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 […]

How Kennedy and Reagan answered Christmas fears and hopes

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Is Santa safe? How is the United States seen around the world? Presidents speak to citizens and the country about a lot of things, big and small. Sometimes these encompass Christmas and people’s hopes and fears. Over 50 years ago, President Kennedy responded to a little girl who fretted about Santa at the North Pole, […]

Why the Republican establishment is freaking out

After four months of Donald Trump leading Republican primary polls, 20 Republican leaders gathered over dinner last week to talk about an astonishing option for their national convention. According to The Washington Post, “several longtime Republican power brokers argued that if the controversial billionaire storms through the primaries, the party’s establishment must lay the groundwork […]

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 […]