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U.S. Senate bill could block Maine’s toxic chemical protections

Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) forty years ago to prevent harm to pregnant women, babies, workers, and other vulnerable groups from dangerous chemicals in everyday products. But

money in politics

Maine’s minimum wage and a national movement for economic justice

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike have a conversation with Ryan Greenwood, director of movement politics for National People’s Action on the national context and philosophical grounding of the

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Sen. King demands Senate consider president’s Supreme Court nominee

In remarks delivered on floor of the Senate on Thursday, U.S. Senator Angus King of Maine called on the Senate to give due consideration to any nominee put forward by

Maine Democratic Party

Caucusing: Your opportunity to take over the Democratic Party

This is the first primary election I have ever given much attention. While I care about politics, in the past my focus has been more on statewide issues and local

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An attempt to derail the minimum wage referendum and a new tax cut for the wealthy

This week on the podcast, Ben Chin and Mike Tipping discuss the recent and upcoming presidential primaries, the attempt by a coalition of business groups to do an end run

Wall Street

Bernie Sanders loves us, and so we love him

I support Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. With all my heart. He is a candidate that inspires strong emotion. He is a candidate who inspires love. Judging

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King, Pingree back Obama on closing Guantanamo

In statements released following President Obama’s announcement of plans to close the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, yesterday, Representative Chellie Pingree and Senator Angus King of Maine both expressed

gender

I’ve been with Hillary since I was a little girl

A few days ago, a photo of an African-American boy looking up at President Obama circulated around my Facebook feed. I bet you’ve seen it, too. It’s pretty clear from

gun safety

Mainers make their cases for Bernie and Hillary

In this week’s episode of the Beacon podcast, Mike is joined by MPA lead organizer Gen Lysen and Maine Small Business Coalition director Will Ikard, who make strong cases for

trade

MPA straw poll gauges support for Clinton, Sanders

In an email sent to the group’s members on Thursday, the Maine People’s Alliance announced the launch of a text message straw poll to gauge relative support for presidential candidates