Colin Woodard

Romney, Dixie, and the Future of the Electoral College

As election day quickly – nay, mercifully – approaches, commentators have been contemplating the possibility that Barack Obama might win the election while losing the popular vote, and fact that this would be due to the president’s marked shortage of supporters in “the South”. Ironically, if this should happen it might well give the Electoral… Read more »

Who is the Future U.S. Senator from Maine?

Last February, my home state of Maine was thrust into the national political spotlight by US Senator Olympia Snowe’s sudden and surprising announcement that she was abandoning her reelection bid. Democrats saw an opportunity to flip a seat long held by moderate Republicans, while the state’s Tea Party crowd salivated at the chance to put… Read more »

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 »