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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 »

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 »