Introducing The Maine Monitor

Introducing The Maine Monitor

In times of chaos and uncertainty, the need to understand the truth is critically important. Too often, however, finding the truth requires dodging endless political spin, conspiracy theories and angry soundbites. It’s become hard work to follow the news. But for many...
State referendums promote direct democracy

State referendums promote direct democracy

Last week Maine held a referendum on vaccinations — and will likely decide another issue with a statewide popular vote this year. The National Popular Vote is gaining momentum and could lead to a majority of all American voters having a direct role in picking the...
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...