retirement security

federal

GOP plan would spike premiums for older, poor, rural Mainers by 1500% (no, that’s not a typo)

New analysis by the Maine Center for Economic Policy shows that Washington Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act will hit Mainers especially hard, due to the restructuring of

Susan Collins

Sen. Collins’ long, silent walk, Maine’s next referendum and the fight for family care

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn, Ben and Mike talk about the wave of protests that greeted Sen. Susan Collins on her return to the state, including an especially

children

Mainers launch campaign for guaranteed child care for kids and home care for seniors

Parents, policy experts, Maine state legislators and advocates for children and the elderly gathered at Roots and Fruits Preschool in South Portland on Monday to unveil the details of a

retirement security

Maine seniors plead with Senator Collins to save their health care

Senior citizens and health care professionals met at the Bangor Public Library on Thursday to ask U.S. Senator Susan Collins to oppose attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act without

reproductive freedom

Maine Democrats’ milquetoast vision is a missed opportunity

This is the piece I didn’t want to have to write. When I first read the vision for “A Better State of Maine” put forth by the Maine Democratic Party,

fair wages

Paul LePage’s political prisoners podcast

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss Gov. LePage’s suggestion that they be thrown in jail for supporting Question 4, the minimum wage referendum. Also, there’s another

retirement security

Struggling seniors speak out for Question 4

Advocates for Maine seniors are backing the minimum wage increase on the ballot this November, and the campaign has launched its first TV ad highlighting the story of one of

Emily Cain

Rep. Poliquin’s votes against Medicare, Social Security come back to haunt him

Max Richtman, the President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, visited Maine last week to support Emily Cain, the Democratic challenger to Second-District Republican

money in politics

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.

children

Study: 93,000 Maine women will see average raise of $3,200 with passage of Question 4

This November, Mainers will vote on an initiative that would gradually raise Maine’s minimum wage from $7.50 to $12 an hour by 2020. The effects of the initiative would be