education

Residents, native leaders ask Skowhegan school board to finally retire racist mascot

During a dramatic presentation before the Skowhegan school board Thursday evening, Skowhegan residents echoed the request of local members of Penobscot Nation and implored the panel to retire the town’s offensive mascot. “I would hate to think how Native American children felt here at Skowhegan High School each time a depiction of their culture was used as a mascot,” said

Natasha Irving

New face of Maine politics is young, female, and disrupting ‘politics as usual’

This month’s elections were defined by high voter turnout, the triumph of Maine’s first female governor-elect and many other women

federal

Collins breaks with Flake, refuses to compel vote on protecting Mueller

Senator Susan Collins has declined to join her Republican colleague Sen. Jeff Flake in using the processes of the Senate

podcast
federal

With final count complete, Jared Golden is headed to Congress

Marking the first time a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives has been decided through ranked choice voting and

League of Women Voters

Elections expert: Poliquin’s lawsuit is baseless and harmful to democracy

With Jared Golden declared the winner in Maine’s Second Congressional District in the first U.S. House race decided by ranked

money in politics

Support for Maine Republicans’ anti-Muslim initiative falls flat

Last Tuesday’s election not only marked the downfall of Maine candidates who dealt in anti-immigrant fear-mongering, but also an initiative

Paul LePage

New poll shows that a majority of Mainers support a progressive tax code

A poll released Tuesday by the Maine Center for Economic Policy found that 63 percent of Mainers believe the wealthy

racial justice

Meet the candidates for Maine AG, the most important race you haven’t heard of

In this special episode of the Beacon podcast, Taryn Hallweaver interviews all four Democratic candidates running for Attorney General in

Bruce Poliquin

Ranked-choice calculations favor Golden as Republicans raise unfounded fears

Counting continues today in the close, and closely-watched, race for Maine’s Second Congressional District. Initial, unofficial totals showed incumbent Bruce

activism

Advocates press ahead with Medicaid suit, say LePage must be held accountable for delay

Though heartened by Governor-elect Janet Mills’ pledge to make voter-approved Medicaid expansion her first order of business, health care advocates

caregiving

With Maine’s new Democratic government, progress just became possible

With Democrats having won the governorship and Maine House and Senate by wide margins in Tuesday’s elections, the new governing

municipal

As Maine goes blue statewide, progressives also score wins on local level

The “blue wave” that washed across Maine on Tuesday did not stop at the governorship and Maine legislature, which are

immigration

Mainers voted out Republicans who ran on bigotry and fear

Led by President Donald Trump, the Republican Party has increasingly relied on anti-immigrant rhetoric and racist appeals as a strategy

caregiving

With loss of Question 1, home care advocates turn attention to legislature

Question 1, an initiative to guarantee universal access to home care for seniors and Mainers with disabilities, lost in a

Maine Legislature

Your vote matters: Past elections show Maine politics can swing on a small number of votes

As Mainers head to the polls on Tuesday to cast their votes in a number of hotly-contested state and federal

democracy

Joining national wave of young voters, Maine students work to get out the vote

National youth voter turnout this Tuesday has the potential to smash previous records and Maine students are hustling to turn