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Mike Tipping

About Mike Tipping

Mike writes about Maine politics and policy with a focus on analysis and explanation. He works at the Maine People's Alliance and Maine People's Resource Center, writes a political column for the Portland Press Herald

MPBN investigation eviscerates Gov. LePage’s addiction policies

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During the drive from my kids’ daycare to my office over the past three mornings, I’ve been treated to one of the best investigative reports I’ve ever heard from a Maine journalist. Maine Public Radio Deputy News Director Susan Sharon’s ongoing series “State of Withdrawal” examines Maine’s endemic opiate addiction problem, how it’s being addressed […]

LePage’s ridiculous corporate tax giveaway will face legislative scrutiny

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Yesterday, the Maine Legislature referred the tax conformity package proposed by Governor LePage to both the Appropriations and Taxation committees for further consideration and initial votes. There, it will face its first real scrutiny. As I explained in a recent column, the bill includes a ridiculous $6-$10 million tax giveaway to large, mostly out-of-state corporations […]

2014 in two stunning charts

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In my most recent column, I took the opportunity of the new year to talk about two broad and seemingly contradictory trends in this country. You don’t need to read all that though, here’s the basic premise summed up in two charts: What you might call “social inequality” has decreased recently, a trend seen most […]

FairPoint strikers go caroling at executive’s house

St. John's Episcopal Church in Bangor on  Christmas Eve, 2013

As the strike by workers at FairPoint Communications heads into its tenth week, members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) will visit the home of the company’s Maine President, Mike Reed, today to spread some Christmas cheer (or possibly deliver some lumps of coal). The workers announced […]

Races I’ll be watching tonight

Obviously I’ll be on the edge of my seat tonight (and probably into tomorrow as well) to hear the results in the race for governor and the Second Congressional District, which both promise to be very close. Control of the State Senate may also be challenged tonight, and there are a number of legislative races […]