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.

Fake news is dangerous to our health

There’s a new tone to our politics coming from calling accurate, but unfavorable, reporting fake news and creating partisan fake news outlets.   We’ve seen it in national politics as President Donald Trump rails against the media for reporting on everything from the Russia probe to his policies and even his own words. In Maine, […]

Women’s political energy outmatches Trump team

Last weekend’s converging storylines seemed almost cinematic. Just after the federal government shut down, huge protests took place across the country. These dual developments suggest where American politics is going. Grassroots energy, much of it coming from women, far outmatches the chaos in Washington, D.C. and the confusion and lassitude of the Trump administration. One […]

How Mueller matters in 2018

There’s never been a presidency as chaotic as Donald Trump’s. Although relatively little has happened on the legislative front, there’s been a seemingly endless stream of tweets and tell-all leaks. With all the distracting minutia, it can be hard to keep sight of the big picture. One major stream that sometimes gets pushed into the […]

Bad policy, unpopular president will help Democrats win in 2018

After Republicans pursued a series of seriously unpopular bills, Democrats are poised to make large gains. The tax law is among the most unpopular in the history of polling because it increases wealth inequality and conflicts with people’s desire for a fairer tax system. Instead of passing a better crafted, more popular, deficit-neutral tax bill, […]

Why Republican tax cuts aren’t what Americans want

What today’s Republicans have done is astonishing in the long history of taxes. They’ve sparked a tax revolt against a policy that, overall, cuts taxes. That’s because of the way politicians have acted and what the tax plan does. With no emergency, the Senate hurriedly and sloppily took up a complicated policy affecting our entire […]

Tax bill includes stinky stuff still being uncovered. Collins voted against time to find it beforehand.

Sen. Susan Collins always advocated knowing about legislation before voting. Then came the swampish tax bill. I’ve agreed with Sen. Collins on some issues and disagreed on others. But rather consistently, she’s deserved respect for advocating the use of evidence and good processes for legislation. That wasn’t her approach with the tax bill. The Senate, […]

GOP tax plans make the American dream harder to achieve

As an educator who is the daughter of educators, it’s painful to see how GOP tax plans would hurt students’ quest for the American dream. What Americans have long wanted is a system that enables them to do well based on their talents, skills and hard work. Achieving the American dream means having choices about […]

There is nothing populist about the GOP tax plan

I don’t know the best word for a tax plan that preserves tax breaks for owners of golf courses, while taking them away for medical expenses, adoptions and students, but it isn’t “populist.” Like this year’s health bills, which would have slashed Medicaid while cutting taxes for the wealthy, the GOP tax plan does the […]