Congress, Maine need more, better term limits

Who needs term limits?  We got them this year without a law. Term limits are supposed to ensure turnover among elected officials, breaking the power of a few bosses and bringing in new legislators attuned to the popular will.  They don’t exist at the federal level, and the Maine version needs a truth-in-labeling review. This […]

Collins, GOP senators give leader great power

The country is torn by partisan conflict.  Many blame President Trump, but he is exploiting a split that existed before he took office. One person deserves even more responsibility for the failure of the parties work together – Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican Senate Majority Leader.  Winning partisan battles is his sole purpose. […]

Conservative judges not turning out to be partisan

President Trump is making the federal courts conservative.  The effect could last for several decades. With the flood of his judicial appointments approved by the Senate and capped by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, this view is widely accepted and feared by alarmed opponents.  For them, a “conservative” court means judges […]

Trump offers isolationist foreign policy

In his recent U.N. speech, President Trump offered his vision for America’s place in the world. Nobody was surprised that his words echoed U.S. policy in the decades before the outbreak of World War II. Perhaps this was how to “make America great again” — return to the years when the country was a world […]