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Susan Collins

Wave of protests greet Sen. Collins as she returns to Maine

Senator Collins returned home to Maine this week for the congressional recess and was greeted with a series of rallies and protests across the state calling on her to meet

organizing

Hard work pays off as health care expansion referendum heads to ballot

Members of the Mainers for Health Care coalition are celebrating the announcement that Maine’s Secretary of State has officially certified more than enough signatures to place a Citizen Initiative to

public assistance

Mainers launch campaign for guaranteed child care for kids and home care for seniors

Parents, policy experts, Maine state legislators and advocates for children and the elderly gathered at Roots and Fruits Preschool in South Portland on Monday to unveil the details of a

Steve Hewins

Will Maine restaurants divest from Trump and LePage?

Progressive activists are asking local restaurants to cancel their membership with the Maine Restaurant Association, a branch of the National Restaurant Association, following a series of controversial actions by the

fair wages

Maine’s resistance gets organized

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike thank the hard-working organizers who are putting together the upcoming Maine Resistance Summit – all are welcome. Also: A UMaine student

immigration

Maine teacher and Sudanese refugee has an amazing, emotional moment on Ellen

There were plenty of tears on The Ellen Show on Thursday, as Mainer Ekhlas Ahmed shared her story of fleeing the genocide in Sudan with her family at the age

Nate Libby

Maine students fight for their voting rights

Lawmakers in Augusta heard testimony on Wednesday from Maine students speaking out against Republican-sponsored legislation to restrict voting rights. The two bills, one to require Photo ID to vote and

corporate influence

Maine Restaurant Association backs Trump’s Labor nominee in letter to Collins

The Maine Restaurant Association, the industry lobby group that fought an unsuccessful campaign to stop the state minimum wage increase referendum last year, has begun pressuring Maine Senator Susan Collins

podcast

Is Mary Mayhew Dolores Umbridge and other important questions

This week on the Beacon podcast Taryn, Ben and Mike discuss Governor LePage’s State of the State address, how DHHS misdirected more than $13 million meant to help poor kids,

small business

Maine small business owners head to Washington to save the ACA

Nine small business owners from across Maine traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with the state’s congressional delegation and request that they vote to preserve the core of