Category Archives: Campaigns

LePage speaks from the heart, but his policies don’t match

Gov. Paul LePage was speaking from the heart Tuesday night during his State of the State address when he talked about kids, particularly poor kids. Relating his own experiences of growing up in extreme poverty and on the streets of Lewiston, young and alone, the governor talked about the stress of finding his next meal […]

Legislature will find alternatives to LePage budget

It’s disingenuous to say that critics of Gov. Paul LePage’s two-year budget haven’t proposed any solutions of their own. Of course they haven’t. Not yet. But they are certainly coming. The governor and the whole of the executive branch have been working on his budget for months, beginning far back in the summer. They’ve tapped […]

Could a conversion on Obamacare in Arizona spread to Maine?

Arizona Gov. Jane Brewer has stuck her finger in President Barack Obama’s face during a brief airport encounter. She’s dared the federal government to intervene by passing a nasty anti-immigrant state law. She’s a tea party favorite. A radical Republican. She seems to enjoy picking a fight, particularly with the president. And, she plans to […]

Congress should keep promise, protect Medicare, Social Security

Willis Henry Farmer was born in April 1932. He died 65 years later. He was my father and a glorious mess. When I consider proposals to cut Social Security or increase the age of eligibility for Medicare, which provides health insurance and care for retirees, I think of him and my mom. Willis Farmer traveled […]

Maine Democratic Party not ready for obit page

Maine Democrats won big this election year. Be not afraid of third-place finishes or woe-sayers predicting doom for the party. Yes, state Sen. Cynthia Dill finished a distant third place in the race for the United States Senate, repeating what occurred in 2010 when Democratic gubernatorial nominee and then state Senate President Libby Mitchell also finished […]