money in politics

Mike Michaud

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

small business

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

Supreme Court

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

Bruce Poliquin

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

corporate influence

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

Kyle Bailey

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

Maine Heritage Policy Center

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

drug policy

Koch brothers attack Maine minimum wage referendum

At a press conference at the State House in Augusta yesterday, the Maine Heritage Policy Center launched their campaign against the minimum wage increase referendum, Question 4 on November’s ballot.

fair wages

Press Herald poll: Minimum wage question has a 32-point lead

In a poll just released by the Portland Press Herald and conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, 60% of likely Maine voters said they would vote in

Wall Street

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.