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Glorification of failure
The Maine Democratic Party
The last time the Maine Democratic Party had a competitive candidate in a statewide political race was in 2006, when John Baldacci was re-elected governor. And that was hardly a landslide. Even with Baldacci's incumbency, he got barely 38 percent of the vote.
| March 28, 2012
Get it together
"Political leaders, no matter the party, often can be barometers for public sentiment."
| September 28, 2011
Can Maine's Democrats come back from the dead?
Or have they been Republicans for too long?
Let's skip over several huge problems the Maine Democratic Party faces as it tries to recover from its historic losses in November, when for the first time since 1964 the Republicans took control of both houses of the Legislature and the governorship.
| January 19, 2011
Less of you
Reform is a bad idea
When the Legislature gets reformed, things get worse.
| August 18, 2010
Spookin' the horses
Scary trumps stupid every time
Move over, Freddy Krueger. Here come the real scary monsters: Libby Mitchell and Paul LePage.
| June 16, 2010
Your words are not your own
Less Otten. More Originality.
Plagiarism is a serious charge.
| May 12, 2010
Ted Kennedy's real record
A note on the 32-year-incumbent's accomplishments
When a 32-year incumbent seeks re-election, there is a long and well-documented record that can be examined. So it's disconcerting to note that admit all the miles of newsprint and videotape that have been expended covering the US Senate campaign, little has been said of what Ted Kennedy has or hasn't accomplished.
| August 26, 2009
There are some important qualities I'd like to see in the next governor of Maine. But they're all pretty boring. So let's get to what I wouldn't like to see.
| July 01, 2009
Stephen Breyer may be the right man at the wrong time
Judge Stephen Breyer, Bill Clinton's latest pick for the Supreme Court, has attracted support so broad that it spans ideological and political differences.
| June 11, 2009
Equal scary people
Should foreigners -- like folks from NH -- vote in Maine?
I have nothing against people who've had the misfortune of being born in other nations. Unless they're from Chad.
| April 08, 2009
| January 01, 0001
Ridiculous and sublime
Maine got stranger in 2008
Certainly what will stick out most in our minds are those wonderful hours late on November 4, when we hugged and cheered and attempted to get from one side of Empire to the other without spilling our beer.
| December 23, 2008
Council sinks pier deal, floats arts TIF
Three pieces of big news came out of Monday's Portland City Council meeting. Make sure you stay in the loop.
| November 19, 2008
The Obama two-step
Now that we know for sure Obama is going to the dance, who’s he gonna bring as his partner?
Barack Obama lost his best vice-president option when Ohio governor Ted Strickland removed himself from consideration for the number-two spot.
| June 18, 2008
Know your superdelegates
Democratic insiders in Maine and throughout the country will decide the party's nominee
If they choose wisely, they’ll follow the will of the people all the way into the Oval Office.
| March 12, 2008
Committee of onions and failure
Politics and other mistakes
To help me decide on a topic for this week’s column, I assembled a blue-ribbon commission.
| January 02, 2008
The needle and the damage done
After the steroid debacle, how can America’s pastime possibly recover its dignity? By looking to the South African truth and reconciliation model.
Our country’s national pastime is a game stolen from the Brits, perfected by the Cubans, Dominicans, and Japanese, and best enjoyed while eating the cuisine of the Teutons.
| December 21, 2007
Saving a sinking waterfront
Redeveloping the Maine State Pier has gone wrong from the beginning — let’s get our priorities back in order
The near-identical proposals to fix up and revitalize the Maine State Pier are in as uninspiring shape as the pier itself.
DEIRDRE FULTON, CHRISTOPHER GRAY, AND JEFF INGLIS
| August 29, 2007
‘Home team’ wins round two
In the battle for the Portland Developer Championship the score now is 1 to 1.
| July 25, 2007
Both proposals for the Maine State Pier are missing something big
If you believe the Portlanders who worked on the Olympia Companies proposal for redeveloping the Maine State Pier, the competition between their outfit and Ocean Properties is simple.
| March 08, 2007
One day, it will please us to remember even this
Politics and other mistakes
Try these Maine political trivia questions on your friends.
| February 28, 2007
Letters to the Portland editor: December 22, 2006
What about York County?
LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR
| December 20, 2006
Jean Hay Bright’s fight to topple a political icon
Jean Hay Bright tried once before to run against US Senator Olympia Snowe. Snowe's tracks: How moderate is Maine's senior senator?
| October 18, 2006
| January 01, 0001
Handicapping the GOP
Who wins in a Republican primary?
Because Governor Baldacci’s poll numbers have been in the depths for over a year, three substantial Republicans are competing to take him on. Here’s the tip sheet for the June 13 GOP primary.
| May 17, 2006
2009: Rants of the Right
Going where few reviewers dare to tread.
Few "respectable" publications were willing to review the year's top-selling conservative books, but the Phoenix has no fear. After wading through 2500 or so pages of right-wing ravings, your brave correspondent reports back with the following analyses.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| December 22, 2009
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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