Category Archives: Maine Politics

LePage is wrong to say impeachment requires prior court action

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In speaking on WVOM this morning, Gov. LePage talked about a potential impeachment action. After first saying impeachment should go forward “so the truth can get out,” the governor changed his position and tied an impeachment action to court action he’s facing regarding withholding funds to thwart a private organization’s hiring of Speaker of the House […]

There are no magic wands in American politics

As those who celebrate Christmas take down their decorations, some wonder how much longer the children in their lives will believe in Santa Claus. While we all eventually put aside childhood’s mythological figures, a political version may persist for how government works — the magic wand theory of American politics, the idea that some politicians […]

GOP comment to Strimling shows why Legislature must at least censure LePage

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Just this morning, a tweet from the Executive Director of the Maine Republican Party suggested that LearningWorks, a Portland-based service agency recently headed by the city’s new mayor, Ethan Strimling, should watch who it hires. This sort of comment, in light of recent events, raises the possibility that Gov. LePage may try to exert some […]

How a solution to climate change could put money in Mainers’ pockets

Imagine the leaders at the Paris climate change conference ready to dig into a Maine lobster dinner, at tables arrayed with melted butter, crackers for the claws, and bowls for the discards. That repast wouldn’t just be delicious and a public relations coup for our state’s fisheries, but also a concrete sign of what’s at […]

Looks like Lockman is mixed up about talking politics in church

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I’ve written before on Rep. Larry Lockman’s claim that candidate Ben Chin, himself a lay Episcopal minister, is “an anti-Christian bigot.” Now it appears he is mixed up about whether Chin was allowed to talk politics from the pulpit of a church. Rep. Lockman recently talked about this during a radio interview after host Ric Tyler raised the question […]

What happened in Lewiston was more than a game

To win a game by 1-0 is more than close. To get there at the finish, the players, coaches and crowd must have felt the tension all the way through, even as the young men kicked and passed and aimed and blocked. For the Lewiston High School boys, taking the Maine state soccer championship was […]

Maine GOP’s second attack on Chin’s Christianity

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In all the writing on Republican attacks on Ben Chin’s Christian faith, attention has focused on one example in particular. Based on his reading of a blog post put up by the Maine GOP selectively quoting a sermon Ben Chin gave in Lewiston’s Trinity Episcopal Church, Lockman called Chin “an anti-Christian bigot” and said “Chin […]

Religious intolerance of Chin’s Christianity should be a step too far for Maine GOP

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As a proud Jew, it feels a little odd to weigh in on comments about whether someone is a good Christian. As a citizen who loves this country and state, and as a scholar who knows how bias has harmed others and how our Constitution’s very first amendment protects free expression of religion and prohibits […]

Clean Elections’ second big win plus Election Day vote win equals pro-reform Maine

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Mainers delivered a strong win on Clean Elections that’s been getting national coverage. The vote shows the state remains a force for citizen control when it comes to campaigns and the vote. Clean Elections, then and now Question 1 opponents sometimes said that Maine people didn’t support the law anymore, that the public had shifted. […]

After Maine opened on-line charter schools, big national study found major problems

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On-line education has been growing in Maine. Two on-line charter schools (i.e., “virtual academies”) have opened and the University of Maine System has been promoting on-line education, too. However, new reports from CREDO, a well-respected research institute at Stanford University, and two other excellent educational research centers, raise serious questions about the quality of on-line charters. Because […]