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Dunlap is tearing down Trump’s bogus voter fraud commission from the inside

Earlier this year when Maine’s Secretary of State Matt Dunlap agreed to join President Trump’s national voter fraud commission–the so-called Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity–many Mainers and progressives around

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Question 2 means health care for some flinty folks in rural Maine

Jennie Pirkl, campaign manager for Mainers for Health Care, joins the Beacon Podcast this week to talk about Question 2 on the ballot this November and share stories of some

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2016 minimum wage referendums have now put $2 billion into workers’ pockets

Total pay raises for American workers as a result of six 2016 ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage in states across the country, including Maine, have hit $2 billion

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Have you considered running for local office?

Labor Day weekend brings us many things: reflections on the blood, sweat, and tears shed over the last century to secure dignity for workers in America, barbecues, and—for some of

corporate influence

Sen. Cushing hit with $9,000 in fines, new ethics complaint

The Maine Ethics Commission yesterday levied $9,000 in fines against Sen. Andre Cushing, a Republican from Newport and the Assistant Senate Majority Leader. The penalties were assessed for a series

health care

Rep. Poliquin wants to ‘shoot the referee,’ eliminate Congressional Budget Office

At a cocktail reception in Bangor last Tuesday, Rep. Bruce Poliquin revealed that he wants to eliminate the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the non-partisan agency that Congress relies on to

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Rep. Poliquin says he refuses to talk to the media out of fear he could “lose this seat”

It is notoriously difficult to get any kind of meaningful response from Rep. Bruce Poliquin. He refuses to hold town halls and declines to respond to constituent calls and petitions.

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

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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

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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