Election campaign is over; don’t believe the polls

The presidential election is over.  All that’s left is the voting. So many voters have made up their minds that no new revelation about Clinton’s emails or Trump’s harassment of women will make any difference. Many, possibly most, voters believe, “I’m not voting for the person, I’m voting for the policy.” That thought may explain […]

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 […]