Incumbency versus accountability in elections

Incumbency versus accountability in elections

Term limits don’t work. The alternative, defeat by the voters, doesn’t work that well, either. In either case, elected officials hold offices for long terms. They have better name recognition than their challengers, usually can raise more money and know...
Tax cuts yield exploding federal debt, Maine road decay

Tax cuts yield exploding federal debt, Maine road decay

“You can pay me now or you can pay me later,” goes the saying. When it comes to government budgets, if it’s later, it must be Washington. If it’s pay now, it’s Maine. The Congressional Budget Office, which is independent of both political parties,...
Due process? A court system in the crosshairs

Due process? A court system in the crosshairs

Maine’s criminal justice system is coming under heavy scrutiny as the legislative session begins, with dozens of proposed bills addressing concerns about inconsistent practices and services, fairness and a lack of hard data on how courts are functioning. Dozens of...