Category Archives: National

As white working women voters go, so goes Maine’s Second Congressional district?

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If Trump loses Maine’s Second Congressional District, the key bloc will be white women without college degrees. Maine and national politics watchers have wondered if Donald Trump can win this district and force a split in Maine’s electoral votes. Trump has come to the district and plans on another visit. Bernie Sanders recently visited Bangor […]

Johnson and Stein cannot win, but they can help Trump win

Republican strategist Karl Rove wanted Maine’s electoral votes in 2000 but didn’t get them. A story broke five days before Election Day about George W. Bush’s charge for driving under the influence in Kennebunkport when he was 30. As Rove recounted, campaign polling had Bush ahead in Maine before the news. Winning Maine and several […]

Susan Collins featured in ad of Republicans criticizing Trump

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Some high profile Maine Republicans, including state Senator Roger Katz, former U.S. Senator Bill Cohen and current U.S. Senator Susan Collins, have said they will not vote for Donald Trump for president. Of those, Sen. Cohen has said he will be voting for Hillary Clinton. Now an ad is out that features Senator Collins,* along […]

Why Trump’s pivot will fail

Last week, Donald Trump said he is trying to pivot. For a few days afterwards, Trump talked somewhat differently and appeared to shift his position on immigration, the issue with which he started his campaign. But pivoting highlights Trump’s campaign woes and probably won’t convince people who have already created impressions of him. As political […]

Clinton speech wasn’t rhetorically brilliant. That made it work.

Hillary Clinton at a forum in Denmark, South Carolina on Feb. 12. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

Hillary Clinton is a policy wonk who, whether as an elected official or not, has been in the arena for decades, Her speech wasn’t rhetorically strong like the ones given by the Obamas, Bill Clinton, Cory Booker and some others. But it was a speech that was authentically Hillary Clinton. Yesterday I mentioned three themes […]

Closing an incredible convention, Clinton can tap profound moments of her life and campaign

Hillary Clinton at a forum in Denmark, South Carolina on Feb. 12. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

What a Democratic convention it’s been, full of optimism and remarkable rhetoric. Sure, there are still some Sanders delegates who haven’t moved toward Clinton and maybe never will, but they are a small portion overall. Unity was promoted by the very process of being in the hall together and hearing popular figures like the Obamas, […]