Monthly Archives: February 2014

Creating a virtual education monopoly is a step in the wrong direction

The debate over approving and implementing charter schools in Maine, especially digital learning options for Maine students, continues to heat up. As I write, legislation is moving forward in Augusta that threatens to undercut the lengthy, thoughtful and rigorous Charter School Commission school approval process and instead send Maine parents and students back to the […]

Is Michaud’s plan an economic boon or unaffordable Lamborghini?

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Ethan: Did you see Democrat Mike Michaud’s “Maine Made” plan to strengthen Maine’s economy and grow jobs? Phil: I did. Good to see that all three candidates for governor have published material, so political analysts like us have something to read during these freezing days of February. Ethan: Freezing days of February? I’m in California, […]

Will bear baiting referendum pit north vs south?

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Political analysts Ethan Strimling and Phil Harriman spoke with WLBZ’s Chris Faccini to discuss numerous political issues. First up is the possible political implications of the LePage Administration plan to help Cate Street Capital restart the Great Northern Paper Mill in East Millinocket.  They’ll also discuss the latest enrollment numbers for Mainers signing up for […]

Can someone please explain how Democrats think?

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Phil: Can you explain to me how Democrats think? Ethan: I’ve been waiting for you to ask that question for five years! It all started with Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republican Party which ultimately became the Democratic Party… Phil: Let me be more clear and move you to a bit more modern times. Didn’t President […]