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Trump renews push to eliminate LIHEAP, Sea Grant, NEA, other programs

Last year, President Trump tried to eliminate a wide range of programs with an outsized impact in Maine, including Sea Grant, low income heating assistance, community block grants, the National… Read more »

Trumpism, the American Nations, and the 2016 election

My latest installment of the “Balkanized America” series is up over at Medium, this one interpreting what happened in the 2016 presidential election via an American Nations lens, with some… Read more »

Bill would stop states from blocking municipal broadband projects

Last year I wrote about a bill introduced in Maine’s legislature that would effectively block towns from building their own municipal high speed data networks, even when — as is… Read more »

Talking American Nations with KBUR’s “Heartland Politics”

Recently had a conversation with Monmouth College political science professor Robin Johnson about America’s regional cultures and their implications for the Midwest generally and the 2016 election results in the… Read more »

Big in Japan, Part II

Earlier this month, Satoshi Ukai, the New York bureau chief of the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun was kind enough to come to my home here in Maine for an interview on American… Read more »

Maine: what happens if there’s a federal shutdown tonight

At this writing, the US government is within hours of its first shutdown since 2013. As President Trump and Congressional leaders try to come up with an agreement, Mainers may… Read more »

Gov. LePage’s support for offshore drilling at odds with every New England member of Congress

This month, when the Trump administration unveiled its plan to open virtually all areas of U.S. federal waters to oil and gas exploration, most of New England’s elected leaders expressed… Read more »

Trump admin to erase voter registation data in effort to deny other voter fraud commission docs to Dunlap

The struggle over transparency at President Trump’s voter fraud commission continues even after its demise. In yesterday’s Portland Press Herald, I updated the ongoing drama between the White House and… Read more »

Trump disbands voter fraud commission, which now refuses to give Dunlap documents

President Trump this week pulled the plug on his controversial voter fraud commission, but the drama surrounding it has only escalated. Trump’s decision came on the heels of a federal… Read more »

Big in Japan: American Nations, now in Japanese

Just as my son’s first grade class was embarking on a unit on Japan a couple weeks ago, what should arrive at our front door but a package from Tokyo… Read more »