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Maine Democratic Party

Maine Democrats seek public input on issues and strategy

The Maine Democratic Party is conducting a series of public forums and is promoting an online survey to gauge Maine progressives’ passions and priorities. “Now more than ever, Maine needs

racial justice

Three things you can do right now to help Maine immigrants targeted by Trump

Last week the Trump administration once again attempted to put in place a new travel ban targeting a set of majority-Muslim nations, and once again federal courts blocked the ban

federal

It’s like Trumpcare was designed to hurt Maine, and Rep. Poliquin’s political future

This week on the Beacon podcast, Mike, Taryn and Ben talk health care, including the effects on Mainers of the Republican health care proposal and what a new poll tells

health care

Trumpcare is devastating for older Mainers, but it’s pretty awful for young people too

When the Republican-written replacement for the Affordable Care Act was unleashed upon the world last week, the immediate reactions ranged rightfully from skeptical to outraged. Since the unveiling, the bill

economy

Wages and jobs surge in Maine following minimum wage increase

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released data from January, the first month where Maine’s new minimum wage increase was in effect, and the results are incredibly promising. Average

federal

GOP plan would spike premiums for older, poor, rural Mainers by 1500% (no, that’s not a typo)

New analysis by the Maine Center for Economic Policy shows that Washington Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act will hit Mainers especially hard, due to the restructuring of

health care

Republican health care repeal would deepen Maine’s opioid crisis

The plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act advanced by House Republicans would be disastrous for Maine’s attempts to deal with the state’s ongoing opioid abuse crisis, according to national

Paul LePage

Attempts to undermine referendum results are a profound insult to Maine voters

At the risk of sounding a tad alarmist, I think it’s worth pointing out that our elected officials are actively working to undermine the results of the last election. No

state budget

Gov. LePage’s justification for cutting taxes for the wealthy is farcical

Economic impact analysis is not an exact science. It is rife with assumptions. Bad assumptions result in bad analysis. And bad analysis yields bad public policy. Look no further  than

Maine Legislature

Maine workers fight to protect minimum wage increase

More than 150 workers from across Maine visited the State House on Thursday to ask legislators a simple question: do you stand with working families, or with large corporations and