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Jim Boyle

Gov. LePage will soon be out of office (finally). Here’s who’s lining up to replace him.

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn, Ben and Mike examine the rapidly-expanding gubernatorial field and new fundraising numbers. They also discuss the latest federal health care happenings (and why

cartoon

North Pond who? Rep. Poliquin is now Maine’s best-known hermit

We’re proud to welcome Beacon’s new cartoonist, Greg Kearney, who has some thoughts about Rep. Poliquin’s tendency to alternately scurry away from and attack his constituents.

drug policy

Maine lags country in opioid response because of failure to expand Medicaid

Across the United States, Medicaid is playing a crucial role in responding to the fight against the opioid crisis—except in Maine—where one person per day is dying from a drug-related overdose,

Marie Follayttar Smith

Mainers celebrate defeat of Republican health care repeal

Dozens of health care advocates visited all six district offices of Senator Susan Collins across Maine on Tuesday to thank her for her decision to oppose the latest iterations of

environment

Bill to protect Maine firefighters from cancer hangs in the balance

Too many firefighters are getting cancer. Sixty percent of firefighter job-related deaths are due to cancer, and firefighters develop over 10 types of cancer more often than the general population

Susan Collins

New Senate health care repeal plan targets the chronically ill

The latest Senate health proposal reins in costs by effectively splitting the individual insurance market, with healthy people diverted into stripped-down plans and chronically ill individuals left with pricey and

economy

Sen. Collins eviscerates Republican plan to cut Medicaid

Appearing on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Maine Senator Susan Collins gave her most devastating assessment yet of the Republican plan to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicaid

health care

Poliquin dismisses seniors with health care questions as ‘socialists’ in league with Pelosi

This week, Maine’s 2nd District Congressman, Republican Bruce Poliquin, caught heat for gracelessly ducking out of a senior citizens facility in Bangor after being asked repeatedly by residents and guests

environment

Maine Democrats need to express a vision for a better future, not sugarcoat defeat

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben, Taryn and Mike discuss the tactical and messaging missteps of Democrats in the legislature and why they matter now more than ever. Also:

health care

Analysis: Senate health care repeal plan would devastate rural Maine

US Senate Republicans are still pushing to pass their latest version of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, despite analysis from the Congressional Budget Office and others that shows that the Better Care

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