Category Archives: Federal Politics

Sometimes, the best arguments end in agreement

Ethan: If you can believe it, this officially marks our second anniversary writing this column. Sadly, it also marks our last at the Bangor Daily News as we embark upon another stage of our commentary. Phil: We’ve done more than 350 columns, posts and video blogs. It’s been a tremendous two years that I am […]

The ‘train-wreck’ that signed up 9.5 million

Ethan: Now that Obamacare exceeded its goal of 7 million signups by April 1, are you ready to concede a small modicum of success to this program and stop calling it a “train wreck”? Phil: Forcing people to buy a product and having it declared constitutional because it was interpreted as a tax, something the […]

Can someone please explain how Democrats think?

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 […]

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 […]

14 bolder predictions for Maine politics in 2014

Recently, Republican BDN blogger and columnist Matt Gagnon made 14 “bold” predictions for 2014. While some were legitimately bold, such as Democratic state Rep. Brian Bolduc resigning, Republicans taking back the state Senate, and the state unemployment rate falling by another point (thank you Obama!), others were a bit wanting. Claiming LePage will win the […]

Get ready for one doozy of a political year

Ethan: We are about to enter one mama of a political year. Legislative battles for control of the State House. Two doozy primaries for Maine’s congressional seat. And a trifecta of legit candidates for governor! Phil: “One mama?” “Two doozies?” “A trifecta?” Are you back in NYC for the holidays? Let me help you express […]