health care

Linda Valentino

Health care expansion fails in Senate after Republicans Katz and Woodsome flip

After Republican Senator Tom Saviello’s bill to accept federal funding for MaineCare expansion passed by a single vote in the Senate on Tuesday and was subsequently passed in the House

fair taxes

A waning session and a last-ditch attempt to undermine the minimum wage

Are corporate lobbyists ignorant or evil? That and other important questions are addressed on this week’s Beacon Podcast, as Ben and Mike explain what to expect in the last few

Paul LePage

House Republicans back Gov. LePage, prevent review of mental health care cuts

Support services for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism were dealt a blow last night as the Maine House of Representatives voted to uphold a veto by Governor Paul LePage

Bill Diamond

Republican-led MaineCare expansion passes in Senate, but LePage veto looms

The Maine Senate on Tuesday voted 18-17 in favor of legislation sponsored by Republican Senator Tom Saviello to accept federal dollars to expand access affordable health care for low-income Mainers.

public assistance

Why Heather McIntosh quit her job and what April Thibodeau thinks of Mary Mayhew

This week the Beacon Podcast features interviews with a couple of incredible Mainers. April Thibodeau is on to discuss her recent piece The callousness of DHHS head Mary Mayhew and

reproductive freedom

Trump deserves our thanks for revealing GOP’s brutal extremism

I have to be honest: Donald J. Trump is performing at least one service to the republic via his run for the presidency. Trump’s pretensions of brutal honesty serve, on

money in politics

Mainers pay the price for Republicans’ game of budget chicken

As you may have read in the headlines there is a spending battle going down in the Maine legislature. First we heard about a $44 million spending package suggestion from

health care

Maine House Republicans stick with Gov. LePage, torpedo bipartisan budget compromise

A bipartisan agreement to fund previously-passed bills failed to garner the 2/3rds vote needed in the Maine House to override an expected veto by Governor Paul LePage after all but

corporate influence

Maine Democratic leaders stand strong against minimum wage hostage-taking

“That is a non-starter for Democrats,” said Democratic Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond on Friday when asked by Maine Public Radio about the latest attempt by Republicans in Augusta to

fair wages

Sarah Bigney: how we can begin to fix Riverview

The Maine AFL-CIO’s Sarah Bigney joins Ben Chin to discuss the ongoing problems at the Riverview Psychiatric Hospital and a new bill that could help address dangerous staffing conditions at