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11 Books That Will Make You Smarter About Politics

The folks at Business Insider have been kind to American Nations, re-upping their article on the paradigm a few times over the past couple of years, each time reaching a… Read more »

Rep. Pingree tours child detention sites in Texas, Rep. Poliquin speaks out against practice

I’ve been covering the Maine delegation’s stance and reaction to the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their families and the effort to reunify them for the Portland Press… Read more »

It not only can happen here, it’s already started

My congressional representative here in Maine is heading to southmost Texas tomorrow to join a score of her colleagues touring federal detention centers where migrant children taken from their parents… Read more »

Talking Maine’s 1820 split from Mass. with KQED’s California Report

This November, Californians will be asked if they want to split their state into three, a measure spearheaded by venture capitalist Tim Draper. I wrote about some of the problems… Read more »

Speaking at the Chautauqua Institution, July 3

On July 3 I have the honor of speaking at the Chautauqua Institution’s summer speaker series on the lake in Chautauqua, New York. The event kicks off at 2:30 pm… Read more »

Talking about Maine’s Ranked Choice Voting odyssey on NHPR, May 17

For those of you in the Granite State, I’ll be your guest in the morning on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “The Exchange,” talking about Maine’s Ranked Choice Voting odyssey. The… Read more »

Bad borders: what US secessionists’ proposals miss

The sixth installment of my “Balkanized America” series is up over at Medium, looking at how contemporary US secessionists and state-splitters — from Ted Draper’s “Six Californias” and CAL3 plans to… Read more »

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 »