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What if We Stopped Talking About Party Candidates?

How would politics change if we stopped talking about party candidates?

Oh, I don’t mean that we stop talking about candidates who are running with the Libertarian Party or Green Party or Americans Elect Party or Democratic Party or Republican Party, or what have you. I mean something different. What would happen if we stopped […]

Who Is The Secret Group Called “The Family” That Created Ben Carson’s Presidential Campaign?

A secretive theocratic group called The Family has provided the opportunity for Ben Carson to rise to prominence within the Republican Party. What does The Family expect from Carson in return? […]

One Choice Isn’t Hard: Supporting the ACLU

In the wake of the 2014 elections, I return to a perennial puzzle for me: do I only support political candidates who I feel are the best match possible, or do I recognize that some politicians are better than others, and that better is good enough? I’ve been voting for a quarter of a century […]

Reactions To The Republican Victory In Congress, 2014

The Republican Party was the clear winner in the 2014 congressional elections. The GOP increased its control over the House of Representatives, and gained control of the Senate.

There will be many interpretations of yesterday’s elections, directed largely by the interpreters’ ideology. Republicans will say that this proves that America wants to ban gay marriage, […]

Negligent Slumlords For John Katko and Rob Astorino

Some endorsements are the opposite of helpful.

On my way to vote this afternoon, I passed by the lawn signs you see below, promoting John Katko for Congress and Rob Astorino for Governor.

Why share this picture of these lawn signs? For me, the story is all in the vacant lot behind the signs.

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Why No Liberal Could Ever Vote For Libertarian Michael McDermott

Over the last day, I’ve been having a discussion with one of our readers, Stephen Kent Gray, about the difference between liberals and Libertarians. The discussion started out when Stephen wanted to know why I didn’t mention Michael McDermott, the Libertarian candidate for New York Governor, in my considerations of who to vote for in […]

Conservatives Across America Heap Accolades on Barack Obama for Ebola Policy

American conservatives are out on the streets, showing their love for President Barack Obama’s Ebola policy.

That’s what I must conclude from the sudden appearance of bumper stickers like this across the nation. On Barack Obama’s watch, after all, there were a handful of cases in which someone with Ebola flew to the United States. […]

Republicans Promise To “Defeet” The Democrats In Maine

A late reminder of what’s at stake in this year’s elections: Sure, they’re mid-term, and so there isn’t the drama of a presidential election. Nonetheless, there’s a great deal on the line… such as the ability of communities to continue to rely on quality public education for their children, without interference from Republican politicians.

Quality […]

Why I Will Vote For Howie Hawkins For Governor Of New York Tomorrow

I have met both Andrew Cuomo and Howie Hawkins in person. My general impression of both of these candidates in the 2014 campaign for Governor of New York was that they were more motivated their personal ambitions than by any policy concerns. Perhaps that’s typical of politicians, but the point is that I was not […]

A Little F Makes All the Difference

The snow won't slow us down! Sign up for a GOTV shit in your neighborhood: http://t.co/v2Jk38FgOn #mepolitics #victory2014

— Maine Democrats (@MaineDems) November 2, 2014

I am not above a scatalogical giggle. Having tried GOTV, I can say it really does feel a bit like a shit in your neighborhood.

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Democrat Emily Cain Hops on the Ebola Panic Bandwagon

While it’s fair to say that more Republicans than Democrats have been caught up in the panic over Ebola in the United States, the Ebola freakout is not an entirely partisan phenomenon. In a recent debate for the Maine 2nd District Congressional race, Democratic candidate Emily Cain was asked the question, “What should government be […]