Paul LePage

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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

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Despite the stakes, Maine is missing from climate change response

When President Trump announced last week that he intended to pull the United States out of the historic Paris Climate Agreement, a bipartisan coalition of governors and mayors around the

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Rhyming road signs make case against GOP shutdown

Backroads across Maine have seen a flowering of signs over the last few days with messages meant to highlight what a state government shutdown would mean for Mainers. Republican legislative

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Democrats back $15 federal minimum wage, phasing out sub-minimum wage for tipped workers

Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate unveiled the latest bill to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 and gradually raise the sub-minimum wage for

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Paint your own leaf: How not to get lost in the enormity of the landscape of resistance

“It’s been a heck of a week so far” is something that I have found myself saying each and every week since President Trump began his term in January. For

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What the failure to impeach LePage should teach us about Trump

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben, Mike and Taryn discuss the fast downward spiral of the Trump administration and what Maine’s experience with our own lying, racist, power-abusing chief

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LePage administration’s empty rhetoric won’t help poor kids

Right-wing talking points and ideological delusion are hurting kids in Maine. While the number of children in the state who are hungry has increased, the LePage administration has hidden away

health care

LePage and Mayhew are politicizing poor kids

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Joby Thoyalil of Maine Equal Justice Partners joins Taryn and Mike to discuss the LIFT act, Gov. LePage’s missing money and his politicization of

gender

Trump officials picked a particularly bad day to visit Augusta

Kellyanne Conway, a senior advisor to President Donald Trump, and Tom Price, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, visited the Maine State House on Wednesday for a Republicans-only meeting

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Medicaid referendum will be Maine’s first chance to resist Trump at the ballot box

Last week, the Maine Senate moved to indefinitely postpone legislative action on the citizen initiative to accept federal funding and expand health care coverage through Medicaid. With lawmakers failing to