All posts by Amy Fried

Amy Fried

About Amy Fried

Amy Fried loves Maine's sense of community and the wonderful mix of culture and outdoor recreation. She loves politics in three ways: as an analytical political scientist, a devoted political junkie and a citizen who believes politics matters for people's lives. Fried is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. Her views do not reflect those of her employer or any group to which she belongs.

Expand health coverage to fight Trump’s sabotage

The politics of health care are scary and strange but there are also positive possibilities for broadening coverage. What hurts patients and providers, such as the sabotage of the Affordable Care Act pursued by President Donald Trump, needs to be countered and corrected. Expanding Medicaid is one way to do this. One kind of Trumpian […]

Decision by Collins does not put off war in the Maine GOP

Now that Sen. Susan Collins has announced she will not run for Maine governor, one thing is certain. And that’s that the Maine Republican Party still faces the choice between being the party of Susan Collins and Bill Cohen or the party of Paul LePage and Donald Trump. (Collins worked for Cohen as a legislative […]

Trump’s defensiveness and denial puts America at risk

President Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria has been worse than President George W. Bush’s slow and poorly coordinated reaction to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Neither responded as quickly as they could have but Trump also displays troubling temperamental traits that have plagued his presidency. Rather than taking responsibility, Trump takes criticisms personally as he […]

Everyone benefits from Medicaid expansion

Want healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy economy? With Medicaid expansion, more people will get care that keeps them healthier and saves lives. Expanding Medicaid will also help Maine’s economy. Throughout the United States, health care is a growing economic sector but is especially important in states with aging populations like Maine. Our people […]

Misleading on Medicaid hurts real Maine people

As fall looms in Maine and another election campaign gears up, misinformation about Medicaid is proliferating. Unfortunately, before Maine people decide in November whether to join most states in expanding the program, it will probably get even worse. Promoting alternative facts is a real shame because we deserve an honest debate about a policy that […]

Anti-transparency Poliquin tells donors he ducks questions because he “could lose this seat”

While Rep. Bruce Poliquin doesn’t like to answer reporters’ questions about his positions and doesn’t hold open town hall meetings constituents can attend, he was open to donors at a closed door fundraiser in Bangor. Audio from someone there was given to the Beacon. In the Beacon’s second piece about the fundraiser, Poliquin says that […]

We, as ‘prisoners of hope,’ must fight hate mongering

As a Jew, as an American, I cannot forget the sight of Nazis marching through the streets of Charlottesville. The line of (mostly) men carrying torches, anger in their faces and their voices, cast an ominous glow. They chanted “Jews shall not replace us.” They chanted the Nazi slogan “blood and soil” and carried Nazi […]

Confederates and both Presidents Bush tell Trump that Jefferson is not like Lee

Trump really missed the boat in reacting to the march of Nazis and KKK members in Charlottesville. His remarks were deeply offensive in drawing a moral equivalence between the racist, Anti-Semitic marchers and those who protested against them. And, in a widely derided press conference, Trump commented on the effort to take down Confederate statues […]

How Maine people moved Sen. Collins and stopped Trumpcare

The stories we tell about politics have consequences, shaping how people and groups act in the future. Tales of courageous politicians, however uplifting, can overlook how citizens influenced them. After the dramatic failure of the health care vote in the Senate, attention flowed to the three Republicans who broke with their party — Susan Collins, […]

Follow the rubles and other rules for investigating politicians

If there’s a movie made about the Trump-Russia ties investigation, expect to hear someone whisper, “Follow the rubles.” Substituting “rubles” for “money” updates Watergate’s Deep Throat’s advice to journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, as portrayed in the film “All the President’s Men.” Another investigative rule is to determine who would benefit from improper financial […]