Jill Goldthwait

  • Gun debate madness

    Gun debate madness

    Last Saturday, young people all over the country poured onto the streets to say, “Enough!” That included kids in Hancock County, who bussed down to Boston or turned out closer to home for marches, gatherings and conversation. They are stepping up to take on the responsibility that our leaders have shirked. They have initiated a

  • Ins and outs of ballot access

    Ins and outs of ballot access

    Saved! At the closing bell for party candidates, Democrat Chris Keefe of Ellsworth and Republican Mark Remick of Trenton stepped up to run for state representative for District 132, representing Ellsworth and Trenton. The seat was vacated by the term-limited Louie Luchini, a Democrat, and until perilously close to the March 15 deadline, there were

  • Port authority and home rule

    Port authority and home rule

    No job too small? Gov. Paul LePage stepped into a local debate about a port authority for the town of Bar Harbor, vetoing a bill that would have allowed town voters to decide whether they want one or not. Interest in the authority extends beyond Bar Harbor. Residents of the towns around Frenchman Bay have

  • A new generation of leaders

    A new generation of leaders

    By Jill Goldthwait At a recent event in Washington, D.C., promoting independent candidates for office, Maine’s Terry Hayes, an independent running for governor, said, “it’s time to break the stranglehold of partisanship and embrace a new, nonpartisan, common sense path forward that puts country over party.” Amen, sister! The definition of insanity, that if you

  • LePage vs. Jabar is unseemly

    LePage vs. Jabar is unseemly

    Though it is still safe to say there is no one like Ruth Foster, last week’s statement that she was the first woman from Hancock County to serve in the legislature was incorrect. That honor goes to Republican Natalie Shepard of Stonington, who served two terms in the House (1959-62). Described by a newspaper as

  • It’s not too late to run

    It’s not too late to run

    The deadline for party candidates to register for the June primaries is March 15, just three weeks away. Time’s a-wasting, and candidates are rather thin on the ground in Hancock County. Only two of eight House races currently have a candidate from each party. Those are in Districts 136 (east of Ellsworth plus Mariaville, Osborn

  • ‘Big stick’ governance

    ‘Big stick’ governance

    If you drove by the Blaine House last week, you may have caught a glimpse of Gov. Paul LePage standing in front of an open window, breathing deeply and doing his stretching exercises in preparation for this week’s State of the State address. As part of his warm-up routine, he was walking loudly in the

  • Candidates in it to win it

    Candidates in it to win it

    The headcount for the 2018 gubernatorial election stands at 24, down from a high of 29. Five candidates have withdrawn from the race. Both Libertarians and one of two Green Independent candidates have left the field, as have one Democrat and one Republican. Running for governor is a daunting proposition. For those who have never