The difference between the White House and a Maine sewer district

Sam Smith - Taking a short break from national politics, I spent some time today reviewing the candidates for a local election here in Maine, namely members of Freeport Sewer District board. Among the candidates: · Michael Ashby is a clam digger who wants to make sure “we have clean water for everyone.” And he … Continue reading The difference between the White House and a Maine sewer district

My two years as a politician

Sam Smith - In 1974, a liberal Minnesota congressmember, Donald Frazer, manged to sneak into DC’s home rule bill for elected advisory neighborhood councils. We became the second city in the country with them. Washington DC's advisory neighborhood commissions would represent a unique counter-trend in American politics, away from a century-long growth of political institutions … Continue reading My two years as a politician

The issue that’s killing the left

Sam Smith 2010 Rasmussen Reports has come out with a fascinating poll that goes a long way towards explaining why not only liberals are doing so badly, but the left in general, the Democratic Party and Barack Obama. Here's what the poll found: - Forty-three percent of U.S. voters rate the performance of their local … Continue reading The issue that’s killing the left