On the first day of the 114th Congress, the new Republican majority instituted a seemingly arcane rule change that in reality, could endanger some Social Security recipients. The maneuver seems to be an intentional strategy of threatening people as part of a political ploy, unless it’s actua…

Maine has a long history of finding the will of its voters frustrated by the Supreme Court. After all, we owe our existence as a state to the Missouri/Maine Compromise of 1820, which was later ruled unconstitutional in Dred Scott v Sanford.

Governor LePage waged some high stakes battles against President Obama’s Affordable Care Act in his first term, and it looks like he’ll continue that policy in his second. The battle has drawn blood, but I don’t think it’s hurt the president very much. The wounded in this fight, I’m afraid, …

Governor Paul LePage and those who serve under him like to cultivate an image of apolitical lone wolves, mavericks who aren’t “politically correct.” That attitude means a generally hostile attitude toward Washington, DC. The governor has called the IRS the “new Gestapo,” and said that welfar…

As Maine’s state legislature begins a new session this week, I’m worried about what’s coming — and not just because of who holds the most power. What worries me is the appearance of some Washington theatrics in Augusta, and what that might mean for our state.

Friedrich Nietzsche conceived a thought experiment that he called “eternal recurrence.” It’s an odd idea, but it shows up in a few of his books. He asks us to imagine a demon appearing before us, and tells us that our lives — “this life as you now live it and have lived it” — will have to be…

OK, guy walks into a bar. Well, no, it’s not really a bar, it’s a tent. Specifically his brother’s tent. He’s really hungry, and his brother is cooking up some amazing stew (the King James Bible called it “pottage”) — something like a red lentil soup. The first guy asks for some — he’s been …

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “protest march?” Shared outrage? Worried authorities talking about potential violence, or relieved authorities talking about peacefulness? This month’s “March to End Violence” was a protest over what looks like legal immunity for recent police ki…

I was born and raised in Southern California, and I wrote a book about Los Angeles politics earlier in my career. Because of that background, I have sometimes felt, since I moved to Maine, like Kyle Reese in the original Terminator film. “Heed my words, friends of Maine,” I say, “for I come …

Somebody in Maine government is confused about her job, and as a result, the state may lose as much as $9 million in federal money.

Susan Collins and Angus King have a few things in common. They both know how to maximize their influence in one of the world’s most vexing legislative chambers. They are both frustrated that the State Department has not announced whether or not it will approve the 1,200 miles of the Keystone…