Much more than choice at risk with Kavanaugh nomination

With Donald Trump having nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat, the eyes of Maine and the nation are on Sen. Susan Collins, who has long stated she, like most Mainers, is pro-choice. But as Maine voters look to November and beyond, every issue and every elective office matters.   When it comes […]

Trump obliterates Reagan’s vision of America

When I was traveling during the 2016 primary season, one person whose Airbnb I was staying in told me her neighbor was voting for Donald Trump because “he just wants to break things.” Actually the word wasn’t really “things.” You can use your imagination. Two-plus years later, what Trump has damaged is our national creed, […]

Susan Collins opposes bill focused on stopping taking children from asylum seekers

What is the position of Sen. Susan Collins regarding the Trump administration’s policy on taking children from asylum seekers? The Collins position is that she doesn’t like what’s happening but she doesn’t support the focused bill, written by Sen. Feinstein, which would stop it. (See text here). Outside of Maine, the media gets that. Here, […]

Poliquin challenger must stand up for Maine people

This week or soon after, we’ll know who Democratic voters in Maine’s Second Congressional District selected to take on US Rep. Bruce Poliquin. With the nomination fight in the rear view mirror, it will be time for a reality check. Whoever goes up against Poliquin faces the tough challenge of running against a very, very […]

My husband’s near-death experience shows why access to heath care in essential 

Last year my husband almost died. He had blood clots in a leg that lodged in both of his lungs. That limited his air flow and put stress on his heart. The doctors and nurses in the emergency room said he was lucky he came in and that he probably would have been dead if […]

To escape the swamp, look to candidates who have served

President Donald Trump’s 2016 promise to drain the swamp seems like a sick joke. Instead, we’re now mired in a deepening swamp. Given Trump’s history of business fraud, the administration’s swampishness was predictable, but its record is still astonishingly unethical. Trump gave more ethics waivers to lobbyists to work in his administration in his first […]

Missing the integrity of Bill Cohen

When Bill Cohen watches the still-emerging scandals of the Trump campaign and administration, I wonder if he thinks of something Mark Twain supposedly said: “History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.” Cohen became a senator and then secretary of defense. But at age 33, he found himself thrust into history as a first-term member […]

Susan Collins wasn’t duped on tax bill

After being applauded last summer for voting against repealing the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Susan Collins supported the Republican tax cut bill despite Congress not adopting health policy provisions she said were necessary to win her vote. In November 2017, Collins said her support for the tax bill depended on passage of two provisions, on […]

Is a blue wave headed toward Maine’s 2nd Congressional District?

When Democrat Conor Lamb, a thirty-something Marine and attorney, narrowly won a special election last week in Pennsylvania, people around the country took notice. Lamb’s life story was compelling and he ran a campaign discussing kitchen table issues. He pledged to work across the aisle while taking a stand against the priorities of the Republican […]