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Amy Fried

About Amy Fried

Amy Fried loves Maine's sense of community and the wonderful mix of culture and outdoor recreation. She loves politics in three ways: as an analytical political scientist, a devoted political junkie and a citizen who believes politics matters for people's lives.

Even as GOP posted wins, most Mainers support Obamacare

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In a good year for Republicans in Maine (and in much of the country) and, as the health insurance exchange (at healthcare.gov) opens for enrollment, it turns out that Mainers who voted in 2014 support Obamacare or something that goes further. Just take a look at this question from the Maine exit poll: On the […]

LePage’s lousy public health record, Cain and Raye pictured, and a final poll

Emily Cain (center) with Kevin and Karen Raye.

Here are three stories for the end of this election season: 1. LePage and his administration made a significant error for Maine’s health.  Maine’s public health system is involved in tracking illnesses, informing people who may have been exposed to illness and determining if quarantines are needed In a case that’s gotten relatively little attention, […]

In LePage’s Maine, health coverage looks more like the South than New England

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The year’s governor’s race will clearly and indisputably affect how many Mainers will have health coverage and thus how many will suffer and die prematurely. A map, based on data from Civis Analytics and Enroll America, shows health insurance coverage by county. While every state but New England has counties mostly in the 0-10% with […]

A week before the election, the Republican Governors Association puts out ad touting Cutler

Today New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is having his fourth Maine visit to support Gov. LePage’s reelection — although again these men aren’t holding a rally anyone can attend. Instead they’ll do a meet and greet with some voters at Quirk Auto Park in Bangor and then have a fundraiser. This is quite a contrast […]

This year, Bangor’s economy, schools and wages are on the ballot

We built it. Bangor’s great schools and fantastic library, excellent health care facilities, outdoor music, new civic center and vibrant downtown didn’t just happen by accident. Many people put work into creating what we have and making Bangor a thriving regional center. This is a city that doesn’t say “no” to new ideas. But what’s […]