LePage vetoes his own nominees, says he has no clue about budget

BDN photo by Gabor Degre

This week it continues to appear that Gov. LePage is uninterested in normal governance. After acknowledging last week that he hasn’t gotten much done in the Maine Legislature, the governor, in effect, vetoed his own nominees by withdrawing them from consideration. You’d think Gov. LePage would want to fill empty slots of boards and commissions. […]

Is Gov. LePage making himself a lame duck?

Five months after beginning his second term, Gov. Paul LePage seems frustrated by the constitutional limits of his office. In a press conference reminiscent of the poetry of Dylan Thomas — “Rage, rage, against the dying of the light” — the governor identified the objects of his frustration. Some individuals were named. The governor said […]

LePage rant got it really wrong on Kansas

Figure 1: Log coincident indices for Minnesota (blue), Wisconsin (red), California (green), Kansas (teal), and the US (black), normalized to 2011M01=0. ALEC-Laffer Rich States, Poor States, 2014 rankings in brackets. Source: Philadelphia Fed (April release), RSPS 2014, and author Menzie Chinn's calculations.

An angered Gov. LePage, in a press conference last Friday, claimed that critics had it wrong on income taxes and Kansas. He said it simply wasn’t true that Kansas was having trouble and, in fact, Kansas was experiencing the fastest economic growth. Thing is, it was the governor who got it wrong. Here’s a graph […]

Olympia Snowe clearly states a barefaced truth about Obamacare

Olympia Snowe. Photo credit: Troy R. Bennett l BDN

As court watchers wait for the Supreme Court to issue its ruling on King vs. Burwell, the Obamacare subsidies case, former Sen. Olympia Snowe has done us all a big favor by honestly and directly stating an obvious reality about the development of the law. The plaintiffs in the case claim that Congress didn’t want […]

One waitress and the coming pitched battle for women’s votes

When candidates speak and elected officials craft policies, they should remember Judy, a waitress and housekeeper who played a bit role in a Washington, D.C., drama. In September 2013, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took to the Senate floor to rail against the Affordable Care Act. Republicans later shut down the federal government, although Cruz did […]

Could LePage have prevented a Republican split on taxes?

Gov. Christie and Gov. LePage at Christie's third Maine visit for LePage's reelection. Photo credit: Russ Dillingham | Sun Journal

And now there are three. Gov. LePage put out and has been touting his tax plan across Maine. Democrats then presented their “Better Deal” plan. Republicans in the Appropriations Committee now have another version. Certain key elements of the GOP plan are described in an article by Scott Thistle, and involve differences in income tax […]

Three stark, politically critical dynastic differences between Jeb and Hillary

Data from CBS/New York Times Poll, April 30-March 3, 2015

The 2016 Clinton and Bush presidential candidates have families in the business, but that background helps one and hurts the other. Some complain a possible Hillary Clinton-Jeb Bush match-up would repeat two families too much, even calling this a clash of dynasties. Others see this background positively, in that the 2016 would have a greater […]

Dirty tricks in Christie’s administration and divisiveness from LePage

There was a time, not so very long ago, when Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was a frequent visitor to Maine and a top-tier presidential candidate. Within his state, Christie’s job approval has slipped to 35 percent. New Jersey’s bond rating has been downgraded nine times. Nationally and in New Jersey, Christie’s star has […]