LePage can’t deter Mainers fighting for health care

Medicaid expansion is the law. Voters made sure of that. But when the Maine Legislature reconvenes next week, the fight over health insurance coverage for more than 70,000 Mainers will begin anew. Gov. Paul LePage remains steadfast in opposition to expansion, despite overwhelming support for it from Maine voters. And Republicans in the Legislature – […]

Tax scam will pale compared to what comes next

Never has giving away more than $1 trillion been so difficult. Republicans in Washington are on their way to a massive overhaul of the US tax code. With a package that’s heavily tilted toward wealthy individuals and large, multinational corporations, the tax plan will further exacerbate income inequality. As if that wasn’t enough, the tax bill does […]

States try to hide the barbarism of the death penalty

Vengeance belongs to the Lord, not to the state. We have reached the point where we can no longer turn our heads to the systematic violence and cruelty of state-sponsored executions. It’s time for the death penalty to be retired once and for all. The death penalty is about state-sponsored vengeance, a relic of the […]

Let them eat cake — all of them, no exceptions, no discrimination

This week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a landmark civil rights case out of Colorado that could have broad – and disastrous – national implications. The case, Masterpiece Cakeshop LLC v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission will ultimately decide whether someone can misuse the First Amendment as an excuse to discriminate. There’s so […]

How to pass bad tax bill: Move fast, lie about impacts, hope for the best

It’s impossible to know what the final tax bill will be when it finally comes to a vote, perhaps later this week in the US Senate. The bill as currently written repeals an important part of the Affordable Care Act, gives large corporations a huge windfall and sticks working families with much of the cost. […]

Thanksgiving tales: Wild dogs, garage fires and smuggled rings

When my wife and I first met, we celebrated Thanksgiving in a nontraditional way. We’d head to a rented house, perhaps in Saranac Lake, New York, or Providence, Rhode Island, and spend the week there with friends and family. It was our vacation for the year, something we saved for and planned well in advance. […]

Lame ducks quack loudest after defeat

I know why the lame duck quacks. The sun is setting on Gov. Paul LePage. He is in the twilight of his administration and he’s making plenty of noise to mark the beginning of that end. When he was elected, there was talk on the right that he would remake the state and remake politics, […]

GOP tax scheme fails the straight face test

The greatest trick that Republicans ever pulled was convincing people that they might pay the estate tax. It’s a lie. Point blank and simple. Very few people pay the estate tax, and the folks who do are extremely wealthy. They are not small business owners and family farmers. According to the Tax Policy Center, in […]

Trump faces head wind on transgender ban

Maine was not the only place buffeted by strong winds this week. In Washington, the Trump administration was blown away by the first indictments and guilty plea from the ongoing Mueller investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and a federal court issues a strongly worded rebuke to another one of the administration’s half-baked […]