Category Archives: Maine Politics

What happened in Cleveland after Medicaid expansion shows Maine blew it

A doctor treating a patient. Creative Commons: World Bank Photo, 2013

In Maine, Gov. LePage and Republican opponents of Medicaid expansion claimed that an expansion wouldn’t improve health outcomes nor decrease emergency room use. But look what’s happened in Cleveland  Cleveland taxpayers did a sort of early Medicaid expansion which involved a public hospital, MetroHealth. Greater coverage was joined by intensive outreach and follow-up. The results […]

Bipartisan: Michaud worked with McCain to get VA deal

Rep. Mike Michaud

How bipartisan can you get? The VA bill that just passed the House of Representatives near unanimously was negotiated by a very liberal senator who caucuses with the Democrats and a rather conservative member of the House of Representatives. Those negotiations were helped along by Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democrat, and Senator McCain, a Republican. […]

Seven questions and answers about today’s Obamacare decisions

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Today’s decision from a three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court about Obamacare is getting a lot of attention. 1. What did the decision do? Two of the three judges ruled that people cannot get subsidized health insurance unless they bought it through a state-run exchange. This would mean no subsidies for people in the states […]

Police manual extremists asked LePage to change included reason for their arrests

When they met with Gov. LePage, extremists asked him to change a manual on Sovereign Citizens used by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. As the Bangor Daily News and Mike Tipping reported, two individuals from that group were recently arrested. And, it turns out that a reason for their arrests — a lack of a […]

Phony facts, a fantasy Constitution and conspiracy mongering

As the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan purportedly said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts.” Moynihan experienced people from across the political spectrum who made claims that had no basis in reality. In other words, they believed things that just aren’t so. How do they deal with reality? Some […]

An antisemitic, racist group’s startling presence in Maine

From: "White, Bigoted and Young," Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, New York Times Sunday Review, July 11, 2014

Maine has a history of hate groups. In the 1920s, the KKK, a strong presence in the state, was aimed mostly at Catholics, particularly Franco-Americans. As many were “relative newcomers” from Quebec, this was largely a nativist, anti-immigrant movement. But the 1920s were long ago and Maine now has a reputation for tolerance and support […]

Fiddling with figures doesn’t add jobs to Maine’s economy

In an odd convergence, 2012 presidential election polls and Gov. Paul LePage’s view of Social Security, “welfare” and the Maine economy now have something in common. Some of Mitt Romney’s supporters in 2012 embarked on an effort to establish that President Obama wasn’t really ahead. In the most outlandish example, one supporter set up unskewedpolls.com, […]

LePage said “get our guns” as extremists wrote him on revolution

Gov. LePage l Photo credit: Troy R. Bennett l BDN

May 28, 2013 was one of those days when something Gov. LePage said hit national news, going viral. It was also a day that, as few people knew, his office received a memo from an extremist group mentioning violent options should they not get satisfaction. The memo included talking points for their teleconference with the […]