Category Archives: Policy

Lewiston Mayor: shame welfare recipients to keep out special needs kids

In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Lewiston Mayor Bob Macdonald finally explained who exactly he was targeting with his plan to publish the names and addresses of Mainers who receive public assistance. When Fox and Friends host Tucker Carlson mentioned Somali immigrants, Macdonald denied that they were his focus and instead claimed that […]

Rep. Poliquin flips on Planned Parenthood, votes against women’s health

BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

I was surprised and pleased to hear Second-District Representative Bruce Poliquin’s statement to Maine Public Radio last week on Planned Parenthood. Sure, he used the opportunity to repeat some of the worst lies about the organization promoted by anti-abortion rights activists, but at least he said he would vote against the attempt to strip away […]

David vs. Goliath battle shaping up on Portland minimum wage referendum


The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce plans to spend at least six figures in an attempt to defeat a local initiative to increase the minimum wage put forward by the Portland Green Independent Committee, according to Chamber CEO Chris Hall. “A successful [campaign] will have to have six digits at the very least,” said Hall. […]