money in politics

money in politics

Gov. LePage will soon be out of office (finally). Here’s who’s lining up to replace him.

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn, Ben and Mike examine the rapidly-expanding gubernatorial field and new fundraising numbers. They also discuss the latest federal health care happenings (and why

Maine Legislature

House Republicans hiding and covering their windows is the perfect metaphor for state budget negotiations

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn, Ben and Mike talk about some bills being considered by the legislature that aren’t the state budget (for a few blissful moments), then

Wall Street

Will Rep. Poliquin vote with his financial industry donors to deregulate Wall Street?

Regulations targeting Wall Street bankers and predatory lenders could be on the chopping block this week if Republicans in Congress get their way. The House of Representatives is expected to

money in politics

The people of Maine deserved better

Yesterday was the most painful day I have ever had working in public service as I watched the GOP-controlled House callously pass a bill by just two votes that strips

Maine Restaurant Association

Will Maine restaurants divest from Trump and LePage?

Progressive activists are asking local restaurants to cancel their membership with the Maine Restaurant Association, a branch of the National Restaurant Association, following a series of controversial actions by the

money in politics

Bangor protesters stand in opposition to Trump SCOTUS nominee

Chanting “Our bodies. Our Lives. Our families. We decide,” and “Voting is a basic right, not just for the rich and white,” demonstrators gathered in West Market Square in Bangor on Thursday

Chellie Pingree

Schmidt: They may have failed to close the Ethics Office, but don’t expect Republicans to act ethically

The first day a Congress meets is filled with so much ceremony – swearings-in, the introduction of family members and so on – that we often miss the important business

economy

Maine restaurant owners switch sides, back minimum wage referendum

Maine’s restaurant lobby has for decades been one of the staunchest opponents of raising the minimum wage, but now that resistance seems to be crumbling. This week, the owners of

podcast

Question 5: Not just about ranking beer, apparently

Yes on 5 campaign manager Kyle Bailey joins Ben and Mike on this week’s Beacon Podcast to discuss the Second Congressional District race, the state of media and politics in

polling

David Boyer of Yes on 1, minimum wage attacks and the presidential debate

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike interview David Boyer of Yes on 1: Regulate and Tax Marijuana on the campaign, the policy issues behind it and his