Colin Woodard

Sen. Collins Marries Friend, Mentor

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) got married for the first time this weekend in her hometown of Caribou, Maine to political consultant Thomas A Daffron III in a small private ceremony. It’s her first marriage, his second. As my recent profile of the groom reveals, Collins, 59, and Daffron, 73, have known each other for a… Read more »

What Makes Maine Gov. Paul LePage Tick So Strangely?

This week, Maine Governor Paul LePage has once again been in the national news for all the wrong reasons. To refresh your memory, he’s the same guy who, on the eve of the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday decided to tell the NAACP to “kiss my butt”, and who defended an effort to lift… Read more »

On the Rise of the (Deep) Southern Oligarchy

The Southern oligarchy has been taking a beating in the blogosphere this week, and it seems I’m partly to blame. Sara Robinson, editor of AlterNet’s Visions section, put out this post on the Southern aristocracy’s nefarious influence on current American politics and society last week, which was cross-posted at Salon this past weekend, where it… Read more »