Augusta politicians have decided that they know better than the voters. As the Maine Public headline says, “All Voter-Approved Initiatives From 2016 Ballot in Flux in the Legislature.” Since the Legislature – and particularly Republican leaders – and the governor so comfortably ignore the outcome of elections, I’d like to suggest a few others that […]
Voters are getting pummeled in the Legislature. Last year, the stalemate on important issues caused by a hothead of a governor and a divided Legislature led voters to take matters into their own hands. In a crowded November ballot, they passed four of five citizens’ initiatives. Voters said yes to legalizing marijuana, raising the minimum […]
LePage says he feels like a priest or nun. I don’t know any clergy who hold back on tips.
Without the referendum, it’s fair to say low-wage workers wouldn’t be getting a raise next month.
Luckily the press — and the state auditor — can look in more than one direction at a time.
“Where would that money be spent? We’ve heard about the opiate issues in the state of Maine. Are we going to add more income to individuals so they can spend it on illegal activities?”
The issues range from social and economic reform to election reform, but all five initiatives are on the ballot for a simple reason.
This latest legislative effort to raise Maine’s minimum wage, cloaked as compromise, is actually an effort to create confusion and divide voters.
Gov. Paul LePage’s harsh view of the world is guided by anecdote, misinformation and half-truth. Basic, knowable information eludes him, or he can’t be bothered to get it right. He repeats information that’s incorrect over and over again. Somehow he’s immune from math and science. Visiting Portland Tuesday night, the governor continued an argument he’s […]
Republicans are starting to say some of the darndest things. And I’m not talking about the crazy stuff, like building a fence along the border with Canada, sending nasty grams on government stationary or ending birthright citizenship. Sure, there’s plenty of that. And as Republican candidates for president and GOP governors struggle to capture attention […]