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Dr. Ronald Schmidt is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of History and Political Science at the University of Southern Maine.

democracy

Schmidt: They may have failed to close the Ethics Office, but don’t expect Republicans to act ethically

The first day a Congress meets is filled with so much ceremony – swearings-in, the introduction of family members and so on – that we often miss the important business

organizing

Schmidt: What Judy Garland can teach us about politics in 2017

I love writing this column. I love figuring it out in my head, in the shower or on my commute; I love being forced to articulate my responses to political

Maine Ethics Commission

Schmidt: Ethics Commission votes to make Maine elections a little less ‘rigged’

It has become a cliché in American politics to suggest that our elections system has been corrupted, or “bought,” or “rigged.” This year, even electoral victors, Governor Paul LePage and

Donald Trump

Schmidt: We must recommit ourselves to an endless war for justice in America

There has been a lot of debate about the dangers of normalizing the Trump victory. (See here, here, and here for examples.) On the one hand, as people rightfully point

democracy

Schmidt: White Americans have become the most special of interests

On January 20th, 2017, the first African American president of the United States will hand over the White House to a man who was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan.

racial justice

Schmidt: Donald Trump’s own hate will likely destroy him today, but then what?

“Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.” I’ve returned obsessively to this quote of James Baldwin’s in

human rights

Gov. LePage may recognize how badly Trump’s attack on democracy could backfire

Is there trouble in paradise? Governor LePage, who has been an enthusiastic fan of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, was not on hand to introduce Trump at his latest visit

Paul LePage

After being caught on tape bragging about sexual assault, Trump plans trip to Maine

Another hateful, self-pitying thug is trying to implicate Maine in his reign of terror, and we need to stop him. Eric Trump visited Maine’s Second Congressional District last week, and,

racial justice

Mainers should consider the consequences before voting third party

On September 13th, the Boston Globe published the results of a Globe/Colby College poll that showed that the presidential race in Maine had narrowed. A lot. Back at the beginning

Mary Mayhew

Gov. LePage’s privatization scheme offers insight into his worldview

The Maine Sunday Telegram just broke the news that the LePage Administration is near to closing a deal to privatize the ASPIRE program, and the story left me wondering, yet