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Ethics And The Election Of 1996, Steve Ballard Jan 1996

Ethics And The Election Of 1996, Steve Ballard

Maine Policy Review

In the Margaret Chase Smith Essay, Steve Ballard discusses the Maine Code of Election Ethics: its origins, its successes and failures, and how it can be improved. Pioneered by the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, the code is a unique response to a national problem—making representative government work.


One Question At A Time, Please!, Chris Spruce Jan 1996

One Question At A Time, Please!, Chris Spruce

Maine Policy Review

In the Margaret Chase Smith Essay, Chris Spruce addresses the conundrum of public referenda, championed by many as the most direct form of democracy and criticized by others for creating winners and losers without the traditional give and take of American politics. He reviews the recent history of public referenda in Maine, including the recent clear-cutting initiative. Perhaps we lose more than we gain when we oversimplify complex public issues with inherently conflicting values biases.