Now that she’s in, will Mills actually deliver?

Janet Mills sure had a nice honeymoon this week. Matt Dunlap grandiosely swore her in. She got to fulfill every boomer liberal’s dream of singing on stage with one of the dudes from Peter, Paul and Mary. She enacted a major piece of legislation that the majority of Mainers had been demanding for years. All […]

Is drug use really a “health” problem?

You hear it a lot these days: We have to stop thinking of people struggling with drugs as “criminals,” recognize them for the “sick people” they are, and get them into treatment! To be clear, I agree. I’d much prefer to say that somebody struggling with drugs is “sick,” as opposed to “bad.” But, at the […]

Do you know the real reason Nike made the ad?

By now, we’ve all seen the ad that Nike put out this week featuring Colin Kaepernick, the activist football player who started the “take a knee” national anthem protest against police brutality. The ad depicts Kaepernick in black and white, looking calm, alert and determined. Across his face, written in white, authoritative lettering, are the […]

What’s the story with Maine’s CD2 Race?

As the battle to wrest control of our nation’s capitol from Donald Trump heats up across the country, more and more Americans are turning their gaze toward northern Maine. Some, including the New York Times, are even going so far as to call the race for Maine’s second congressional district the closest federal race in all […]

When does recovery begin?

Imagine that a person is caught in a horrific fire that leaves them with third degree burns all over much of their body. An ambulance brings them to the ER, where surgeons perform multiple excruciating skin grafts. Then they’re onto the ICU, where they spend a week coming in and out of consciousness, hooked intravenously […]

Here’s what Bruce Poliquin doesn’t seem to get

Yesterday, Congressman Bruce Poliquin launched his first television attack ad against Jared Golden, his opponent. As the ad fades in, you hear a typical doom-and-gloom voice speaking over a video of Golden jogging in a US Marine Corps t-shirt, questioning “Who is the Jared Golden behind this t-shirt?” Never mind the absurdity of a Wall […]

It’s time to pop the Mark Eves bubble

At first glance, former Speaker of the House Mark Eves might just be the complete opposite of our current Governor. Paul LePage has always been a geyser of bile and bluster. He says racist things, sexist things, anti-immigrant things. He’s cut thousands of low income workers off of their healthcare. He’s insulted public school teachers, […]

Janet Mills – Hero or Hopeless?

According to a BDN poll published a few weeks ago, Attorney General Janet Mills is currently enjoying a broad lead in the Democratic Primary for Governor. To be clear, nothing’s set in stone. Voters change their minds all the time, and no poll is perfectly accurate. Plus there’s now Ranked Choice Voting, so even if […]