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Looking back with Speaker Mark Eves, Part One

On this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Ben Chin interviews Maine House Speaker Mark Eves, looking back on his eight years in office. In part one, they discuss how, in

Maine Legislature

Episode 50: With two state legislators

Episode 50(!) of the Beacon Podcast features part one of a conversation with Rep. Adam Goode of Bangor and Rep. Ryan Tipping-Spitz of Orono. They discuss how they got involved

polling

Gov. LePage fears referendum could undo his tax breaks for the wealthy

In his weekly radio address this week, Maine Governor Paul LePage attacked all five of the citizen initiatives on the ballot this November, but the Stand Up for Students initiative (which

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A waning session and a last-ditch attempt to undermine the minimum wage

Are corporate lobbyists ignorant or evil? That and other important questions are addressed on this week’s Beacon Podcast, as Ben and Mike explain what to expect in the last few

public assistance

LePage admin skims welfare dollars as extreme child poverty surges

Bangor Daily News columnist David Farmer is on a roll. After exposing a new attack on Maine’s human rights laws protecting gay, lesbian and transgender Mainers last week, this week

health care

Mainers pay the price for Republicans’ game of budget chicken

As you may have read in the headlines there is a spending battle going down in the Maine legislature. First we heard about a $44 million spending package suggestion from

corporate influence

Maine Senate Republicans defy Clean Elections referendum, protect offshore tax havens

The Republican-controlled Maine Senate on Wednesday voted along party lines to protect a corporate tax loophole that allows large, multinational corporations to hide millions of dollars in offshore bank accounts,

health care

Maine House Republicans stick with Gov. LePage, torpedo bipartisan budget compromise

A bipartisan agreement to fund previously-passed bills failed to garner the 2/3rds vote needed in the Maine House to override an expected veto by Governor Paul LePage after all but

education

Maine Democratic leaders stand strong against minimum wage hostage-taking

“That is a non-starter for Democrats,” said Democratic Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond on Friday when asked by Maine Public Radio about the latest attempt by Republicans in Augusta to

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Sarah Bigney: how we can begin to fix Riverview

The Maine AFL-CIO’s Sarah Bigney joins Ben Chin to discuss the ongoing problems at the Riverview Psychiatric Hospital and a new bill that could help address dangerous staffing conditions at