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Maine’s redistricting hits a constitutional Catch-22

  As you’ve probably heard, the pandemic (and the Trump administration) delayed the 2020 US Census, upon which states must redraw their congressional and legislative districts to account for relative… Read more »

What’s up with Jared Golden, the most successful Democrat in Trumpland?

  Maine’s second district U.S. Representative, Jared Golden, has been causing a lot of heartburn among fellow Democrats of late. He was the only member of the party not to… Read more »

How we got here, the stakes and where we go now (in Washington Monthly)

The United States, which was a state before it came up with an argument for being a nation as well, has always been vulnerable to dissolution. An accidental alliance of… Read more »

Senator Angus King on the insurrection and accountability

I spoke with Senator Angus King (I-ME) last night about the attack on the Capitol and his views on how to ensure accountability for those who incited it, and not… Read more »

Impeachment: Maine’s delegation, save Collins, demands Trump’s immediate removal

Three of Maine’s four Congressional representatives are now on record demanding Trump’s immediate removal from office for his role in the insurrection and terrorist attacks against Congress and the U.S…. Read more »

Post-coup attempt, Sen. King and Rep. Pingree support Trump removal via 25th Amendment

A day after President Trump incited a mob to attack the Capitol in Washington, triggering five deaths and the evacuation of the building, half of Maine’s Congressional delegation — that’s… Read more »

The 2020 Elections and the American Nations

The American Nations boundaries show up in just about every closely contested election, and the 2020 presidential contest was no exception. With the help of my Portland Press Herald colleague… Read more »

Speaking about Union and how the U.S. survives via Trinity Wall Street, Nov 12

Before the pandemic struck, I was looking forward to traveling to lower Manhattan this week to speak as part of Trinity Wall Street Church’s Trinity Commons series. But things are… Read more »

Fareed Zakaria recommends American Nations for today’s political moment in the US

Over at the New York Times Book Review today, Fareed Zakaria — whose ideas about illiberal democracy were very helpful in my thinking through some of the concepts in American… Read more »

Talking with CBC-Nova Scotia about the 400-year backstory to the 2020 election

The rest of the world is trying to understand what’s going on with the United States and its (currently not quite resolved) election.  So I very much enjoyed sharing the… Read more »