GOP must decide if it is the party of Margaret Chase Smith or payback and Paul LePage

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The Maine Republican Party has a proud history of political figures willing to stand up against abuse of power by members of their party. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith stood up to Sen. Joe McCarthy’s smears. Bill Cohen, as a young congressman on the House Judiciary Committee, stood up and voted for articles of impeachment against […]

How can Maine keep Obamacare subsidies no matter what Supreme Court does?

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Are over 60,000 Mainers at risk of losing subsidies for buying private health insurance? Yes, but the Maine Legislature could make sure those subsidies continue. By Monday morning, we’ll know if the Supreme Court rules that people buying health insurance through a federal exchange can continue to get subsidies. If the Court says no, this […]

This is pork? LePage vetoes fraud detection and prosecution

Gov. Paul LePage speaks at his May 29 news conference in the Blaine House. Mario Moretto | BDN

Gov. LePage’s press event with a squeaking pig toy and a Christmas tree with ornaments featuring Democratic and Republican legislators was meant to deliver the message that the budget passed by the Maine Legislature was filled with pork. “Pork,” of course, is in the eye of the beholder. LePage also called the Legislature “corrupt.” However, […]

Here’s the clear proof Fredette tax plans favor the rich

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Do the Maine House GOP tax plans favor the rich? House Minority Leader Ken Fredette objected to that characterization in an op-ed Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, said had “thrown a little gasoline on the fire” and contributed to the breakdown of budget negotiations. But what does the evidence show? Take a look at analyses […]

LePage vetoes his own nominees, says he has no clue about budget

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This week it continues to appear that Gov. LePage is uninterested in normal governance. After acknowledging last week that he hasn’t gotten much done in the Maine Legislature, the governor, in effect, vetoed his own nominees by withdrawing them from consideration. You’d think Gov. LePage would want to fill empty slots of boards and commissions. […]