No single way to reverse middle Maine’s decline — but the first step is easy

More Mainers in the middle — middle age, middle income — are dying. There’s no single way to change course, but the first step is a simple one.

Want a taste of election year attacks against Democrats? Look to LePage

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has shown himself to be a much stronger candidate in the Democratic primary for president than many people expected. Sanders, after 25 years as U.S. congressman and U.S. senator, joined the Democratic Party only recently. For most of his political career, he was a small “i” independent and self-identified democratic socialist. […]

Thibodeau pushes back against 2016 election ugliness

It’s not easy for me to say something nice about state Senate President Mike Thibodeau. He once voted to fire me and eliminate my job. (I know, I’m setting myself up here, but go ahead and take the easy shot.) Democratic state Sen. John Nutting was in a feud with the Baldacci administration, where I […]

With LePage, Maine becomes more of an outlier

On his first day in office earlier this week, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards took steps to expand access to health insurance for 300,000 people in his state. Fulfilling a campaign promise, Edwards’ decision will improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and give his state’s economy a shot in the arm. In […]

LePage forces us all to choose

Gov. Paul LePage’s racist comments earlier this week in Bridgton aren’t simply embarrassing. And they can’t be attributed to an innocent slip of the tongue. They’re dangerous and insidious. They are the blood slander that has been used to justify the torture and murder of black men and boys since Reconstruction. LePage used racially loaded language […]

12-year-olds should be as safe as armed extremists

Local, state and federal authorities confronting an armed insurrection in Oregon are right to approach the situation cautiously. To date, there’s no immediate and apparent risk to public safety, no one has been hurt, there are no hostages and a wildlife refuge isn’t critical infrastructure in the way a police station or reservoir is. Federal […]

For LePage and Fredette, the table gets lonely

Simply put, Maine cannot confront its heroin epidemic — or strengthen its rural economy, for that matter — without expanding access to affordable health care. Lack of health care for tens of thousands of Mainers is holding our state back, and people are dying as a result. But the impacts go much further than hurting […]