Category Archives: Maine Politics

You probably never heard of this Democratic delegate selection rule but it matters


If you’re following the presidential nomination contests, you very well might know these things about the delegate selection process: Only Democrats have superdelegates. Republicans do not. Democrats’ superdelegates have never decided who is the nominee. Since their creation, the nominee has been the person who won the most pledged delegates (i.e., those awarded via primaries […]

Is it time to ditch Maine’s presidential caucuses?

Last weekend Maine saw yuuuge turnout in the Republican and Democratic presidential caucuses — a yuuuge turnout for caucuses, that is. Sen. Ted Cruz scored a surprise win, as he beat Gov. Paul LePage’s preferred candidate, Donald Trump. With his very strong showing, Sen. Bernie Sanders added to his wins in mostly white states. This […]

Who do pundits think will win the Maine caucuses?


Before anyone shows up to caucus this weekend in Maine, pundits will have made their predictions. There hasn’t been any recent public polling, so they’re using all sorts of evidence and their judgment. As always, it’s up to the people who show up who determine what really happens. But what do pundits think and why? […]

What’s wrong with Sanders’ single payer plan and health care politics?

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Like 2008, health care is now an important issue in the Democratic nomination fight. Back then Clinton and Obama both wanted Affordable Care Act-like policies, although they differed on whether there should be an individual mandate. This year, Senator Bernie Sanders is promoting a single payer plan and his campaign is criticizing Hillary Clinton for […]

LePage should note what Bill Clinton did with his impeachment time State of the Union Address


Gov. Paul LePage told a radio station that he might not give a State of the State Address in person — and that’s because the Legislature might be in the middle of impeaching him. LePage said: I don’t know. It’s going to be some time but it’s probably going to go back to the 1800s […]

LePage’s racist remarks make it harder to solve Maine’s most pressing problem

When Gov. Paul LePage made comments last week that caused a national uproar, he was sincerely addressing Maine’s grave problems with heroin addiction and deaths. But sincerity is not enough. When combined with defensiveness, it’s counterproductive. The governor has a tendency to portray himself as the only one who cares and has the right answers. […]

LePage is wrong to say impeachment requires prior court action

Gov. Paul LePage. Mario Moretto | BDN

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 […]