Articles by David Farmer


Hate needs nourishment. LePage and Trump provide it constantly.

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 1:05 p.m.
Violent, hateful rhetoric from political leaders is dangerous. It gives air to some of the ugliest impulses in society.

Washington Post calls out LePage’s ‘unhinged racism,’ says he should resign

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 8:42 p.m.
In a hard-hitting, blunt editorial published online tonight, The Washington Post, one of the most prestigious newspapers in the world, called upon Maine Gov. Paul LePage to resign. The paper cited the governor’s “unhinged racism and unhinged ravings” in a blistering editorial. The Post goes on to chronicle the governor’s …

LePage-induced gridlock gives birth to ballot initiatives

on Sept. 21, 2016, at 9:13 a.m.
The issues range from social and economic reform to election reform, but all five initiatives are on the ballot for a simple reason.

Voters hold only answer to the puzzle of LePage

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 9:56 a.m.
With a gridlocked Legislature and Republicans in the House and some in the Senate unwilling to act, Maine voters have only one reasonable recourse.

LePage has created more than a brand crisis

on Sept. 07, 2016, at 5:40 a.m.
For Republicans who are trying to find their way, you know how history will judge these events and LePage.

Unhinged and unfit, LePage tries to play the victim

on Aug. 31, 2016, at 5:45 a.m.
LePage has tried to go about normal business this week, but there’s no going back.

LePage again fails the test of character

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
When it comes to tests of character, Gov. Paul LePage rarely makes the grade. It’s nothing new for the governor to use race and fear to divide Maine. Like his juiced-up doppelganger Donald Trump, he’s perfectly fine with inciting violence, threatening illegal detention, abusing his authority to punish political opponents …

LePage’s dereliction of duty to protect public health is a disaster in waiting

on Aug. 17, 2016, at 9:25 a.m.
It appears Maine would no longer be capable of reacting to a public health emergency.

With tax laws, Poliquin has a troubling disregard that hurts everyone else

on Aug. 10, 2016, at 5:47 a.m.
The property tax bill comes when it comes, and most people pay it because it’s their obligation for being a good citizen.

No boost likely as Trump’s hateful campaign limps back to Maine

on Aug. 03, 2016, at 5:46 a.m.
The fact that Trump is paying so much attention to Maine isn’t a sign of strength here. It’s a sign of weakness just about everywhere else.

Think there’s no real difference between Clinton, Trump? You’re being ridiculous

on July 27, 2016, at 5:39 a.m.
David Farmer: It’s time to choose sides.

Trump stumbles into the nomination for president

on July 20, 2016, at 10:08 a.m.
The normal rules of politics would suggest that Trump is doomed but the rules of politics don’t seem to apply this campaign.

An anti-gay, hate-filled campaign launches on homophobic murder’s anniversary

on July 13, 2016, at 9:10 a.m.
In trying to roll back Maine’s anti-discrimination law, Michael Heath is making clear that his real intent is to make it illegal to be gay.

Trump is still courting Republicans, so he’s in a precarious position in Maine

on July 06, 2016, at 10:56 a.m.
Trump and his allies want to show that this time, really, Maine’s 2nd District is in play. But it’s a problem that Trump is still trying to consolidate GOP support.

LePage’s sketchy accounting takes from kids, as he gambles with their supper

on June 29, 2016, at 6:08 a.m.
LePage’s welfare politics are about being vindictive and allowing blind ideology to guide policy instead of research and evidence.

Portland councilors saw something, did something. Kids will live longer because they did.

on June 22, 2016, at 6:02 a.m.
With their unanimous vote to raise the tobacco sales age to 21, city councilors in Portland didn’t give in to the strong urge to “go along to get along.”

When thoughts and prayers are about hate, not healing

on June 15, 2016, at 8:52 a.m.
Despite enormous gains in efforts to protect gay and transgender people from discrimination, there has also been a dangerous backlash.

In California, the system shields a predator while putting his victim on trial

on June 08, 2016, at 6:24 a.m.
David Farmer: She was sexually assaulted by a man, then betrayed by a criminal justice system that diminished the crime against her.

LePage, Poliquin go out of their way to support discrimination

on June 01, 2016, at 6:02 a.m.
In the same week Gov. LePage decided to pick on vulnerable kids in other states, Rep. Bruce Poliquin also got tangled up in discrimination.

With Trump and LePage, finding the truth through a demagogue’s haze

on May 25, 2016, at 11:05 a.m.
Asserting the facts isn’t pro-Clinton, pro-Democrat, anti-LePage or anti-Trump. It’s pro-truth.