Category Archives: Hot Issues

Maine Senate Republicans go all-out to protect wealthy from tax fairness

Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport - Troy R. Bennett | BDN

There’s something very important to note in light of the Maine Senate Republicans’ proposed budget framework, which includes moving towards a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds majority for income tax increases, and that’s this: The only increases in income tax rates (or closings of tax loopholes) that have been proposed, whether in the Democrats’ budget […]

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 […]

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 […]

Governor LePage, cover model

September, 2014 cover of The Progressive

The most recent edition of The Progressive, a national (progressive-leaning, obviously) news magazine, features a caricature of Governor Paul LePage front and center on its cover, riding a rocket or bomb labeled ALEC along with other Republican governors. The magazine’s cover story, written by Abby Scher and titled “Paul LePage, Maine’s Embarassment,” discusses the closeness […]