points from Republicans in an attempt to […]

Muddled 2016 field offers opportunities to Republicans

Supporters of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney cheer at a campaign event in Stratham, New Hampshire, in 2012. Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/MCT.

In the past, Republican presidential primaries have been fairly orderly, especially in contrast to the Democrats’. GOP nomination fights have frequently come down to the “insider” candidate versus the “outsider” candidate. Sometimes the insider choice was more conservative (see, for example, Bush vs. McCain in 2000); other times they were seen as more moderate (see […]

To win a battle of ideas, GOP must enter contest

Bruce Poliquin. BDN photo by Brian Feulner

Freshman Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin has quickly learned the perils of public office in his new job, catching heat for two of his very first votes on the House floor. Ironically — or hypocritically — enough, those criticizing his votes did so based on the exact opposite justification, changing their concern to fit the particular […]

Have we forgotten the Seahawks’ checkered relationship with ethics?

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. USA TODAY Sports photo by Joe Nicholson.

It’s been a rough week to be a New England Patriots fan. The day after handily defeating the Indianapolis Colts, when they should have been celebrating the team’s thunderous win in the AFC Championship game, fans instead instantly found themselves on defense thanks to a few deflated footballs. Instantly, the legions of bitter Patriots haters […]

Obama offers campaign planks, not solutions

Abaca Press photo by Olivier Douliery.

In his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, President Obama attempted to invoke the unity theme of his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech and 2008 presidential campaign. However, on Tuesday — as in the past — this hyperbole was not reality-based, but was soaring rhetoric designed to win enough support to […]