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Maine's donkey party loves the rich and the poor — but can't protect both
In the current legislative fight over Republican Governor Paul LePage's lust to slash Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) programs because of a $221-million shortfall in its budget, Democrats say over and over that they want to protect the po
| February 17, 2012
What were you hoping for?
In his first year as governor, Republican Paul LePage did a decent job.
| December 30, 2011
Fraud isn't killing Maine's welfare system — conservative misunderstanding is
Last week in Ellsworth, Governor Paul LePage renewed his efforts to change Maine's welfare system, calling for increased restrictions on benefits for people seeking taxpayer support to get health coverage through the state's Medicaid program.
Barely hanging on
| November 18, 2011
Portland’s medical-pot prognosis: Keep patients waiting
The bloom is off the buds, that's for sure.
| July 22, 2011
Democrats celebrate victory in the face of defeat
Senator Dawn Hill, of Cape Neddick, the lead Democrat on the Legislature's Appropriations Committee, which fashioned the recently passed $6-billion state budget, explained to the Phoenix why she voted to reduce income and estate taxes on the rich whi
They cozy up to Republicans and the rich
| July 01, 2011
Higher education, with joint enrollment
When he's teaching pot-growing classes at places like the Ramada convention center in Saco, Ray Logan doesn't use actual marijuana plants for demonstration — he substitutes basil or pepper plants, whatever's available that day from High Tech Garden Suppl
| June 17, 2011
Reform comes to the supermax
Less than three months into his job, Maine's new corrections commissioner Joseph Ponte has begun to dramatically reform the Maine State Prison's long-troubled solitary-confinement "supermax" unit.
New commissioner cuts population by more than half; prisoner-rights advocates help in the reform
| May 27, 2011
Middle of the road
LePage has accomplished something no Maine governor has ever been able to achieve: He's spread joy across the entire ideological spectrum.
LePage pleases everyone -- sort of
| April 22, 2011
To your health
Here's our second Gubernatorial Scorecard, in which we score Governor Paul LePage on political savvy, and on whether what he's trying to do is good policy. Note the running total.
| March 04, 2011
Lobsters, blueberries, potatoes, and . . . pot? As Maine's medical-marijuana program inches closer to business-as-usual, weed is on the verge of becoming a meaningful part of the state's economy — a budding piece of Maine's local, sustainable, pro-agricu
Where will marijuana fit into Maine's economy?
| February 18, 2011
In the midst of the new Republican majority's mania to reduce the size and cost of state government, I offer some advice and a warning.
On shrinking legislatures
| January 14, 2011
Walking on broken glass
There must be some kind of law that kicks in whenever a prominent politician leaves office, requiring every columnist and pundit to blather on at length about the triumphs and tragedies of that esteemed figure's checkered career.
A (very) short list of Baldacci's successes
| December 17, 2010
Pot bill progresses in Augusta
At the end of February, Topsham became the latest Maine community to consider moratoriums on medical-marijuana dispensaries in the wake of last November's election.
C'Mon Doc ...
| March 12, 2010
Look for activist postcards on First Friday and beyond
Approximately 1300 people in Maine live with HIV/AIDS, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
AIDS Art Action
| November 06, 2009
You probably live on a lousy road.
Bulldozing the Maine Better Transportation Association
| October 23, 2009
Do state officials know best?
Like when the country goes to war, most news reports of how state government is handling the H1N1 “swine flu” crisis have just repeated what officials have said.
| May 08, 2009
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