Secretary of State validates ballot measure to replace CMP, Versant with consumer-owned utility / Evan Popp

Advocates for a consumer-owned utility speak at a press conference outside the State House in 2021 | Photo via Seth Berry’s Facebook page Originally published in the Maine Beacon on December 1, 2022 A referendum campaign to replace Maine’s unpopular investor-owned utilities, Central Maine Power and Versant, with a nonprofit power company was certified byContinue reading “Secretary of State validates ballot measure to replace CMP, Versant with consumer-owned utility / Evan Popp”

‘People are closer together than we’re told’: Progressive newcomer on campaigning in rural Maine / by Dan Neumann

House District 81 Democratic candidate Daniel Sipe. | From Sipe’s Facebook page Origninally published in the Beacon on November 24, 2022 Political newcomer Daniel Sipe came within 392 votes of unseating a conservative stalwart in a rural district in western Maine. He did it by talking to residents about their most immediate concerns: jobs, healthcare,Continue reading “‘People are closer together than we’re told’: Progressive newcomer on campaigning in rural Maine / by Dan Neumann”

To protect fragile economy, report argues Maine must do more for workers / by Evan Popp

A recent report found that although Maine bounced back quickly from the pandemic-induced downturn, that recovery has masked “continued underlying weaknesses in the economy.”  Challenges identified in the Maine Center for Economic Policy’s annual “State of Working Maine” report include that many jobs continue to lack basic labor protections — even as workers increasingly assert their powerContinue reading “To protect fragile economy, report argues Maine must do more for workers / by Evan Popp”

Maine’s Open Enrollment for ACA Insurance Begins Nov. 1 / Public News Service

Family doctor examining throat of a small black boy while visiting him at home during coronavirus pandemic. Originally published on October 21, 2022 in Beacon: A Project of the Maine People’s Alliance Maine continues to see the largest decreases in the number of people who are uninsured in recent years, and the trend is expected to continueContinue reading “Maine’s Open Enrollment for ACA Insurance Begins Nov. 1 / Public News Service”

99 Years: The racist roots, and results, of the city manager system of government / by Samuel James

Ku Klux Klansmen marching through Portland in 1923 in support of the city manager form of government. photo/Collections of Maine Historical Society, http://www.MaineMemory.net, #1265 Originally published in the Mainer on October 2, 2022 John Arthur “Jack” Johnson was born into poverty in Galveston, Texas, in 1878, and he was an all-around genius. He was anContinue reading “99 Years: The racist roots, and results, of the city manager system of government / by Samuel James”

Meet the Maine corporate interests funding anti-choice candidates / by Dan Neumann

In their latest campaign finance filing the Maine Association of Realtors reports giving the maximum individual donation of $425 each to 16 state lawmakers seeking re-election. All are Republicans and all 16 have been endorsed by the Christian Civic League of Maine, the state’s leading opponent of abortion rights which recently celebrated the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The realtors aren’t alone.Continue reading “Meet the Maine corporate interests funding anti-choice candidates / by Dan Neumann”

Opinion: To end gun violence we also need to end poverty / by Stephen Carnahan

Photo: Alex Wong, Getty Images When I’m not feeling angry, I’m sad. When I’m not feeling sad, I’m angry.  The sadness is because of the loss of young, innocent lives. It’s so hard to watch the news and see the faces of the children in Uvalde, Texas or parade goers in Chicago. It makes meContinue reading “Opinion: To end gun violence we also need to end poverty / by Stephen Carnahan”

‘Dangerous and chilling:’ Maine advocates decry Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe / by Evan Popp

Photo: Sen. Susan Collins meets with Justice Brett Kavanaugh ahead of his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. | Zach Gibson, Getty Images In a decision by a conservative majority largely appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday struck down Roe v. Wade, invalidating the constitutional protection to an abortionContinue reading “‘Dangerous and chilling:’ Maine advocates decry Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe / by Evan Popp”

Opinion: The politicians have failed on guns. Time to go to the people / by Ethan Strimling

Photo: Students protest for gun reform outside the White House | Lorie Shaull/Creative Commons via Flickr Because we have a Democratic governor who once earned an A+ from the NRA while serving as a state legislator and as governor watered down the only gun safety initiative she was willing to sign (even gun rights groups endorsed it afterContinue reading “Opinion: The politicians have failed on guns. Time to go to the people / by Ethan Strimling”

Opinion: Restoring fairness for the Wabanaki requires Congressional action, too / by Garrett Martin

The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribe, Penobscot Nation, and Mi’kmaq Nation are recognized under federal law. But unlike the 570 other federally recognized tribes, these four tribes in Maine – collectively known as the Wabanaki nations – are unfairly excluded from the very laws and programs Congress creates to benefit Indigenous peoples. ContraryContinue reading “Opinion: Restoring fairness for the Wabanaki requires Congressional action, too / by Garrett Martin”