Tag Archives: elections

Is Eliot Cutler really a spoiler?

  Even more important than the title of this piece: in free democratic elections, is there really such a thing as a spoiler? Or should every candidate fight for each vote to the bitter end? Easily this year’s most entertaining gubernatorial race is in Maine, where the contest between Gov. Paul LePage, (R), U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud,(D), and […]

Reform Congress with populist pensions?

  In the never-ending salvos fired between the legislative and executive branches over budget cutting, our nation’s debt ceiling, and all matters fiscal, President Barack Obama once proclaimed all government spending “on the table.” No pet rocks. But in these months leading into midterm elections, and putting aside the separate and considerable deliberation on tax hikes […]

Can we please finally reform the Electoral College?

Every four years, when I see this map above (or variations thereof), I’m dismayed. Regardless of who wins the presidency, just looking at the potpourri of red and blue for a year leading up to the November general election is tantamount to a national disgrace. It’s not that I’m at odds with the reasoning of the Founding Fathers […]