Friends don’t let friends voter shame when there is ranked-choice voting

Maine voters this year will be able to use ranked-choice voting for both the presidential election and the contest for one of Maine’s seats in the U.S. Senate. Photo credit goes to David Sharp/Associated Press

The week before Election Day more often than not is a blur in my memory. Several events from over the decade or so that I’ve been involved in politics remain stuck in my mind. One such event occurred during the waning days of the 2014 midterm election in Portland, Maine. I was working for Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler as a field organizer. Badly out-spent, and hammered relentlessly by the state Democrats as a spoiler campaign, we were bleeding supporters and had little hope of winning on Election Day…


Governor Steve Bullock of Montana and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts sparred on nuclear policy at the CNN Democratic primary debate on Tuesday. Image credit: 27f8c42b-5508–41e1-a8c7–393be4d3de70.jpeg

Who would have thought that the terribly moderated CNN Democratic primary debates might actually result in substantive political dialogue on the issue of nuclear strategy? It certainly surprised me. Towards the end of an otherwise domestic and social issue heavy debate, CNN moderator Jake Tapper precipitated the following dialogue between Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Montana Governor Steve Bullock highlighting and discussing Warren’s pledge to reject the option of a first-use nuclear strike in any circumstance:

[I edited out a lot of the interjections from Tapper and Lemon. The four digit codes are time signatures from the video.]

Jake Tapper…


There was nothing particularly special about Joseph Stalin’s “campaign speech” on February 9th, 1946. It hit all of the usual points: self-congratulation for the winning the war against fascism, a call for renewed peacetime industrial growth, and a warning about the warlike tendencies of capitalism. The election was for show only and the results were predetermined. Indeed, Stalin had made dozens of speeches just like it since taking power several decades before. Most Russia watchers wrote the speech off as simply more of the same. In Washington, however, Stalin’s speech struck a surprisingly discordant note. Already flummoxed by the Stalin’s…

Adam Pontius

Grad student at Central European University. Come for the takes on foreign policy and America politics, stay for the asides about hockey, travel and cat pics.

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