Tag Archives: Bruce Poliquin

There is nothing populist about the GOP tax plan

I don’t know the best word for a tax plan that preserves tax breaks for owners of golf courses, while taking them away for medical expenses, adoptions and students, but it isn’t “populist.” Like this year’s health bills, which would have slashed Medicaid while cutting taxes for the wealthy, the GOP tax plan does the […]

Decision by Collins does not put off war in the Maine GOP

Now that Sen. Susan Collins has announced she will not run for Maine governor, one thing is certain. And that’s that the Maine Republican Party still faces the choice between being the party of Susan Collins and Bill Cohen or the party of Paul LePage and Donald Trump. (Collins worked for Cohen as a legislative […]

Trump’s defensiveness and denial puts America at risk

President Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria has been worse than President George W. Bush’s slow and poorly coordinated reaction to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Neither responded as quickly as they could have but Trump also displays troubling temperamental traits that have plagued his presidency. Rather than taking responsibility, Trump takes criticisms personally as he […]

Misleading on Medicaid hurts real Maine people

As fall looms in Maine and another election campaign gears up, misinformation about Medicaid is proliferating. Unfortunately, before Maine people decide in November whether to join most states in expanding the program, it will probably get even worse. Promoting alternative facts is a real shame because we deserve an honest debate about a policy that […]

Anti-transparency Poliquin tells donors he ducks questions because he “could lose this seat”

While Rep. Bruce Poliquin doesn’t like to answer reporters’ questions about his positions and doesn’t hold open town hall meetings constituents can attend, he was open to donors at a closed door fundraiser in Bangor. Audio from someone there was given to the Beacon. In the Beacon’s second piece about the fundraiser, Poliquin says that […]

How Maine people moved Sen. Collins and stopped Trumpcare

The stories we tell about politics have consequences, shaping how people and groups act in the future. Tales of courageous politicians, however uplifting, can overlook how citizens influenced them. After the dramatic failure of the health care vote in the Senate, attention flowed to the three Republicans who broke with their party — Susan Collins, […]

How the public, bad process and a disengaged president killed Trumpcare

Trumpcare seems to be dead, but what killed it? Three dynamics mattered, including President Trump himself. First, the public strongly opposed all versions of Trumpcare and vocally said so. Every poll showed that the House and Senate versions of Trumpcare were deeply unpopular. As time went on, Obamacare got more popular and tended to poll […]

Why House and Senate Republicans hide Trumpcare bill

Clergy and counselors sometimes have to keep secrets. But in politics, what you don’t know can hurt you. When it comes to crucial public policy, there is no excuse for hiding who a bill affects and what it costs, particularly when the stakes range from bankruptcy to untreated illnesses and deaths. This makes the prospect […]

How President Trump is undermining our security

Like a bowling pin that hits the others and causes them to wobble or fall, President Donald Trump is hammering arrangements that have benefited our security. These involve both international security and the security Americans have grown to expect from our systems of social insurance. Trump’s damaging foreign trip ended just before Memorial Day in […]

What Bruce Poliquin’s ear buds tell us about American politics

By now, the story of Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s dash into a bathroom and reemergence with ear buds has become the subject of mocking humor, with editorial cartoons depicting the congressman hiding out to avoid reporters. But Poliquin’s actions go beyond political comedy, absurdity or timidity. Poliquin’s ear-budded refusal to divulge his position on Trumpcare until […]