Category Archives: Hot Button Issues

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 […]

Is LePage taking the Republican Party back to the 1990s?

Ethan: So, your boy gave quite a speech on Tuesday night. War on drugs. Tax caps. Union bashing. It sounds like the Republican Party has decided to refight the lost battles of the 1990s. Phil: Didn’t you mean to say: compassion for drug-affected newborns, limits on government and the right to choose if you want […]

Why was there silence when ‘Gestapo’ was used against LePage?

In July of 2012, Gov. Paul LePage made an ill-advised comparison of the Internal Revenue Services to the Nazi Gestapo. Appropriately, much of the state reacted strongly. Newspapers wrote editorials expressing outrage. Columnists slammed yet another offensive comment made by the governor. Political opposition piled on. And Phil and I started the bipartisan demand for […]

What was Cutler thinking with shrill response to EqualityMaine endorsement?

Phil: Well, our friends at EqualityMaine certainly created a stir last week when they endorsed U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud for governor. Eliot Cutler was quite displeased. Ethan: Yeah. I’m surprised about the reaction, honestly. As I wrote in a blog this week, Michaud has been nearly perfect on LGBT issues for 15 years. While Cutler […]

Like King and Clinton, Michaud never looked back on equality

After Mike Michaud announced that he was gay, some of us in the media and politics celebrated his courage. There is a reason that in the history of America, no out man has ever been elected governor. It was truly risky to come out in the middle of a campaign, when 13 percent of the […]