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Speaking on American Nations and the gun debate, Gloucester, Mass., May 19

I’ll be speaking about how the existence of the American Nations helps explain enormous geographic disparities in violence, capital punishment, and gun policies at a public event on Massachusetts’ North… Read more »

Maine’s US Senators seek federal response to warming Gulf of Maine

Last week I reported on Canadian researchers having found record-warm water pouring into the primary deepwater entrance to the Gulf of Maine and Maine scientists confirming that they’ve seen similar,… Read more »

Barbara Bush, 1925-2018, an obituary

Former First Lady Barbara Bush died last night at 92. I had the privilege of having written her obituary for her summertime local paper, the Portland Press Herald, which you… Read more »

How did ranked choice voting become a polarized, partisan issue in Maine?

In June, Maine is expected to hold the first-in-the-nation statewide primary election using ranked choice voting, with contests for governor, US Senate, and Congress on the agenda. But it is… Read more »

Maine TV anchors among those recording Sinclair’s “fake stories” promo

Over the weekend, a montage went viral that featured dozens of local television anchors at Sinclair Broadcasting stations across the country reciting the same promo about their concern over “fake… Read more »

Maine’s ranked choice voting odyssey

My latest for POLITICO Magazine is on Maine’s ranked choice voting odyssey, which at the time the piece came out 48 hours ago already had more twists and turns than… Read more »

Trump’s Canadian metals tariffs could backfire on Maine

In today’s Portland Press Herald, I have a piece on how President Trump’s 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum could backfire on Maine manufacturers… Read more »

Two ALEC bills before Maine lawmakers would facilitate rewriting of US Constitution

In yesterday’s Portland Press Herald, I have another story involving a model text from the American Legislative Exchange Council being introduced in the Maine legislature, and once again it has national… Read more »

Senator King warns of Russian cyber threat to 2018 midterms

Senator Angus King, I-Maine, came by the Press Herald newsroom last week for a wide-ranging, on-record conversation with myself and my colleagues about everything from the state of the immigration… Read more »

Dunlap, other top state election officials received classified briefing on threats to voter systems

The U.S. intelligence community has been warning elected officials and the public for some time now about the past, present, and future threat Russia has posed to the integrity of… Read more »