People don’t want Obamacare’s repeal. Republicans start to get the message.

Since the Affordable Care Act was adopted, the tectonic plates of health care politics look like they’re shifting. Rep. Bruce Poliquin hasn’t even been in office five months, and already his positions on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) have moved enough to make several flip-flop-themed campaign ads. Poliquin attacked primary opponent Kevin Raye for being […]

You don’t have to be Jewish to love this awesome Passover Rube Goldberg machine

Seder plate

Passover is my favorite Jewish holiday. With the Seder and its emphasis on story-telling and passing along and explaining the rituals, singing, a role for children and a big holiday meal, what’s not to like? Passover is a liberation story, with a sometimes reluctant leader (Moses), miracles (by God), a villain (the Pharaoh), and an […]

LePage isn’t just refusing to apologize to Stephen King. He’s now in denial mode.

BDN photo by Gabor Degre

See video below. Per reporter Steve Mistler, Gov. LePage showed up unexpectedly at a budget forum hosted by a Falmouth Democrat, state Senator Cathy Breen. Asked a question about apologizing to King, LePage said: I never said Stephen King did not pay income taxes. What I said was, Stephen King’s not in Maine right now. […]

Stephen King directly calls on LePage to apologize (with financial update)

Stephen King

Yesterday the highly popular and successful writer Stephen King colorfully noted that Gov. LePage was flat wrong when LePage suggested King has a place in Florida so he could avoid paying taxes in Maine. King wrote: Governor LePage is full of the stuff that makes the grass grow green. Tabby and I pay every cent […]

Obama, patriotism and inspiration for grownups

Watching politics, today’s gamesmanship and polarization can suppress patriotism and generate cynicism. And, as we go about our lives, we often get pulled into our routines. But recently real inspiration came to me politically and personally through the words of our president and the death from cancer of a woman I never met. Last weekend […]

Fuzzy math as LePage takes on towns and cities

BDN photo by Gabor Degre

Gov. LePage’s staff has been promoting a misleading, or at least personally meaningless, comparison. As those of us who have been following the news know, the governor’s proposed budget would zero out municipal revenue sharing while cutting income tax rates. And in arguing for this budget plan, his team put out comparisons by town of […]

Honeymoon over, as LePage and GOP leaders split on taxes

Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the Maine Heritage Policy Center luncheon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Photo credit: Gabor Degre | BDN

Just like that, just under two months after his inauguration, Gov. LePage’s main policy endeavor of his second term, seems to be dead in the water. LePage revealed a complex tax plan that involved cutting the income tax, zeroing out the estate tax, cutting municipal revenue sharing (which would raise property taxes many places), raising […]