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. […]

Mainer to serve as Bernie Sanders’ New Hampshire primary director

Maheu at a Sanders rally in portland | photo by Jeff Kirlin/Thing of the Moment, courtesy of the campaign

Brandon Maheu, a longtime political operative living in Belfast, Maine, announced on social media this morning that he will soon be working as New Hampshire Primary Director for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. “Joining Sen. Sanders’ campaign in New Hampshire in this capacity is a remarkable opportunity,” said Maheu […]