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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.

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 […]

Supreme Court agrees about what nixing Obamacare subsidies would do

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Yesterday’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court uncovered some rare unity about the Affordable Care Act. No, it’s not about the key question, whether the law allows subsidies to be available for insurance policies purchased through the federal exchange. Instead, it’s about what nixing Obamacare subsidies for millions of Americans would do. Those who spoke […]

What does Pelosi’s “You have to pass the bill” comment have to do with Obamacare suit?

Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Obamacare is increasingly lowering the number of Americans without health insurance, but it faces a threat by a lawsuit before the Supreme Court today. This case (King v Burwell) would take away subsidies from millions who purchased their insurance through a federally run exchange. It’s based on the absurd argument that the Congress didn’t mean […]