Category Archives: Maine Politics

As white working women voters go, so goes Maine’s Second Congressional district?

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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 […]

Johnson and Stein cannot win, but they can help Trump win

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 […]

Susan Collins featured in ad of Republicans criticizing Trump

Sen. Susan Collins

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 […]

As Trump arrives in Bangor, more Republicans step away

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons)

Donald Trump’s trip to Bangor comes at a time when many in his own party have distanced themselves from him. This is a national phenomenon. Trump is so toxic that Republicans are deciding not to go to the Republican National Convention and turning down speaking roles. Funding for the convention is low because sponsors don’t […]

Film Clinton showed at victory party included Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith

Presidential candidate Margaret Chase Smith arrives at Cow Palace in San Francisco for the National Republican Convention. 
Maine Memory Network. Picture contributed by the Margaret Chase Smith Library

On the evening of the last big set of Tuesday primaries, when Clinton won the the majority of delegates awarded by voters and caucus goers, a Maine Republican made a brief appearance. Hillary Clinton marked the historic nature of her candidacy as the first woman to be the presumptive nominee of a major political party. […]

Why the GOP schism matters more than the Democratic divide

Are both parties divided? Well, to some extent, sure. Protestors in California shouted at Hillary Clinton and her supporters and your social media feed may be full of angry claims from some who so Feel the Bern that they don’t ever want to vote for Clinton. Meanwhile, the only living former Republican presidents announced they won’t […]

Why Maine Democrats can’t change who superdelegates choose

Diane M. Russell (D-Portland)

Democrats are again discussing the rules for choosing delegates to their national party convention. It used to be that primaries and caucuses didn’t choose many delegates but that changed for the 1972 nomination. Starting then, the vast majority of delegates came from the decisions of caucus goers and primary voters. Lots of other things changed […]