Monthly Archives: July 2013

Oh, Canadian Electricity

Alighting upon this morning’s editorial in the Morning Sentinel, I was delighted to see a review of the governor’s Saturday Radio Address on electricity prices. Thought to myself, “AVERAGE household bill of $84 month? Meaning as many residential households paying … Continue reading

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In Love

Move over Maine Municipal Association 2011 Fiscal Survey, there’s a new spreadsheet in town. The Maine Ethics Commission’s whole contributions database – including all 218,212 recorded contributions since 2000 –  is my new jam. Here’s today’s picture of the data … Continue reading

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Independent Expenditures, A Prelude

The race is on! Some great analysis and commentary lately on the first Maine Ethics Commission campaign finance report filings for the 2014 gubernatorial election. The candidates’ report filings are indeed important pieces of data to track – and not … Continue reading

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Racism, Self-Regard, and the Just World

The verdict in State of Florida v. George Zimmerman is giving us a critical opportunity to talk about what racism looks like in today’s America. The killing of Trayvon Martin is a heartbreaking and important example of what a racist system can … Continue reading

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Katz Agonistes

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold Sorry to mix  literary metaphors, but last night’s endless session convened for a series of final votes represented a set-back … Continue reading

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Day of the Long Knives

With nothing more than a pen, Gov. LePage produced one of the most dramatic days in Maine gubernatorial history. Adding 21 vetoes in a single day to his previous record number of 57 vetoes, the man has out-no’ed any Maine … Continue reading

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Two Maines

Thanks to the feed of Maine-specific BLS unemployment data, it was easy to construct a chart of unemployment figures over time. It can be hard to see this as clearly with all sixteen counties, so I’m just showing the … Continue reading

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