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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In (finally) telling Maine people his position on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Rep. Bruce Poliquin claimed, “This affects only the 7 percent of Maine residents who have Obamacare policies.” Now, 7% is a lot of people. It’s about one in thirteen people, over 80,000 Mainers. But even more, Poliquin’s figure is utterly incorrect. […]
Democracies run on some basic principles. One is that politicians tell citizens where they stand on proposed laws. But of Maine’s four federal legislators, Rep. Bruce Poliquin stands out for avoiding taking positions. Compared to the other three and Gov. Paul LePage, Poliquin is the least candid about controversies. Poliquin’s surreptitious tendencies are seen with […]
Republicans’ favored policies have been floated for a long time and would lead to inferior coverage for those who still have it.
All candidates should say where they stand on this perilous transformation of American politics.
This whole column could be filled with the names of reliable Republicans who won’t vote for Trump, but Susan Collins and Bruce Poliquin are not on that list.