Posts From Beacon Staff

racial justice

August 28, 2015 – Women’s economic opportunity, Donald Trump and dog-whistle racism

In this episode of the Beacon podcast, Mike interviews Eliza Townsend, executive director of the Maine Women’s Lobby on earned paid sick days, the minimum wage, parental leave and other

Bruce Poliquin

Rep. Poliquin votes with Big Oil and Wall Street against Maine lobstermen

Ask a Maine lobsterman how the industry looks long-term and he’ll likely give you a mixed verdict. Global climate change has rapidly warmed Maine’s waters of late, which has led

municipal

Portland poll shows voters support tipped minimum wage increase

A survey of likely Portland voters, commissioned by the Maine People’s Alliance and conducted by the Maine People’s Resource Center, shows overwhelming support for several initiatives to raise the minimum

human rights

Women march for equality in Bangor

Women and allies gathered in downtown Bangor on Wednesday to celebrate the 95th anniversary of women’s suffrage and to highlight areas of continued economic and political inequality for women. Participants

education

Democrats protest Rep. Poliquin’s vote to cut Pell grants for poor students

On Monday, Maine Democrats once again made an issue of Second-District Representative Bruce Poliquin’s vote for the House Republican budget plan, this time highlighting a part of the legislation that

Paul LePage

Rachel Maddow mocks Gov. LePage’s offer to resign

Last night on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow had some fun with Governor Paul LePage’s statement, made to radio station WGAN, that he’ll resign if enough Maine people want him to. Maddow

podcast

August 21, 2015 – Reproductive rights, Black Lives Matter and Ashley Madison

In this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Kate Brogan of Maine Family Planning discusses the attacks on and successes of reproductive health care for women in the Maine legislature this

fair wages

Bangor City Council considering two new minimum wage proposals

Bangor City Council’s Business and Economic Development Committee heard two new proposals on Tuesday night related to increasing the minimum wage. One, a resolution endorsing efforts by Mainers for Fair

money in politics

Mainers for Accountable Elections launches first campaign ad

Mainers for Accountable Elections, the coalition supporting a “Yes” vote on Question 1 this November in order to restore and strengthen Maine’s clean elections system, has lunched its first campaign

municipal

August 14, 2015 – The story behind Lewiston’s worst slumlords

On Tuesday, the Maine People’s Alliance, the Neighborhood Housing League and other local housing advocates and experts held a press conference outside a dilapidated apartment building in Lewiston to release