Dislike deadlock? Don’t back divided government

This year’s elections could produce a Democratic president and Congress with one house or both controlled by the Republicans. Many voters say that’s just what they want.  They believe that divided government prevents excess and promotes compromise. But they have a good chance of being disappointed – again.  Here’s why. On the night in January […]

Three 2016 state referendums have legal, procedural defects

Things may not be what they seem. Half of the six Maine state referendums have been drafted with legal or operational problems, according to the state Attorney-General, lawyers and past legislative practice. They are likely to produce results differing from their sponsors’ intention. The three at issue are marijuana legalization (Question 1), the special fund […]

This year, we elect the Supreme Court

In picking a president and Congress this year, voters will also be picking a Supreme Court. After the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Court consists of eight justices, four appointed by Democratic presidents and four by Republicans.  President Obama nominated a moderate lower court judge to fill the vacancy, but the GOP Senate […]

Why many voters ignore Trump’s negatives

Donald Trump is an egomaniac, a racist, a liar, and a cheat, and he has no idea of public affairs or foreign policy. So say his critics and opponents, some of them members of the party that has nominated him for president.  The media has uncovered his misdeeds, some of them possibly illegal. If that’s […]

Ranked-choice voting about LePage, but it’s undemocratic

This is the first in a three-part series opposing ranked-choice voting, Question 5 on the state ballot in November. “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others,” said Winston Churchill. The famous British Prime Minister thought our democratic system of government was inherently and intentionally inefficient and lacked the streamlined nature […]

Trump’s wealth, real or unreal?

Donald Trump’s political rise was due partly to the widely held belief that he is a multi-billionaire whose wealth comes from his business skill. If he could become a billionaire as a tough negotiator in real estate deals, he could be the kind of strong and successful leader the U.S. needs. Supporting his reputation, he […]