The LePage administration didn’t invent poverty. But its policies aren’t helping kids to escape its grasp, either.
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.
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 […]
Justice finally caught up with Roberta Ishola. But probably not in the way you think. In October 2014, Ishola was arrested as part of a crackdown on welfare abuse. Someone she knew, either angry with her or without all the facts, called the police. Ishola, 51, a grandmother and Lewiston resident, was charged unlawful possession […]
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is violating federal law and now ranks last among all states for its administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program, or food stamps. A sharply worded, Dec. 7 letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture put DHHS on notice. “The State’s chronically poor performance in timeliness is […]
Gov. Paul LePage and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are often talked about for their similarities and their close ties. Christie spent millions in corporate dollars to re-elect LePage through the Republican Governors Association, and LePage was the first notable endorsement for Christie’s presidential run. They have similar bracing personalities, both like to yell and […]
For Gov. Paul LePage, reality has only a very generalized connection to what he says and does. When 300 workers lost their jobs at Verso Paper in Jay, following the loss of 500 jobs in Bucksport, the governor used the devastating news to push his agenda to prop up fossil fuels and import power from […]
Being poor is not a crime. But we are living in a time when politicians and the media continue to criminalize poverty. The latest example comes from stories reported in the Bangor Daily News, Sun Journal and the Press Herald. “Drug agents say EBT cards being used to buy drugs,” the Bangor Daily reported. “Maine […]
The letters keep coming. And with each one, the office of the governor is a little more diminished. Gov. Paul LePage has fallen into a nasty little habit of blasting off ill-considered, handwritten notes to people who have fallen out of favor with him. It’s a long list. And it continues to grow to include […]
In quick, but thorough, fashion, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court dismissed Gov. Paul LePage’s efforts to get a do-over on 65 attempted vetoes. LePage’s efforts are a clear-cut example of hubris and overreach, and the court had no choice but to deliver a sharp rebuke. The justices needed less than a week to weigh the arguments […]