Posts From Beacon Staff

Mark Eves

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

democracy

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.

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

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

climate change

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

Rep. Poliquin flees retirement facility when seniors question his health care repeal vote

Maine Second-District Congressman Bruce Poliquin visited Nason Park Manor, a senior living community in Bangor, on Tuesday to hold a press conference on issues important to older Mainers. When seniors

democracy

Budget negotiations are more difficult when Democrats don’t stand for fair taxes

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Taryn has an observation, a question and a reflection about the state budget and argues that we should still have faith in the referendum

fair taxes

Giving in to Republican hostage-taking would make things far worse

With a final state budget deadline looming, Taryn and Mike discuss how Republicans have begun moving in the opposite direction from compromise, basically upping the ransom for the state they’re

public assistance

Hundreds are protesting for a fair state budget – here are some of the best signs

More than two hundred Mainers packed the halls of the State House on Monday, calling on Republican legislators to stop holding up a budget agreement in an attempt to force

Mainers for Accountable Leadership

Mainers praised for health care activism, and they aren’t slowing down

The Republican health care repeal effort has sparked a firestorm of protest across the country, but it was activists in Maine who came immediately to mind for Ezra Levin, a