health care

fair wages

Organizing, elections and being a foster parent

In this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Mike is joined by Jennie Pirkl, Portland-Area community organizer for the Maine People’s Alliance. They discuss what she’s been working on and the

fair wages

Ruling on home care workers’ wages will improve care for elderly Mainers

New federal rules have just gone into effect that will improve the economic well-being of home care workers. The change could have significant implications for Maine, the oldest state in

Paul LePage

Gov. LePage blames mental illness for mass shootings while denying access to care

On Monday, in response to the tragic mass shooting at Umpqua community college in Oregon that left 10 people dead, Governor LePage distributed a press release calling on lawmakers to

reproductive freedom

Poll: Attacks on Planned Parenthood backfire in Maine

A new poll just released by Hart Research has found that 70% of Maine voters oppose the attempt by congressional Republicans to end all government funding for Planned Parenthood, with

health care

Emily Cain on the issues

This week on the podcast, Ben and Mike are joined by former state senator and current congressional candidate Emily Cain. She explained her positions on a range of issues, from

health care

Maine “pinks out” for Planned Parenthood

An estimated 350 Mainers wearing shades of pink rallied in Monument Square in Portland on Tuesday as part of a nationwide show of support for Planned Parenthood. The health clinics

Bob Macdonald

Public welfare humiliation only works if we are shamed into complicity

This week, I have been thinking a lot about shame. In the puritanical New England traditions of many of our forebears, to shame a person before their community was one

federal

No more picking potatoes to pay for childbirth

I will never forget one day when was in my late 20s, expecting my first baby. I happened to be alone with my grandmother in her tiny, gleaming kitchen. She

Bruce Poliquin

Maine Democrats protest Rep. Poliquin’s vote to privatize Medicare

Maine Democratic Party Executive Director Jeremy Kennedy and a group of party activists delivered a report card to the Bangor office of Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin on Tuesday, giving him

Maine Legislature

Gov. LePage’s mistake means 13,000 women will gain access to reproductive health care

Maine Governor Paul LePage held another 51 bills past the deadline for a veto on Saturday night, allowing them to become law. They include LD 319, a measure to expand