democracy

Nicola Chin: Progressives should lead the way on Question 5

Question 5 to enact Ranked Choice Voting will give more voice and more choice to Maine Voters. It eliminates “vote splitting” and the “spoiler effect.” I am fired up about this issue and following up on the house party we hosted in Lewiston this summer, I wanted to share some important updates and links. This common-sense reform has broad support

League of Women Voters

Happy National Voter Registration Day!

Local voting-rights advocates are hoping the first presidential debate primed the pump to get more Mainers registered to vote. Today

Hillary Clinton

Mainers should consider the consequences before voting third party

On September 13th, the Boston Globe published the results of a Globe/Colby College poll that showed that the presidential race

education

Small business owners back Question 2 and Penobscots protest a pipeline

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Will Ikard of the Maine Small Business Coalition joins Mike as a guest host

small business

Maine Democrats attempt to steer election back to family and economic issues

After weeks of national and international attention to a series of violent and racist statements by Governor Paul LePage and

state budget

Study: Question 2 will undo tax breaks for the wealthy, raise $159 million for Maine schools

On November 8, Maine voters will consider Question 2, a ballot initiative that would roll back recent tax breaks for

gender

New tracking poll charts Trump’s gains in Maine

A new poll conducted for Beacon by the Maine People’s Resource Center shows significant gains for Republican presidential candidate Donald

nutrition

Maine: First in farms and in food insecurity

Maine farmers stepped up to help fight hunger this weekend with a parade from the Augusta Food Bank to the

organizing

Mainers rally in solidarity with Dakota Access Pipeline resistance

More than a hundred Mainers gathered in Congress Square Park in Portland on Saturday to show support for the indigenous

small business

Bob’s Clam Hut ad shows how minimum wage increase will boost Maine small businesses

Kittery landmark Bob’s Clam Hut is featured in a new campaign ad just launched by Mainers for Fair Wages. In

immigration

Here’s how Trump could win in Maine

On this week’s Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike talk about the new polls showing Trump even or ahead in Maine’s

health care

New studies show how much Maine is losing with failure to accept Medicaid funds

Several recent studies and analyses of the 31 states that have accepted federal money to increase access to health care

retirement security

Rep. Poliquin’s votes against Medicare, Social Security come back to haunt him

Max Richtman, the President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, visited Maine last week