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Eight Democrats join Gov. LePage in minimum wage rollback attempt

It appears Democrats in the Maine Legislature are splitting on the minimum wage, with at least six Democratic representatives and two senators breaking with their party to co-sponsor legislation to

Paul LePage

School funding in limbo as Gov. LePage refuses to implement Question 2

Governor Paul LePage and Maine Republicans are apparently having trouble deciding which election outcomes should or should not be respected, with Mainers treated to the strange spectacle of a governor

small business

Maine’s resistance gets organized

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike thank the hard-working organizers who are putting together the upcoming Maine Resistance Summit – all are welcome. Also: A UMaine student

racial justice

Maine students fight for their voting rights

Lawmakers in Augusta heard testimony on Wednesday from Maine students speaking out against Republican-sponsored legislation to restrict voting rights. The two bills, one to require Photo ID to vote and

education

Throwing me out of a hearing won’t stop me from speaking against Gov. LePage’s budget

On Friday, I was ejected from a committee hearing of the Maine Legislature where members of the public were testifying on the tax and school funding changes in Gov. LePage’s

children

Is Mary Mayhew Dolores Umbridge and other important questions

This week on the Beacon podcast Taryn, Ben and Mike discuss Governor LePage’s State of the State address, how DHHS misdirected more than $13 million meant to help poor kids,

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Maine Republicans again attempt to disenfranchise student voters

In what has become a shamefully regular post-election routine from Republican leadership in Maine, we are once again witnessing an explicit attack on the rights of students to vote in

fair wages

Five blatant lies Gov. LePage told about the minimum wage during his State of the State

Governor Paul LePage spent a significant portion of his annual State of the State address on Tuesday night re-fighting a battle he already lost. He took aim at the minimum

Larry Lockman

Anti-union push begins again in Maine Legislature

Two anti-union bills sponsored by Republican Representative Larry Lockman are now in the hands of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development (LCED) committee, on which Lockman sits, for its

democracy

McCormick: Delay in ranked-choice voting could benefit Gov. LePage

Ranked-choice voting (RCV) was approved by voters last November. It’s the law of the State of Maine. But that hasn’t stopped opponents from actively seeking to delay implementation, with the