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Hillary Clinton

Ditching personality politics for bold policies is how to win working class, rural Maine

Is it smarter to avoid taking bold policy positions, or embrace a populist, progressive agenda? Is it smarter to run on one’s personal story and biography, or outline a substantive

Susan Collins

How Democrats can win back Maine

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike discuss what an analysis of the 2016 referendum results tells us about how Democrats and progressives can win in rural Maine.

AFL-CIO

Maine minimum wage boost “important step” ahead of Trump administration

Maine joined Arizona, Colorado and Washington state over the weekend in boosting its state minimum wage after successful ballot initiatives. In Maine, the minimum wage jumped to $9 an hour

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More than one in seven working Mainers just got a pay raise

The voter-approved minimum wage increase just took effect, increasing wages for 74,000 Mainers. Nearly 30,000 additional Maine workers are expected to receive a raise this year as employers adjust their

Paul LePage

Mayor Strimling vows to protect subminimum wage increase in Portland

After losing a battle over the minimum wage at the ballot box by double digits in November, Maine Governor Paul LePage is now attempting to roll back parts of the

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Two years of grassroots campaigning led to Maine’s minimum wage increase this week

Maine’s first minimum wage increase in eight years went into effect this week following two years of grassroots organizing by minimum wage supporters, first collecting signatures to place the issue

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Happy Minimum Wage Day!

It’s finally here. This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike celebrate the minimum wage increase going into effect this Saturday. The minimum wage will increase from $7.50 to

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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 starts session with a rant, Sen. Collins speaks up for health care and a Kickstarter you should back

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss the first day of legislative session and Gov. LePage’s latest attacks on voter-approved referenda to raise the minimum wage and

Paul LePage

Gov. LePage admits even Republicans aren’t with him on rolling back minimum wage

Appearing on a conservative talk radio show on Tuesday morning, Governor Paul LePage advocated for the legislature to undo parts of Question 2, which increases taxes on the wealthy to