Category Archives: Policy

Portland primary spending raises campaign finance concerns

A meeting of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices yesterday did not result in any sanction or finding of wrongdoing against Democratic state senate candidate (and current state representative) Ben Chipman, who is running in a contested primary in Portland. The proceedings did, however, highlight a potential loophole in Maine campaign finance […]

Rep. Poliquin: Trump will win and I’ll help him implement policy

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Maine Second District Representative Bruce Poliquin, who is engaged in one of the most competitive House races in the country, has been extremely reticent to discuss his party’s presumptive nominee for president with the media. A Politico reporter recently described an “uncomfortable” wait for an elevator together as Poliquin refused to answer whether he would […]

Former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen warns that Trump could order war crimes

In an interview with Christiane Amanpour on CNN yesterday, former Maine U.S. Senator and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen warned that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s foreign policy stances include advocacy for violating the international criminal code. “I think we have to be very careful on what we are saying to the world. […]

I bet the GOP establishment wishes they had ranked choice voting right now

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames

I made the joke/observation in the headline on Twitter this morning. I thought it was just an interesting way of bringing a local lens (Maine will be voting on a ranked-choice voting referendum this November) to the national issue of Donald Trump conquering the Republican Party. (Or should I say seizing it through eminent domain?) […]