Taking democracy back: The case for Question 1, campaign finance reform

David Schultz, Hamline University Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on September 29, 2015. The two easiest political predictions to make are that the coming U.S. presidential race will be the most expensive in history and that money will dominate the 2016 elections, both across the country and in Maine. The Republican presidential candidates […]

GOP presidential candidates dig their own electoral graves on immigration

Robert W. Glover, University of Maine. Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on September 15, 2015. Hardly a day passes in this presidential campaign without a Republican candidate weighing in on how to “fix” immigration in the U.S. There was Donald Trump’s call to build an impregnable wall on our southern border. Then Scott Walker […]

We can’t abandon future generations of Maine teachers

Flynn Ross, University of Southern Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on September 1, 2015. Teachers matter. Tremendously. As adults, we remember our favorite teachers and joke about the worst ones. As parents, we listen to which teachers are challenging, engaging and fair. Our children often spend more time actively engaged with their […]

College affordability a key part of addressing Maine’s “demographic winter”

Robert W. Glover, University of Maine At college campuses across Maine and the nation, students are heading back to school. This is an electrifying time to be at a college or university, as the returning students bring excitement, enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity, and energy. But for many students, that excitement is coupled with anxiety about costs […]

Will Maine share in health reform’s success or follow Old Confederacy?

Theda Skocpol, Harvard University Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on July 21, 2015. For the last five years, never-ending Obamacare battles have been accompanied by quiet progress in implementation. Maine has been front and center in ideological warfare and quiet progress. But the state’s final health reform chapters remain to be written. When […]

Crucial college grant gets much-needed boost in Maine’s new budget

Christy Daggett, Maine Center for Economic Policy Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on June 23, 2105. This budget season has been contentious, but one priority seems to have secured some agreement: increasing the State of Maine Grant, a need-based grant awarded to more than 26,000 Maine two- and four-year college students. There are […]