environment

children

Lead contamination is quietly poisoning Maine kids. Congress could make things worse.

State Representative Bettyann Sheats, a contractor and landlord from Auburn, led reporters on a tour of her rental property in Lewiston on Tuesday to highlight the dangerous, ongoing problem of

labor

Bill to protect Maine firefighters from cancer hangs in the balance

Too many firefighters are getting cancer. Sixty percent of firefighter job-related deaths are due to cancer, and firefighters develop over 10 types of cancer more often than the general population

health care

Maine Democrats need to express a vision for a better future, not sugarcoat defeat

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben, Taryn and Mike discuss the tactical and messaging missteps of Democrats in the legislature and why they matter now more than ever. Also:

federal

Trump’s repeal of Clean Water Rule puts Maine water at risk

The Trump administration is moving forward with efforts to scrap the 2015 Clean Water Rule, a move that concerns conservation groups and the state’s tourism industry. About half of Maine’s

food

House Republicans hiding and covering their windows is the perfect metaphor for state budget negotiations

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn, Ben and Mike talk about some bills being considered by the legislature that aren’t the state budget (for a few blissful moments), then

organizing

Flotilla formed to protect the Penobscot

On Saturday, more than a hundred Mainers from across the state gathered at the Bangor waterfront and in canoes, kayaks and other craft on the Penobscot River to celebrate the

infrastructure

Tomorrow’s election could help Maine compete in research and technology

Maine currently invests only about one percent of its gross domestic product in research and development, which places it 45th in the nation and last in New England. This lack

racial justice

On Maine’s state budget, Democrats are disappointing but Republicans are nihilists

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn and Mike discuss the hostage situation that is the legislature’s budget negotiations, a crisis manufactured by Republicans made worse by House Democratic leaders

Paul LePage

Despite the stakes, Maine is missing from climate change response

When President Trump announced last week that he intended to pull the United States out of the historic Paris Climate Agreement, a bipartisan coalition of governors and mayors around the