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Wells woman honored with portrait for work that often goes unacknowledged

Over the weekend, a new portrait was installed at the Whitney Galleries in Wells. It isn’t of a historical figure or a famous individual, but of a Mainer named Amy

ALEC

Gov. LePage’s ALEC speech is latest example of corporate influence

This week the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy organization that helps corporate lobbyists and conservative legislators write and submit bills in state legislatures across the country, is hosting

fair taxes

Will Maine Republican leaders continue payouts for corporate scam artists?

A bill proposed by Democratic Representative Ryan Fecteau of Biddeford to close loopholes in the New Markets corporate tax credit program and recoup tens of millions of dollars lost to

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Gov. LePage’s evasive staffers reflect his gangster politics

“Don’t put anything in plain words,” the writer Dashiell Hammett wrote in a novel about a corrupt politician. “But you could hire him to commit murders if you put it

fair wages

Everything you need to know for Election Day

On this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike explain everything that’s on the ballot on November 3rd, 2015, from statewide referenda to special legislative elections to municipal races.

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Gov. LePage and Portland City Council both accidentally did the right thing

Governor Paul LePage and Portland’s mayor, Michael Brennan, have caught some flack in the last week or so over an inability to read the law, and the consequences that followed.

health care

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

immigration

July 10, 2015 – The miracle of Gov. LePage’s incompetence

On this week’s episode of the Beacon Podcast, Ben Chin and Mike Tipping discuss Maine Governor Paul LePage’s colossal Constitutional mistake and how it has allowed General Assistance eligibility for asylum seekers to be enshrined in law

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Ron Schmidt: LePage’s veto letter is more governance by blackmail

“Transparency” is something that everyone claims to want in government, and no wonder. At the best of times, governing can be quite opaque. But every now and then, something happens

immigration

Gov. LePage’s epic Constitutional error means aid for asylum seekers will become law

In a stunning reversal of fortune for more than a thousand immigrant asylum-seekers and their families in Maine, it appears that Governor Paul LePage, who vehemently opposes any state or