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There are not any two methods – Maine Democrats had an awesome evening.
Gov. Janet Mills simply won re-election, bettering her margins over her 2018 race towards Shawn Moody and Terry Hayes.
The race for the 2nd congressional district will nominally end result in a ranked runoff, however US Rep. Jared Golden will return to Washington for a 3rd time period.
Republicans had a foul evening. Former Gov. Paul LePage underperformed severely whereas once-high hopes of retaking the Maine legislature fell by the wayside.
Democratic socialists additionally had a foul evening. Only one in every of their civic teams in Portland has handed. The two most dramatic questions of the town constitution – a so-called “strong mayor” and the elimination of college price range sovereignty from the town council – failed.
All in all, a good evaluation is that Maine stays a centrist state with a slight tilt. In 2022, it shaded to the left.
What does that imply for the long run?
When the 131st legislative session opens, it will likely be a possibility to begin afresh. Mills’ victory speech supplied her opponents and critics an olive department.
Other commentators equivalent to Ray Richardson and the Bangor Daily News editorial board have famous that in each victory and defeat we need to rediscover goodness.
They are alright.
It’s okay when folks have disagreements. Outside of the political enviornment, I’m positive most Maine households do not all the time see eye to eye. A father may imagine his kids needs to be raised a technique whereas the mom believes one other is greatest. Their distinction of opinion doesn’t make them enemies.
This may apply to tax coverage. Or training. Or social points. Or any of the myriad different issues that inevitably come up in public debate.
With the return of Democratic majorities in Augusta, it will likely be up to Republicans to curb extra. If even Portland opposes far-left political strikes, the latter ought to accomplish that fortunately. Governing requires stability.
As Maine’s 131st legislature takes workplace, Democrats ought to heed Mills’ invitation and comply with her lead. Republicans ought to stand agency in their beliefs and arise for his or her positions. But they need to accomplish that with the popularity that the Democrats aren’t enemies or villains, however people who’ve a unique thought of how Maine might be made higher.
Veterans Day is an efficient time to take inventory.
For a long time, legislators at each the state and federal ranges haven’t feared bipartisanship. While Democrats and Republicans typically disagreed, shared experiences—notably navy service in World War II or in Korea—created a foundation of belief.
It allowed opponents to disagree and battle loudly for his or her beliefs, with out forgetting, nevertheless, that opposition made no enemy. They had confronted actual enemies – Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, North Korea – in actual life and loss of life conditions. Debates about politics didn’t have the identical gravity.
That shared expertise is fading. Military service among the many American inhabitants continues to decline.
So we now have to discover one thing else to convey us collectively.
This problem falls primarily to Mills. As she prepares for her second inauguration, she should discover methods to flip her formidable phrases into motion. Will she discover methods to match Democratic majorities with GOP minorities? Will she lead from the middle and withdraw her allies from the Democratic Socialist extremes?
The Democrats had an awesome evening. Will this lead to an awesome two years for Maine?
Let’s hope so. And once they go astray, it is up to Republicans — as fellow residents — to appropriate them.