Tag Archives: Bruce Poliquin

What’s the politics of Poliquin’s vote against repealing Obamacare?

Rep. Bruce Poliquin

I was surprised and pleased that newly elected Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin was one of three Republicans to vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act. Pleased, because while the ACA is imperfect, it is doing real good by lowering the number of people without health coverage while holding down premiums and costing less than initially […]

Ebola anxiety can’t be cured by cutting government

Ebola is a horrific disease that’s become a target of overreaction by frightened people who, like most, do a poor job in judging what’s a real risk. But it’s also an example of how inadequate health programs are dangerous. Even before Ebola came to our shores, government mattered. The lack of any credible public health […]

The 2nd District race, from farce to actual issues

Let’s start with the farce. The race for the 2nd Congressional District has included an ad that’s so over the top you might think it’s a parody. As commentator Michael Cuzzi described it, “The piece employs images of armed, black-clad terrorists marching in formation to make the absurd claim that [Democrat Emily] Cain supports greater […]

What election night comments by Jackson and Raye had in common

Candidate Bruce Poliquin posed with me at the Bangor polling site on primary day, 2014

Democratic Troy Jackson lost his primary against Emily Cain and Republican Kevin Raye lost his against Bruce Poliquin, but their comments had one important thing in common. Bruce Poliquin was on both of their minds, as Jackson endorsed Cain and Raye talked about the meaning of Poliquin’s victory. Here’s what Troy Jackson said: Jackson said […]