Category Archives: Legislation

Pushing ‘patent troll’ into the sunlight

In mythology, when a troll is exposed to sunlight, it turns to stone. Right now, Congress has an opportunity to push an especially egregious type of troll into the sunlight. This one doesn’t live under a bridge or attack hobbits. Instead, it hides behind dubious or vague patents and sues small businesses. Patent trolls, or “non-practicing […]

Playing the victim, LePage adds evidence that he’s abusing power

Gov. Paul LePage is the most powerful person in Maine. He oversees a government that can directly impact every one of Maine’s more than 1.3 million residents, if he is so inclined. With a whispered word, a phone call or handwritten letter, he has the power to turn the state against someone, costing them their […]

There’s a hole in his pocket; LePage’s folly lets bills become law

There’s a huge hole in Gov. Paul LePage’s pocket, and a bunch of bills just fell through, handing his opponents and the Legislature huge victories. LePage has made a major mistake in his understanding of the legislative process and the Maine Constitution that has allowed at least 19 bills to become law without his signature. […]

As Maine goes: The nation catches up on marriage

It’s a footnote today. But in 2009, Maine made history. On May 6 of that year, then-Gov. John Baldacci became the first governor in the United States to sign legislation passed through the state Legislature and without court intervention to allow all loving, committed couples to marry. It was a monumental moment for the state […]

How to hold LePage accountable

Gov. Paul LePage has used the power of his office to punish a political opponent and has threatened to withhold funding from a school that serves at-risk kids. According to the Bangor Daily News and by his own admission, he has threatened to withhold significant funding for Good Will-Hinckley because they hired Speaker of the House […]

We can no longer claim not to see racism

By all means, take down the damned battle flag in South Carolina. And get it off the state flag of Mississippi, too. But if we are going to confront racism, we’re going to have to do a lot more than that. Today, the flag is a symbol of hate, oppression and defiance – defiance specifically […]

LePage’s politics abandon the human instinct to help

It’s a good thing Mark Watney is white. Watney is the protagonist of Andy Weir’s best selling novel, “The Martian,” which has been turned into what’s sure to be a major summer movie starring Matt Damon in the lead role. Astronaut Watney becomes stranded on Mars and is presumed dead after a freak storm and […]

The ugly, the vain and the dangerous from LePage

Twice this week, Gov. Paul LePage has been rebuked by courts. But there’s no evidence, even when met with the limits of his power, that it has had any impact on him. First, the U.S. Supreme Court, controlled by conservatives, refused to take up an appeal by the state regarding an inappropriate attempt to deny […]

Maine Democrats break with president on trade deal

The Maine Democratic Party is bucking President Obama and rejecting one his most significant second-term policy initiatives: The Trans-Pacific Partnership economic and trade agreement. On May 17, the Democratic State Committee – the elected leaders of the state party – passed a strongly worded resolution denouncing the trade pact and efforts to grant the president […]

LePage’s war trades headlines for progress

With Gov. Paul LePage’s theatric meltdown last week and a full-blown shutdown showdown looming, there’s no wonder that the media coverage this week has focused on the fracas and Republican infighting. But lost in the dust of the melee are the details of what’s at stake. And those details are a lot more than numbers […]