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This nurse from The County stole the show at Bernie’s rally

One of the most pointed and poignant moments of the rally featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez in Portland last night came not during the

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Sen. Collins pulls off a masterful pivot on the filibuster

In political jargon, a “pivot” is similar in a lot of ways to its definition in sports: you plant yourself, spin, and try to move as quickly as possible in

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Sen. Collins’ legacy hinges on how hard she fights to save the filibuster

This week, Senator Susan Collins finds herself at critical crossroads that stands to either salvage her increasingly tarnished legacy as a Senate “institutionalist” or reveal her as one of the

Paul LePage

Maine small business owners speak in defense of successful referendum to tax the wealthy

At a marathon budget hearing at the State House on Monday, members of the Maine Small Business Coalition waited until late into the evening to testify before the Taxation Committee

Phil Bartlett

Maine Democrats seek public input on issues and strategy

The Maine Democratic Party is conducting a series of public forums and is promoting an online survey to gauge Maine progressives’ passions and priorities. “Now more than ever, Maine needs

Michael Thibodeau

Attempts to undermine referendum results are a profound insult to Maine voters

At the risk of sounding a tad alarmist, I think it’s worth pointing out that our elected officials are actively working to undermine the results of the last election. No

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Wave of protests greet Sen. Collins as she returns to Maine

Senator Collins returned home to Maine this week for the congressional recess and was greeted with a series of rallies and protests across the state calling on her to meet

Nate Libby

Maine students fight for their voting rights

Lawmakers in Augusta heard testimony on Wednesday from Maine students speaking out against Republican-sponsored legislation to restrict voting rights. The two bills, one to require Photo ID to vote and

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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,

Ken Fredette

Maine Republicans again attempt to disenfranchise student voters

In what has become a shamefully regular post-election routine from Republican leadership in Maine, we are once again witnessing an explicit attack on the rights of students to vote in