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Have Crime Rates in Androscoggin County been “Doubling or Higher” Since Somali Immigrants Arrived?

For a few years now, I’ve been looking into the persistent notion some people have that Somali immigrants have somehow plunged the city of Lewiston, Maine into an unprecedented crime wave. If you look into actual crime statistics, you’ll find out pretty quickly that this anti-immigrant perception is simply not based in systematically observed fact. […]

Has Crime in Towns around Lewiston, ME been “Doubling or Higher” Since Somali Immigrants Arrived?

Read the comments to this 2013 Irregular Times article if you’d like to see some cognitive dissonance at work. A lot of people “know” (by which I mean think) that Lewiston, Maine has become a much more crime-ridden place since Somali immigrants arrived there. The trouble is, this is demonstrably untrue. As a matter of […]

Two Fairy Houses on Monhegan Island

  

Maine’s Monhegan Island, May 23 2015.  Two different kind of fairy houses referring to two not-so-different kinds of fairy tales.

(After this weekend it’ll be people season, not proper for visiting until later.  Try a visit after September 1 and the woods will be yours again.)

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Through “Level the Playing Field,” Americans Elect Wades into Ranked Choice Voting

During its nine-year history, the privatized-presidential-election corporation called Americans Elect has taken on many names: Americans Elect, Change the Rule, Level the Playing Field, Unity08, Unity12 Task Force. In a post yesterday about the group’s resurrection for 2016, I noted how its recent activity featured a “charitable donation” to a mysterious 501c4 corporation called “The […]

Behind Americans Elect’s “Level the Playing Field” Donation to “Charity”

(Tip of the pen to Richard Winger for getting me started down this path.)

Earlier this year Americans Elect leaders popped up with a new organization, a new name (“Level the Playing Field”), and two mysterious payments from that group. The first mysterious payment was made out to “Imaginary Friend.” It turns out “Imaginary Friend” […]

The Maine Airport Coffee Economy

Maine has its faults, but this is one of the reasons I love living here:

 

This is how you get coffee at the local airport:

The tin-can economy is a great antidote to my gloomy cynicism.

Meet Rand Paul’s Protege in Maine: State Senator Eric Brakey

In the 2014 election cycle, Rand Paul’s “leadership PAC” Reinventing A New Direction sent funds to just one candidate for the Maine State Legislature: Republican Eric Brakey of New Gloucester. With that kind of specificity, it’s fair to say that Rand Paul’s organization singled Eric Brakey as his kind of candidate. Brakey won office and […]

South Portland tells Students to Celebrate Freedom through Coercion and Silence

What did you learn in school today?

Brad Rogers writes in the Bangor Daily News about a simple choice by high school seniors in South Portland.  The senior class President of South Portland high school noticed that teachers were harassing students who chose not to say the Pledge of Allegiance, so she looked up state law, […]

After Arrival of Somali Immigrants, was Lewiston a Crime Outlier for Maine?

Up here in Maine, if you ask a bunch of people on the street which is the most dangerous, crime-ridden town in the state, more than half will name Lewiston. Lewiston, Maine has a reputation for crime that many people blame on immigrants from the country of Somalia. There’s just one problem with that claim: […]

Here and There, Them Versus Us

If a vulnerable family in need appeared at your door, would you help? Our would you turn them into the cold?

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee would turn them away. As J. Clifford points out, Mike Huckabee promised in 2008 that he’d take away citizenship from American-born babies if they had non-citizen parents. Wrong blood […]

Help Portland, ME Racial Justice Group Get to NYC for Anti-Racist March

The Portland Racial Justice Congress is trying to whip together some cash so they can get transportation down from Maine to the Millions March in New York City on Saturday December 13. If you can’t make it to this important demonstration, chipping in a few bucks to help others get there would be a very […]