Posts From Grady Burns

Grady Burns
Grady Burns 27 posts

Grady Burns is an activist on issues involving young Mainers. He serves on the Auburn City Council and is president of the Maine Young Democrats.

food

The LePage administration has abandoned a generation of Maine children to poverty

Last week in Androscoggin county, a panel of child poverty experts came together at Bates College and produced an absolutely stark set of data. According to the reporting of the

Susan Collins

Sen. Collins pulls off a masterful pivot on the filibuster

In political jargon, a “pivot” is similar in a lot of ways to its definition in sports: you plant yourself, spin, and try to move as quickly as possible in

fair wages

New attempt to cut Maine’s minimum wage targets younger workers

In the ongoing battle to protect the minimum wage law passed overwhelmingly by Maine voters last November, the fight to preserve the inclusion of tipped workers—now in danger of repeal

Supreme Court

Sen. Collins’ legacy hinges on how hard she fights to save the filibuster

This week, Senator Susan Collins finds herself at critical crossroads that stands to either salvage her increasingly tarnished legacy as a Senate “institutionalist” or reveal her as one of the

Paul LePage

Gov. LePage’s tax cuts for the wealthy create a crisis for Maine towns

While state budget debates often spiral off into complex and abstract issues that are hard for an average citizen to digest, at the town and city level the impact of

reproductive freedom

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

fair taxes

Sen. Dow attempts to shield wealthy from taxes, undo Question 2

When I wrote last week about members of the state Legislature working to undermine the will of Maine voters by rolling back key provisions of the referenda passed into law

Maine Restaurant Association

Democratic legislators are about to rob Maine of a minimum wage victory

As the president of the Maine Young Democrats, I take very seriously questions regarding creating unnecessary division in an environment where forward motion for progressive political change requires both political

health care

The Resistance is evolving, and growing in strength

Something is afoot in American politics these days. When massive, spontaneous protests took shape mere days into the new Trump administration, many observers and pundits were left asking whether the

corporate influence

Puzder’s withdrawal is a victory for the resistance, but next time won’t be so easy

On Wednesday afternoon, the Labor movement scored a major victory as Labor Secretary candidate Andrew Pudzer became the first nominee to the Trump Cabinet to go down in flames, with