Category Archives: Republicans

Caricature and the GOP theater of the absurd

Caricature makes compromise impossible. Last week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wrote an OpEd that appeared in the Washington publication Politico that, in his mind, describes Democrats. “Because the left wants: The government to explode; to pay everyone; to hire everyone; they believe that money grows on trees; the earth is flat; the industrial age, factory-style […]

Stand firm, pass this imperfect budget

Somehow, through a bitter legislative session that has seen an unprecedented level of partisan attacks, the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee shows that government can work, even during a time of divided government. The process isn’t pretty. But somehow, through the smoke and heat of a long session, Democrats and Republicans on the committee […]

Some Republicans begin to consider taxes to close budget gap

The Legislature’s Taxation Committee has made a series of recommendations to help balance the state’s budget. The specifics range from a temporary increase in the sales tax, to a delay in tax cuts that were passed in 2011 but never paid for, to an overarching tax reform package proposed by the bipartisan “Gang of 11.” […]

Dawn Hill, Troy Jackson stand up for what’s right

On Sunday, during an emergency meeting of the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Sen. Dawn Hill, D-York, did something that’s very hard. She stood up to the governor of the state, in full public view, with the cameras rolling. She held her ground, and she did the right thing, not knowing exactly how it […]

GOP loses policy argument on Medicaid expansion, focuses instead on process

Right now, Maine’s hospitals and Republicans in the Legislature have hitched their rhetorical wagon to a process argument. Democrats are moving forward with a plan to pass legislation that includes a massive payout to Maine’s hospitals coupled with a plan, paid for by the federal government, to expand access to health care to 69,500 uninsured […]

Blue Ribbon Commission can’t undo damage of LePage’s actions

On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Paul LePage announced the co-chairs of his Blue Ribbon Commission on Maine’s unemployment compensation system. He picked two men who have unimpeachable credentials: George Jabar, an attorney in Waterville and a Kennebec County commissioner, and Daniel Wathen, a former justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Both men have excellent reputations […]