Category Archives: National Politics

Governing Style and the Emergency

As the hours ticked by and the federal government teetered into partial shutdown, we all looked up to the sky (or in the newspapers) and wondered what would happen next. And for most of us, immediately…nothing. The impact of the … Continue reading

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Risky Business

Thirty years ago this past April, a group of individuals appointed by President Reagan came out with a report that, like a tree falling into a river, has bent the flow of America’s perception of its public education system ever … 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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More recent context for LePage vetoes

Scott Thistle’s great historical perspective on Governor LePage’s veto streak offers a useful long-term view on the recent vetoes but misses something important about the more immediate historical perspective. Maine (and New England in general) are places with relatively low … Continue reading

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Maps

I’ve had the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s take on the theme running periodically through my mind for a few days now, but looking at this map posted on the Bangor Daily News yesterday – describing county-level changes in female mortality – … Continue reading

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Gun Control: Part 1

I have been spending a lot of time since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre thinking about gun control. I looked for groups that I could join to perform direct, legislation-supporting action; finding nothing immediately (beyond groups which I could – and … Continue reading

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