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What are national Democrats missing? Policy-focused, progressive candidates

After the special elections for Congress in South Carolina and Georgia last week, Democrats are 0-4. While smart people rightly point out that, despite these losses, these Democratic candidates are

Matthea Daughtry

Gov. LePage says he’ll shut down government out of spite, even if budget agreement reached

According to lawmakers familiar with a meeting between Governor Paul LePage and House Speaker Sara Gideon held Friday, LePage has declared that if the legislature reaches a budget agreement different

Susan Collins

Maine religious leaders urge Sen. Collins to take a stand against health care repeal

Members of Faith in Public Life and Mainers for Accountable Leadership rallied in  Portland’s Lobsterman Park on Friday to urge Senator Susan Collins to oppose the Republican health care repeal

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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

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Mainers say Sen. Collins must finally take a stand on health care repeal

Holding signs declaring “Time to take a stand,” advocates for access to health care gathered outside Senator Susan Collins’ regional office in Bangor on Thursday to ask the senator to

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King searches Senate chamber for Republican health care repeal bill

Sen. Angus King opened and examined desks on the Senate floor on Wednesday in a mock attempt to find where Republicans have hidden a health care repeal bill they’ve spent

Bruce Poliquin

Mainers angry over health care repeal vote find Rep. Poliquin in Boston

Second-District Representative Bruce Poliquin has mostly been avoiding public appearances in Maine following his vote in favor of the Republican health care repeal bill last month, but several dozen of

Susan Collins

Maine business owners oppose Trump’s attempt to weaken health and safety rules

The Maine Small Business Coalition has submitted a letter to the offices of Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, signed by a hundred Maine small business owners, asking them to

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Reminder: Mainers expect tax fairness in the state budget

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss the roots and context of the state budget impasse and issue their weekly reminder that the conversation in the State

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Maine’s local civic culture still survives in the age of Trump and LePage

This week, as Mainers went to the polls to vote for a statewide bond referendum, local school budgets, and countless local council, selectboard, and school board seats around the state,