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When will we learn to stop placating Republicans?

If they aren’t even going to appreciate or acknowledge that Democrats are meeting them halfway, why even try?

https://mainebeacon.com/opinion-when-will-we-learn-to-stop-placating-republicans/
When will we learn to stop placating Republicans? 1900 700 Ethan Strimling

Ban Stock Trading for Congress

When a senator sits in a private briefing and is told that the pandemic is about to wreck our tourism industry, and then sells all his shares in a hotel chain, one starts to get suspicious

https://bangordailynews.com/2022/02/23/opinion/opinion-contributor/stock-trading-and-law-making-dont-mix/
Ban Stock Trading for Congress 700 526 Ethan Strimling

Gov. Mills Addresses the State of our State (and kicks off her re-election)

From free college to tax rebates, both sides got something they wanted in Mills State of the State address. Or did they?

https://bangordailynews.com/2022/02/17/opinion/opinion-contributor/the-state-of-janet-mills-reelection-speech-joam40zk0w/
Gov. Mills Addresses the State of our State (and kicks off her re-election) 1900 700 Ethan Strimling

Immigrants Should be Allowed to Vote

When our country was founded all you needed to vote in most states was to be white, male, and to own property. Being an immigrant didn’t matter. It still shouldn’t.

https://mainebeacon.com/opinion-portland-charter-commission-right-to-move-toward-allowing-immigrants-local-vote/
Immigrants Should be Allowed to Vote 1900 700 Ethan Strimling

Has rent control and city’s Green New Deal stifled development in Portland?

I so enjoy bragging about the effectiveness of progressive policies. Have you seen the impact of Portland’s Green New Deal and rent control?

https://bangordailynews.com/2022/02/10/opinion/opinion-contributor/has-rent-control-and-citys-green-new-deal-stifled-development-in-portland-joam40zk0w/
Has rent control and city’s Green New Deal stifled development in Portland? 1024 621 Ethan Strimling
Mills Acknowledges Tenants Union! 150 150 Ethan Strimling

Mills Acknowledges Tenants Union!

In Gov. Janet Mills’ state of the state address, perhaps for the first time in Maine history, she said the words “Tenant’s Union.”

The GOP & Dog Whistles are like Peanut Butter & Jelly

From Ronald Reagan’s race-baiting “welfare queens,” to George Bush Sr.’s Willie Horton ads, to Donald Trump (who didn’t even whistle), Maine Senate Republicans have now picked up the scent…

https://mainebeacon.com/opinion-a-racist-dog-whistle-in-a-maine-republican-senate-ad/
The GOP & Dog Whistles are like Peanut Butter & Jelly 500 500 Ethan Strimling

Landlords and tenants have rights. What happens when they clash?

In my opinion, my case aside, no family should have their home taken away from them through no fault of their own. You want to make money off public accommodation, then understand the “public” also has rights.

https://bangordailynews.com/2022/02/03/opinion/opinion-contributor/landlords-and-tenants-have-rights-what-happens-when-they-clash-joam40zk0w/
Landlords and tenants have rights. What happens when they clash? 932 572 Ethan Strimling

It’s Time to Ban No-Fault Evictions

A single mother who has paid her rent for years, a quiet elderly tenant who has never bothered anyone, a young family trying to build some savings to buy a home, all can be evicted with a cruel 30-day notice. Onto the street. Anywhere in Maine. That’s called a “no-cause” eviction.

https://mainebeacon.com/opinion-its-time-to-ban-no-fault-evictions-in-maine/
It’s Time to Ban No-Fault Evictions 500 500 Ethan Strimling

Should Democratic Donors Boycott Democrats?

Certainly some may argue that withholding donations to Democrats for their failure to rise to the occasion may do serious damage to our country in the short term. Indeed, I have argued the same for years. But economic boycotts always involve the courage to withstand short-term sacrifice.

https://mainebeacon.com/opinion-will-withholding-money-from-democrats-make-them-act/
Should Democratic Donors Boycott Democrats? 500 500 Ethan Strimling
We Are 1 Maine & We Are Blue 150 150 Ethan Strimling

We Are 1 Maine & We Are Blue

I am a little tired of people claiming Maine is split politically. That there are “two Maines.”

Why Didn’t Dems Win More Seats 150 150 Ethan Strimling

Why Didn’t Dems Win More Seats

Democrats often debate whether to spread the resources to all comers or target them to specific races. Wrong debate.

Trump’s Mental Health 150 150 Ethan Strimling

Trump’s Mental Health

Let me reassure folks that Donald Trump’s current behavior is well within cognitive expectations.

Joe Biden Didn’t Win it 150 150 Ethan Strimling

Joe Biden Didn’t Win it

How did Joe Biden get rid of Donald Trump and take back the White House? He didn’t…