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Sen. King stands with Planned Parenthood in speech from Senate floor

While Senator Susan Collins is receiving criticism for her vote to defund Planned Parenthood on Monday, Maine’s junior senator, independent Angus King, has made his position clear in favor of

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Sen. Collins criticized for vote to defund Planned Parenthood

Maine Senator Susan Collins is garnering local and national attention for her vote yesterday in favor of an unsuccessful effort to strip public funding from Planned Parenthood clinics across the

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July 31, 2015 – The Maine politics lightning round

In this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Ben Chin and Mike Tipping discuss four issues, two of which were suggested by listeners on the Facebook page: small businesses endorsing the

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Maine small businesses endorse minimum wage increase

More than 150 Maine small businesses announced their public support today for Mainers for Fair Wages’ ballot campaign to raise the state minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

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Maine could regain nation’s most accountable elections

200 Mainers gathered in Augusta today to launch the “Yes on 1” campaign for the referendum election this November. At issue is a citizen’s initiative meant to ensure that politicians

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Gov. LePage writes off half the state of Maine

In a personal note he wrote in reply a Cape Elizabeth constituent who had asked him to resign, Governor Paul LePage has declared Mainers from the southern part of the

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July 24, 2015 – Abuses of power

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss the latest allegation of Governor LePage using the financial authority of his office to punish those with whom he disagrees. Mike gives

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July 17, 2015 – Three fronts in Maine’s minimum wage fight

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike talk about the municipal minimum wage increases in Portland and Bangor and new fundraising totals for the statewide referendum campaign to

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Follow these Maine activists at Netroots Nation

Netroots Nation is country’s largest gathering of tech-savvy progressive activists. Held this year in Phoenix, Arizona, the conference will feature more than 120 panels and training sessions as well as

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Sen. King calls out Republicans for playing politics on Iran deal

Calling it “a vote that entails risks of war and peace, of life and death” Maine Senator Angus King spoke from the Senate floor today to ask his colleagues to