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Maine’s fumbled brand moment + expanding “business friendliness”


 Frustrated with LePage’s latest stunt—this one targeted at my friends an neighbors in the trans community—I lashed out by saying that Maine’s regressive bent is enough to drive my investment in the state elsewhere. I was frustrated—I AM frustrated—and what I said, I think, reveals and articulates my anger but clouds what I was ultimately […]

5 ways to get back at LePage right now

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Let’s strike back at Governor LePage. Whenever LePage says something stupid, hurtful or racist—or when he says somethings stripped of context in a way that signifies an ignorance of abstraction or an intentional pandering to people who respond favorably to these things—I find myself faced with a dilemma. Do I respond by underscoring, demystifying and offering […]

The Maine GOP is a successful, albeit soulless, machine


“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.” — Mark Twain You know, sometimes you produce a short documentary about an gubernatorial candidate that—unbeknownst to you—contains a song lyric that alludes to another elected official giving head. Then the GOP […]

“Internal data” points to brightening of Maine’s future


I don’t usually focus on polling, because focusing on polling is boring and makes politics more of a horse race than it should be. That said, despite Public Policy Polling showing the candidate to be polling at his lowest numbers yet, an email from the Cutler camp suggests “internal data shows that voters are moving […]

Mike Tipping discusses the early success of his As Maine Went book campaign


Columnist, activist, and fellow Bangor Daily News blogger Mike Tipping has written a book called As Maine Went. It documents the rise of Governor LePage and the Tea Party movement here in Maine. While the book, which is published by Tilbury House, comes out in the middle of July, Tipping used the crowdfunding site Kickstarter […]

25 momentous events, happenings and occasions from 2013


Just in case you weren’t paying attention, these are the events, happenings and occasions that left a significant mark on me in 2013. I use some adult language, so beware. The Chelyabinsk meteor, which most know as “that fireball that soared through Russian skies,” scared the shit out of everyone when numerous videos of it […]

Portland, Maine, as assessed by Google Reviews: November, 2013 Edition

About once a month I poke around Google (and Zagat) reviews to see how Portland looks through the eyes of those who care enough to share their feelings [often anonymously] with the rest of the Internet. I do so less as a means of rating the establishment—I almost always disagree with the reviews—and more as […]

LePage told Republicans that President Obama “hates white people”

Really. I wonder how Adrienne Bennett‘s conscience is treating her these days. Photo Source: It’s from that time I imagine Bennett was like, you know what, screw it. Let’s just pretend that I am really a reputable newswoman who hasn’t sold out her integrity and that you are really a governor. Note: A friend in […]