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These three images show why aging Maine desperately needs diversity

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Maine, the whitest state in the nation, is aging. We have to turn that around. Maine needs younger people to maintain and improve our economy. We’ve heard that for awhile. A new article by Scott Thistle notes another aspect of the situation — the shrinking number of 18-34 year olds in Maine. Three images show that […]

Fewer Mainers were born in Maine. What does that mean politically?

Where We Came From, State by State, by Gregor Aisch, Robert Gebeloff and Kevin Quealy, August 14, 2014, New York Times

Maine is changing, with a population that has an increasing portion of people in the state who moved to Maine. A fabulous set of interactive graphics from the New York Times shows changes in the backgrounds of each states’ residents. Maine’s graph shows that, while native Mainers were a stable and high portion (81-78%) of the […]

In polarized times, who do we politically despise?

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In the song “National Brotherhood Week” Tom Lehrer rhapsodized, “It’s fun to eulogize those we despise.” “All of my folks hate all of your folks. It’s American as apple pie.” A new, extensive Pew study on political polarization shows that reality is getting closer to that poetic license. Polarization is increasing all around. But one finding […]

New Hampshire’s Republican-controlled Senate passed Medicaid expansion today

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After getting together in multiple meetings to negotiate, Republican and Democratic leaders in the Granite State agreed on a compromise to expand Medicaid. Today the Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill, 18-5. New Hampshire’s Democratic governor backs it, and the Democratic-controlled House is also seen as likely to support it. Thus Medicaid expansion is effectively a […]

What sparks a commitment to social justice? On Bill Cohen, Martin Luther King and more

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (center left) joins with Martin Luther King in 1968, at one of many joint appearances.

During the Civil Rights era, blacks and Jews had a close, even special relationship. Rabbis and other Jewish leaders supported and marched with black civil rights leaders. Jews worked for change, sometimes putting themselves in great danger themselves. Of the three civil rights workers killed in Mississippi during Freedom Summer, 1964, two — Andrew Goodman […]