The Tipping Point Blog Archive 2008
Republicans and Democrats often argue over whether the media is conservative or liberal. I've always thought that much of this perceived media bias can be explained by corporate consolidation, shrinking budgets and falling ad revenues leading to shallow and sensationalist coverage. A few days ago some attractive vegans proved my point.
PETA, the animal-rights group with a flair for the dramatic staged hour-long protests
On Tuesday, the 2010 race for the Blaine House began with the official announcement of the first gubernatorial candidate, Green Independent Party chair Lynne Williams. Other candidates such as outgoing Attorney General Steve Rowe have made their intentions to run clear, but Williams is the first to make a public announcement. I spoke to the candidate about the
The newly-elected Maine legislature is facing a daunting budget crisis and difficult decisions about where and how much to cut back on state services and whether to raise taxes to close the gap, but that doesn't mean that other issues won't be receiving some legislative attention as well. New bills on a variety of subjects have already been drafted or discussed publicly, and many more will be written and submitted by legislators for consideration before cloture in mid-January.
During the recent election, the Democrats increased their seats in the Maine senate from 18 to 20, giving them a five-vote advantage and solid control of the chamber. Their share of the actual vote, however, only increased by 1.5%.
If for some strange reason the content here and at MainePolitics.net doesn't completely satisfy your need for online Maine political news and commentary, there is a large and growing list of blogs that might help fill that void.
Maine is the only state in the country to not select the state Attorney General through an election of the legislature rather than a gubernatorial appointment or a general election. In practical terms, this means that the majority party in the legislature chooses one of their own, usually a fellow legislator, to hold this post. On Friday, two Maine newspapers published editorials expressing concern about the legitimacy and efficiency of this process. The
Tons of media coverage is devoted each election cycle to predicting the outcomes of upcoming races. In the weeks before the recent vote, a swarm of polling firms scoured the Maine electorate hoping to divine voter intentions in the high-profile presidential and senate elections. Each arrived at a different assessment of the state of Maine's major races.
Any pollster will tell you that a poll is meant to provide a
The voting is done tonight, but the politics will continue tomorrow. Here are some Maine political events to watch for in the coming weeks and months.
Several local races will likely be close enough that one candidate will request a recount, a process that can continue for weeks or months. This occurred in House District 107 during the June primary, when the first count resulted in an exact tie between
How likely are voters to be influenced by a cute puppy? The answer to that question could decide the state senate race in District 15 (Auburn, New Gloucester, Poland and Durham) and could potentially determine which party controls that body of the Maine state legislature. The puppy in question, a creation of the Maine Democratic Party for their website at www.iwasaluckyone.com
Predicting the outcomes of state house races in Maine is difficult. The districts are small, the issues are often hyper-local, and the personalities, work ethic and political acumen of the candidates can make a huge difference in the outcome of the race.
Despite the passage of the Maine Clean Elections Act, which has allowed for more decentralized campaigns, the state parties still have a big role in these elections.