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.

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 […]

How the public, bad process and a disengaged president killed Trumpcare

Trumpcare seems to be dead, but what killed it? Three dynamics mattered, including President Trump himself. First, the public strongly opposed all versions of Trumpcare and vocally said so. Every poll showed that the House and Senate versions of Trumpcare were deeply unpopular. As time went on, Obamacare got more popular and tended to poll […]

Problems with Trumpcare start with its meanness

Given that he celebrated with House Republicans in the White House Rose Garden after they passed Trumpcare, it was rather odd when President Donald Trump recently told a Fox News interviewer that the bill was “mean.” Trump was contradictory, but correct. There is meanness in what Trumpcare would do to people’s health but it will […]

The health care chart you need to read to understand Trumpcare’s damage

Now that the Senate version of Trumpcare, we see that one of its central elements is the slashing of Medicaid, a program that 74% of Americans see favorably. In the House version, which Rep. Bruce Poliquin voted for, 14 million of the 23 million losing coverage were people receiving Medicaid. The dollars in the 25% […]