Sara Gideon

democracy

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

drug policy

On Maine’s state budget, Democrats are disappointing but Republicans are nihilists

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn and Mike discuss the hostage situation that is the legislature’s budget negotiations, a crisis manufactured by Republicans made worse by House Democratic leaders

Maine Legislature

Bill would force LePage administration to use federal funds to fight child poverty

The percentage of Maine children living in extreme poverty has skyrocketed under Governor Paul LePage’s administration, increasing at a rate eight times higher than the national average since 2011, and

gender

Women take over the Beacon Podcast to discuss week one of The Resistance

Amy Halsted and Taryn Hallweaver take over the podcast this week to talk about the women’s march, movement-building, intersectionality, and the fight ahead. They’re joined by June Sapiel of the

Jared Golden

Gov. LePage will attempt minimum wage rollback, but Democrats stand firm

In a letter sent to incoming lawmakers and released publicly yesterday, Maine Governor Paul LePage railed against the recently-passed minimum wage increase referendum and said he would back legislation to

economy

Maine Democrats attempt to steer election back to family and economic issues

After weeks of national and international attention to a series of violent and racist statements by Governor Paul LePage and attempts to hold him accountable, or the lack thereof, by

Paul LePage

Democrats say Gov. LePage not mentally fit to hold office following threats, anti-gay obscenities

“Paul LePage is not mentally or emotionally fit to hold office. His words and actions have crossed a line. Threats of violence are never acceptable and cannot be tolerated in

Maine Legislature

As solar bill failed, Republican supporters hid from the vote

The last day of Maine’s legislative session on Friday saw a bevy of Governor Paul LePage’s vetoes either overruled or sustained, but none with more drama than the veto of

David Woodsome

Maine solar advocates plan “last stand” Friday at the State House

Supporters of comprehensive solar legislation vetoed by Governor Paul LePage on Wednesday are planning a State House rally on Friday that they’ve dubbed “the people’s Last Stand for Solar.” “On

Jill Barkley

Surge of progressive Maine women line up to run for House and Senate

Emerge Maine, an organization dedicated to encouraging and training progressive women to run for office, announced at a State House press conference yesterday that at least 18 of its program