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fair wages

Minimum wage campaign hits signature goal, heading for 2016 ballot

On Wednesday, the campaign to place a minimum wage increase on the ballot in 2016 announced that it had collected more than 30,000 signatures from voters at polls across the

Ben Chin

Video: Chin leads heading into runoff for Lewiston mayor

Lewiston mayoral candidate Ben Chin celebrated with supporters last night after learning that he had won 44% of the vote, to incumbent Mayor Robert Macdonald’s 37%. The two candidates will

podcast

The baby episode

On this episode of the Beacon Podcast, recorded a couple days before Ben’s daughter was born, Ben and Mike ignore the upcoming election completely and instead talk about fatherhood. They

fair wages

Patriotic Millionaires launch Maine TV ad in support of raising the minimum wage

A group of wealthy Americans calling themselves the Patriotic Millionaires have just launched a TV ad in Maine in support of increasing the minimum wage. “There has never been a

environment

Ben Chin rallies opposition to Mayor Macdonald’s new trash bag fee

Lewiston mayoral candidate Ben Chin delivered more than a hundred petitions from local residents to City Hall today, opposing the plan supported by Mayor Robert Macdonald to begin charging a

housing

Ruling on home care workers’ wages will improve care for elderly Mainers

New federal rules have just gone into effect that will improve the economic well-being of home care workers. The change could have significant implications for Maine, the oldest state in

Bob Macdonald

Lewiston stands against hate

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike talk about the community response to the racist signs targeting Ben in the Lewiston mayoral race. They also discuss new support

money in politics

Gov. LePage says public campaign financing like “giving your wife your checkbook”

At a town hall meeting in Auburn on Wednesday night, Governor Paul LePage once again lashed out against Question 1, a citizen initiative to increase election transparency and strengthen Maine’s

racial justice

Ben Chin’s response to racist attacks is just perfect

More than a hundred Lewiston residents joined a rally on Main Street to denounce a set of racist signs attacking mayoral candidate Ben Chin. The event, organized by the non-partisan Lewiston

money in politics

Racist signs target mayoral candidate Ben Chin in Lewiston

Signs attacking Lewiston mayoral candidate Ben Chin with a racist Asian caricature and communist imagery have appeared on at least two buildings in downtown Lewiston. It’s not clear who installed