Category Archives: State Politics

LePage’s ridiculous corporate tax giveaway will face legislative scrutiny

BDN Photo

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

(via The Economist)

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 […]

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 […]

Republican Party begins spending to boost Cutler

Governor Paul LePage slaps Eliot Cutler's hand at a debate in Portland on Wednesday morning. - Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Over the weekend, registered Democrats in the Portland area began receiving a strange flier from the Maine Republican Party in the mail. While ostensibly an attack piece against Congressman Mike Michaud, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, the mailer also provides positive information about independent candidate Eliot Cutler. Based on the content of the flier and its […]