Category Archives: National

Who gets left behind by LePage and other health expansion opponents’ “alternative”?

Rep. Deborah Sanderson

Opponents of Medicaid expansion in Maine keep saying there is an alternative available to the people who would be covered under an expansion. The purported alternative is that people who would receive Medicaid under an expansion can instead buy subsidized insurance through the marketplace. For instance, Rep. Deborah Sanderson recently said on the radio that she […]

The words of GOP Rep. Lockman live on in the “war on women”

Rep. Lockman

After blogger Mike Tipping publicized numerous remarks of GOP Rep. Lawrence Lockman, portions of what the state legislator said went viral. Interestingly, his comments on gay people didn’t get picked up much (although, as I wrote, they demonstrate a tension within his party on LGBT right issues). Nor did Lockman’s history of refusing to pay […]

ALEC and corporate power in Maine and other states


Talk tonight! Thursday, February 20, 7-8:30 PM, Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, has received considerable attention in recent years for its involvement in promoting conservative policies in state legislatures. Bloomberg BusinessWeek called ALEC a “bill laundry” for corporate policy ideas. Still, there is little known about what groups […]

No, 71% of Obama voters do not regret voting for him

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The conservative blogosphere is all atwitter with news of a poll that purportedly says that 71% of Obama voters say they regret voting for him. Here, for instance, is how the Maine Wire reports this: Buyer’s Remorse: A new poll from Economist/ shows 71 percent of Obama voters, including 55 percent of Democrats, “regret” voting […]

Looks like New Hampshire is about to expand Medicaid


For a time, the Granite State and the Pine Tree State were joined on health policy. Neither had a state-run health insurance marketplace and neither had expanded Medicaid. In Maine, the Democratic-controlled Legislature has supported expanding Medicaid and votes to do so have included Republicans and Democrats. But there haven’t been enough to overcome a […]

Maine, lobstermen and all, now at nearly 90% of state 2014 Obamacare goal

Before the state insurance marketplaces opened for people to choose plans, the federal government set goals for the first year’s enrollments.* And, with the release of January data, Maine has hit 89.18% of the 2014 goal. It’s now virtually guaranteed that Maine will hit and exceed the 2014 goal. Women are 56% of Maine’s enrollees. […]

What it takes to be pro-family in an age of rising inequality

Anyone remember the 1980s and 1990s, when social conservatives called themselves “pro-family” and complained that women spent too much time in the workplace? If you are as old as I am — or older (ahem) — you likely recall those decades’ manifestations of the culture wars. Truth be told, many American moms never fit the […]

Quick action on Fluke post was the right move, but GOP still faces challenges with women

From "How Women Changed the Outcome of the Election," Center for American Progress, December 12, 2012

Last week BDN blogger Mike Tipping broke the news that the Maine Republican Party’s Facebook page had an obnoxious post on Sandra Fluke, which was followed by a series of nasty comments about her. Fluke became a public figure after she was attacked by Rush Limbaugh for her testimony in favor of including birth control […]

Medicaid expansion opponent LePage tried to put FDR and JFK on his side

Eleanor Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy

In the 2014 State of the State speech, Gov. LePage repeated his reasons for opposing Medicaid expansion in Maine. As part of that, LePage quoted two respected Democratic political leaders — Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. One way LePage did this was by saying the presidents didn’t like “welfare” and then making a […]