Articles by Amy Fried


Johnson and Stein cannot win, but they can help Trump win

on Sept. 20, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
Republican strategist Karl Rove wanted Maine’s electoral votes in 2000 but didn’t get them. A story broke five days before Election Day about George W. Bush’s charge for driving under the influence in Kennebunkport when he was 30. As Rove recounted, campaign polling had Bush ahead in Maine before the …

Susan Collins featured in ad of Republicans criticizing Trump

on Sept. 12, 2016, at 8:56 a.m.
Some high profile Maine Republicans, including state Senator Roger Katz, former U.S. Senator Bill Cohen and current U.S. Senator Susan Collins, have said they will not vote for Donald Trump for president. Of those, Sen. Cohen has said he will be voting for Hillary Clinton. Now an ad is out …

LePage’s governorship is essentially over

on Sept. 06, 2016, at 10:09 a.m.
What happens in November will affect what can be accomplished during the last two years of LePage’s governorship.

Why Trump’s pivot will fail

on Aug. 23, 2016, at 9:07 a.m.
Last week, Donald Trump said he is trying to pivot. For a few days afterwards, Trump talked somewhat differently and appeared to shift his position on immigration, the issue with which he started his campaign. But pivoting highlights Trump’s campaign woes and probably won’t convince people who have already created …

For most Americans, Trump’s temperament alone disqualifies him

on Aug. 09, 2016, at 9:08 a.m.
In the most recent ABC/Washington Post poll, only one-third of Americans see Trump as having “the kind of personality and temperament to serve effectively as president.”

Clinton speech wasn’t rhetorically brilliant. That made it work.

on July 29, 2016, at 11:39 a.m.
Hillary Clinton is a policy wonk who, whether as an elected official or not, has been in the arena for decades, Her speech wasn’t rhetorically strong like the ones given by the Obamas, Bill Clinton, Cory Booker and some others. But it was a speech that was authentically Hillary Clinton. …

Closing an incredible convention, Clinton can tap profound moments of her life and campaign

on July 28, 2016, at 10:13 a.m.
What a Democratic convention it’s been, full of optimism and remarkable rhetoric. Sure, there are still some Sanders delegates who haven’t moved toward Clinton and maybe never will, but they are a small portion overall. Unity was promoted by the very process of being in the hall together and hearing …

Is our outlandish, consequential presidential campaign too far-fetched for Hollywood?

on July 26, 2016, at 10:31 a.m.
This political season’s peculiarities should not obscure the seriousness of the choice.

Uproar in Philly does not reflect most Sanders backers

on July 25, 2016, at 4:28 p.m.
There’s uproar in the streets of Philadelphia, as pro-Sanders protestors carry signs, a giant paper mache marijuana joint and shout (sometimes vulgar) slogans. And today, when Sen. Bernie Sanders held a meeting with delegates, some booed when he said they should support Hillary Clinton. But how representative are these individuals of …

Is Trump getting a negative bounce from the GOP convention?

on July 21, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
The Republican National Convention has been tough for Donald Trump. Coverage of the first day focused on plagiarism in Melania Trump’s speech. Coverage of the second day focused on authoritarian elements of various speeches and more about the plagiarism. Coverage of the third day has focused so far on Ted …

Authoritarianism and fear at the Trumpian GOP convention

on July 20, 2016, at 10:12 a.m.
Has there ever been a scarier, more authoritarian vision of politics than the one shown at the Republican convention in Cleveland? If so, I can’t remember it. The convention’s first night, dedicated to the theme of Make America Safe Again, promoted the ideas that crime has risen, immigrants are criminals …

Where does Sanders’ revolution go next?

on July 12, 2016, at 8:52 a.m.
Bernie Sanders has urged his supporters to run for office and get involved in local campaigns. That’s a route followed by numerous Democrats who have been disappointed by a political loss.

Clinton critics blast emails as GOP national security Trump critics shrug

on July 06, 2016, at 3:57 p.m.
After FBI Director James Comey announced it didn’t make sense to indict Hillary Clinton over anything to do with her State Department emails, her critics got very angry. Some, including Donald Trump, got very angry and floated conspiracy theories about why she wasn’t being charged. A group of Republicans with …

As Trump arrives in Bangor, more Republicans step away

on June 29, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
Donald Trump’s trip to Bangor comes at a time when many in his own party have distanced themselves from him. This is a national phenomenon. Trump is so toxic that Republicans are deciding not to go to the Republican National Convention and turning down speaking roles. Funding for the convention …

How stiffing small businesses, giving counterfeit cufflinks define Donald Trump

on June 28, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
Trump is authentically something, but it’s not authentically honest.

Why the Orlando murders demand a political response

on June 14, 2016, at 9:09 a.m.
I went to a vigil for the victims of the Orlando massacre, and it was not enough.

Film Clinton showed at victory party included Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith

on June 08, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
Amy Fried: Hillary Clinton marked the historic nature of her candidacy as the first woman to be the presumptive nominee of a major political party.

Polls won’t help Sanders with superdelegates. Here are five polling reasons why.

on June 07, 2016, at 6 a.m.
In the waning time before the last Democratic presidential primaries, Sanders has hitched his hopes on the superdelegates overturning pledged delegates and giving him the nomination.

These 3 choices will most shape the Clinton vs. Trump race

on May 31, 2016, at 10:56 a.m.
Sanders must decide how he’ll end his campaign. The Sanders and Clinton camps need to make amends. And Trump needs to focus on how he’ll run his campaign.

These two videos show how Clinton will clinch the Democratic nomination on June 7

on May 30, 2016, at 11:25 a.m.
Only a few contests remain in the Democratic nomination schedule. The Virgin Islands will vote on June 4, followed by Puerto Rico on June 5. The final primary is June 14 in Washington, D.C. Between those are the contests of June 7 in New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, …