Maine is ‘a sleeping giant’ — Rankings finds the state patriotic, safe and with great food

17-month-old Olivia Romanelli of Glenburn reacts to applause as she showed off her fancy stickwork on a snare drum before her dad Sgt. Rick Romannelli, a baritone saxophonist, and other members of the 195th Maine Army National Guard Band performed during Corinth's 200th Birthday "Incorporation Day" celebration in this 2011 BDN file photo. Real estate website Motovo named Maine the country's second most patriotic state. (BDN photo by John Clarke Russ)

Over the past few weeks, Maine has gotten another wave of listicle/ranking love, and rather than milk them all individually for blog posts, we’ve decided to cram them all into a single roundup. The real estate website Motovo has blasted out a pair of July maps ranking states on their respective patriotism (what with Independence […]

Research suggests Maine is one of America’s most ideologically ‘loose’ states

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Don’t read that headline the wrong way. For the purposes of this discussion, ideological “looseness” is strictly referring to how flexible — or not — people are in terms of enforcing rules and accepting variances from social norms. In new research by Jesse Harrington and Michele Gelfand of the University of Maryland Department of Psychology, published […]