Back in 1997, the Supreme Court decided a president couldn’t claim he was too busy to deal with a civil lawsuit lodged against him for actions a litigant claimed he did before becoming president. In Clinton v Jones, President Bill Clinton tried to put off a sexual harassment case filed by Paula Jones that dated back […]
It’s now close to 100 years since women won the right to vote in 1920. If most women have their way, there will be a woman president in 2020.
All candidates should say where they stand on this perilous transformation of American politics.
If Trump loses Maine’s Second Congressional District, the key bloc will be white women without college degrees. Maine and national politics watchers have wondered if Donald Trump can win this district and force a split in Maine’s electoral votes. Trump has come to the district and plans on another visit. Bernie Sanders recently visited Bangor […]
Competent decision-making requires a clear-eyed look at the facts at hand and a desire to learn from mistakes.
Republican strategist Karl Rove wanted Maine’s electoral votes in 2000 but didn’t get them. A story broke five days before Election Day about George W. Bush’s charge for driving under the influence in Kennebunkport when he was 30. As Rove recounted, campaign polling had Bush ahead in Maine before the news. Winning Maine and several […]
Some high profile Maine Republicans, including state Senator Roger Katz, former U.S. Senator Bill Cohen and current U.S. Senator Susan Collins, have said they will not vote for Donald Trump for president. Of those, Sen. Cohen has said he will be voting for Hillary Clinton. Now an ad is out that features Senator Collins,* along […]
Last week, Donald Trump said he is trying to pivot. For a few days afterwards, Trump talked somewhat differently and appeared to shift his position on immigration, the issue with which he started his campaign. But pivoting highlights Trump’s campaign woes and probably won’t convince people who have already created impressions of him. As political […]
In the most recent ABC/Washington Post poll, only one-third of Americans see Trump as having “the kind of personality and temperament to serve effectively as president.”
Has there ever been a scarier, more authoritarian vision of politics than the one shown at the Republican convention in Cleveland? If so, I can’t remember it. The convention’s first night, dedicated to the theme of Make America Safe Again, promoted the ideas that crime has risen, immigrants are criminals and Clinton and Obama were […]