All posts by Amy Fried

Amy Fried

About Amy Fried

Amy Fried loves Maine's sense of community and the wonderful mix of culture and outdoor recreation. She loves politics in three ways: as an analytical political scientist, a devoted political junkie and a citizen who believes politics matters for people's lives. Fried is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. Her views do not reflect those of her employer or any group to which she belongs.

Will Republicans in Congress ever check Trump?

From the 2016 Republican primary fight to today, Republican leaders have avoided confronting a man whose view of government, character and temperament are decidedly not conservative. That man is Donald Trump. While running for the nomination, Trump went after the GOP establishment, insulting in especially personal and nasty terms Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted […]

The Trump-Ukraine shakedown is like Iran-Contra, only worse

Every scandal is terrible in its own way. The Trump-Ukraine shakedown bears the greatest resemblance to the late 1980s set of events known as the Iran-Contra affair, but it’s far worse. Both episodes involved partially privatizing our nation’s foreign policy. Iran-Contra included a sleazy arms dealer and wealthy individuals who worked with the Reagan administration […]

How McConnell, Kavanaugh and Trump affect Susan Collins

Despite her past big wins, if Sen. Susan Collins runs for reelection, she won’t really be running on her own. Instead Mainers will judge Collins in part by her links to three powerful men.  One she voted to lead her party in the Senate. Another she voted to put on the Supreme Court. And the […]

How labor unions save lives

Labor unions didn’t just bring us Labor Day weekend but all weekends and, responding to tragedies, they organized for safer workplaces.  In the early 20th century, workers died horribly in factories, mines and steel mills from badly designed machines and unsafe conditions.  The sewing machines and cutting tables of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company were located […]

Conspiracy and the Republican Party

With a political career built on fear and bizarre tales, Donald Trump squeaked through an Electoral College victory. As a candidate and president, Trump embraced conspiracy theories and often linked to racist and xenophobic statements. Now this rhetoric echoes through American politics, spoken in some form by people as varied as hateful murderers to establishment […]

Recovering what Trump has damaged will be an enormous task

Donald Trump has taken a sledgehammer to science and the core values of our republic. In 2016, Trump ran a political campaign proclaiming the United States was a mess and he alone could fix it, but he has damaged the ingredients of American greatness that prevailed in the post-war era.  After World War II, the […]

Want to hold the powerful accountable? Support journalism.

The rich and well connected have great power and, given human nature, may use their power to help themselves and hurt others.  Journalism isn’t the only way to hold accountable rich people and powerful organizations, but it’s an essential one. Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were only in their twenties when they […]