Maine Legislature

Gov. LePage’s Nazi-coddling remarks are both morally and factually wrong

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben, Mike and Taryn go line-by-unfortunate-line through Governor Paul LePage’s comments on the tragedy in Charlottesville, his “both sides” empowering of white supremacists and his defense of Confederate monuments. They provide contemporary and historical context to one of the Governor’s most appalling statements to date. They also offer a full-throated defense of the referendum

Paul LePage

Gov. LePage’s veto of Medicaid expansion has pushed hospitals to the financial brink

Last year, half of Maine’s hospitals ran an operating deficit. According to figures from the Maine Health Data Organization, two thirds of Maine’s hospitals have just one month’s cash on hand (or less). Why is this important for Mainers? Not only are hospitals the primary providers of health care in the state, they are also the largest employers in nearly every county. For years,

health care

Health care expansion will be Question 2 on Maine’s ballot this November

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap today conducted a random drawing to assign numbers for citizens’ initiatives that will appear on the November 7th ballot. The effort to expand Medicaid coverage, titled “An Act To Enhance Access to Affordable Health Care,” will be Question 2. “A ‘Yes’ vote on Question 2 will ensure 70,000 Mainers – including mothers and hardworking

climate change

How progressive are your Maine legislators?

21 legislators received perfect scores on the Maine People’s Alliance’s annual legislative scorecard, released today, which examined how votes taken by lawmakers in the first session of the 128th legislature

Paul LePage

Gov. LePage orders Department of Labor not to enforce minimum wage law

In a media statement released on Wednesday, Maine Governor Paul LePage announced that his administration will refuse to enforce a portion of the minimum wage law passed by referendum in

Maine Legislature

Gov. LePage’s Nazi-coddling remarks are both morally and factually wrong

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben, Mike and Taryn go line-by-unfortunate-line through Governor Paul LePage’s comments on the tragedy in Charlottesville, his “both sides” empowering of white supremacists and

Paul LePage

Gov. LePage’s veto of Medicaid expansion has pushed hospitals to the financial brink

Last year, half of Maine’s hospitals ran an operating deficit. According to figures from the Maine Health Data Organization, two thirds of Maine’s hospitals have just one month’s cash on hand (or less).

racial justice

I was a white supremacist

I have lived in Maine since junior high, but I’m originally from Metairie, Louisiana. My grandfather was a Grand Wizard in the KKK.