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Are the Racists Right? Is Minneapolis More Violent Since Somali Immigrants Arrived?

The blog “Stuff Black People Don’t Like” has made an incendiary accusation about Somali immigrants to Minneapolis, Minnesota:

“None of these Somalis in any city of the United States should be in the country, if the government was actually concerned with creating a strong future for the nation’s actual citizens. It is not. Minneapolis once […]

When the Greens Showed Up in Maine

In November 2013, J. Clifford wrote here about a Green Party that complained about ballot access but wasn’t running candidates.

In November 2014, the Maine Green Independent Party ran 13 candidates for state legislature — an impressive feat for a party with very few members and zero corporate support. It’s true that none of those […]

Did Somali Immigrants Really Plunge Lewiston, Maine into Crime? (2013 Fact Check Says…)

Since I moved to Maine, I’ve learned that Mainers think of some parts of their state as better than others. “Real Maine” includes the mill town of Millinocket, for example, but that term apparently doesn’t encompass the pastry, coffee and theater row of Hallowell. Someone needs to tell the thousands of people living in Hallowell […]

California Theocrat Interferes In Louisiana Runoff Election

Think that the 2014 congressional election is over? Think again. Down in Louisiana, there’s a runoff election for a seat in the U.S. Senate, between incumbent conservative Democrat, darling of the oil industry, Mary Landrieu, and Republican Bill Cassidy, who isn’t just pro-oil, but is also pro-gun. (Hey, Bill, while you’re at it, why not […]

Heritage Campaign Seeks To Convert Mississippi Into A Pro-Slavery Theocracy

It’s the day after the 2014 congressional elections, and the Republicans have trounced the Democrats. What does this mean for America?

If a group of Mississippi Republicans has its way, it means African-Americans back in chains, and compulsory Christian worship for everybody.

A few weeks ago, the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign began. The Campaign’s goal […]

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 […]

Arkansas Democrats, There Is An Alternative To Electing Another Blue Dog As Governor

Given Mike Ross’s long history of collaboration with the Republican Party, the reasonable choice on Election Day for progressive residents of Arkansas is Josh Drake. […]

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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Susan Collins, Big Money Candidate. Shenna Bellows, Small Money Candidate. Who Wins?

Contribution totals in the Maine Senate race through October 15, 2014 have become available at the Federal Election Commission, and they tell a story of strong contrasts.

Here’s a graphic profile of Democrat Shenna Bellows’ campaign contributors:

And here’s a graphic profile of Republican Susan Collins’ campaign contributors:

Less than 1 in 10 […]

What “Filing a Republican Candidate in Every District” Looks Like in Maine

“Surprisingly surprising is the politics of politics.”– Maine State Representative Jennifer DeChant

In the Spring of 2014, the Maine Republican Party political director Justin Richards declared his party had a new strength. “The Maine Senate is absolutely a target for us and the House is a top target as well. The reason,” said Richards, “is […]