children

podcast

LePage and Mayhew are politicizing poor kids

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Joby Thoyalil of Maine Equal Justice Partners joins Taryn and Mike to discuss the LIFT act, Gov. LePage’s missing money and his politicization of

nutrition

Bill would force LePage administration to use federal funds to fight child poverty

The percentage of Maine children living in extreme poverty has skyrocketed under Governor Paul LePage’s administration, increasing at a rate eight times higher than the national average since 2011, and

food

The LePage administration has abandoned a generation of Maine children to poverty

Last week in Androscoggin county, a panel of child poverty experts came together at Bates College and produced an absolutely stark set of data. According to the reporting of the

infrastructure

My kid’s school is falling apart and some Portland city councilors refuse to help

I’m a lifelong Portlander. I went to Reiche Elementary, King Middle, and Portland High. I love Portland and am grateful for the public education I received here, which has opened

gender

How Gov. LePage lost Maine almost $2 billion

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn, Ben and Mike discuss a new report from the Maine Center for Economic Policy showing how the government of Maine has forfeited or

Maureen Terry

Bill would finally, fully ban corporal punishment in Maine schools

A bill sponsored by Rep. Maureen Terry, a Democrat from Gorham, aims to make Maine the 29th state in the union to explicitly ban the use of physical force against

federal

Maine mom stars in TV ad to save Affordable Care Act

Katie Sherman, a small business owner from Buxton, and her daughter Olive are featured in a new television ad airing during the Congressional recess in Maine and other key states.

organizing

Sen. Collins’ long, silent walk, Maine’s next referendum and the fight for family care

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn, Ben and Mike talk about the wave of protests that greeted Sen. Susan Collins on her return to the state, including an especially

fair taxes

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

fair wages

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,