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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

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Federal health care repeal would affect tens of thousands in Maine

“The Affordable Care Act is the only reason I have health insurance, and I’m not alone,” said Katherine Record, a single mother living in Bangor. “For thousands of Mainers, this

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Maine Democrats’ milquetoast vision is a missed opportunity

This is the piece I didn’t want to have to write. When I first read the vision for “A Better State of Maine” put forth by the Maine Democratic Party,

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Maine ballot drive offers new hope for Medicaid expansion

Most Mainers believe the state should accept federal funds to provide health coverage through Medicaid expansion to low income people. Unfortunately, while Maine’s Legislature has passed Medicaid expansion five times,

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Referendum campaign launched to expand Medicaid in Maine

A coalition of organizations launched a citizens’ initiative campaign yesterday to expand access to health care for tens of thousands of Mainers. The groups will begin collecting signatures to place

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Paul LePage’s political prisoners podcast

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss Gov. LePage’s suggestion that they be thrown in jail for supporting Question 4, the minimum wage referendum. Also, there’s another

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Here’s how Trump could win in Maine

On this week’s Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike talk about the new polls showing Trump even or ahead in Maine’s Second Congressional District, and how the 2014 Maine gubernatorial race

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New studies show how much Maine is losing with failure to accept Medicaid funds

Several recent studies and analyses of the 31 states that have accepted federal money to increase access to health care demonstrate the continued benefits of doing so. The research confirms

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Rep. Poliquin’s votes against Medicare, Social Security come back to haunt him

Max Richtman, the President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, visited Maine last week to support Emily Cain, the Democratic challenger to Second-District Republican

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TV ads hit Rep. Poliquin on Medicare privatization vote

New television ads airing in Maine are criticizing Second-District Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin for voting to “end the Medicare guarantee” in favor of higher profits for insurance and drug companies.