Maine’s housing affordability crisis needs a public option, says lawmaker / by Dan Neumann

The Kennedy Park public housing development in Portland. | Courtesy of the Portland Housing Authority Originally Published in the Beacon on January 23, 2023 One major potential solution to the state’s runaway cost of housing never seems to get discussed by Maine lawmakers: Public housing. For decades, the idea of building new publicly-owned, permanently affordableContinue reading “Maine’s housing affordability crisis needs a public option, says lawmaker / by Dan Neumann”

Bills to ensure wealthy and corporations pay fair share of taxes will be a focus this session / by Evan Popp

Mainers rally in Augusta in 2019 for a fair tax code | Beacon Orignally published in Maine Beacon, January 13, 2022 Advocates and progressive lawmakers are planning to push a series of tax fairness measures this legislative session in an effort to rebalance Maine’s tax code and ensure that the wealthy and corporations are payingContinue reading “Bills to ensure wealthy and corporations pay fair share of taxes will be a focus this session / by Evan Popp”

Senate Republicans block proposed heating relief, housing assistance plan / by Evan Popp

Photo of chamber voting board for LD1 | Republicans block emergency winter energy relief plan Originally published in the Maine Beacon on December 8, 2022 Senate Republicans on Wednesday rejected Gov. Janet Mills’ plan to provide immediate aid to Mainers through direct checks, other relief for home heating and investments in housing assistance, dealing a blow to effortsContinue reading “Senate Republicans block proposed heating relief, housing assistance plan / by Evan Popp”

Harvard study: Restricting sovereignty has stifled Wabanaki economic development / by Dan Neumann

Originally published in the Maine Beacon on December 8, 2022 A new report from Harvard University finds that the state of Maine’s unique control over the Wabanaki Nations has significantly stifled their economic development.  The report indicates that this is largely the result of the restrictions of the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980, which limitsContinue reading “Harvard study: Restricting sovereignty has stifled Wabanaki economic development / by Dan Neumann”

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 News: Here’s how your state legislator voted on environmental issues this year / by Evan Popp

Photo: A climate justice rally in Augusta | Courtesy of 350 Maine Originally published in the Beacon, https://mainebeacon.com/ Maine Conservation Voters on Tuesday released its legislative scorecard for 2022, calling this year’s session “a banner year for Maine’s environment, climate and democracy” but acknowledging that “in the same moment, much of what we value is at risk.”Continue reading “Maine News: Here’s how your state legislator voted on environmental issues this year / by Evan Popp”

Maine News: With Redbank purchase, housing advocates warn of rise of corporate landlords in Maine / by Dan Neumann

Photo: A two-unit residence at Redbank Village in South Portland from the complex’s website. Originally published in the Beacon on July 26, 2022 A few months after property management firm JRK Property Holdings of Los Angeles took over Redbank Village, a 500-unit apartment complex in South Portland where some tenants pay subsidized rent, they beganContinue reading “Maine News: With Redbank purchase, housing advocates warn of rise of corporate landlords in Maine / by Dan Neumann”

Opinion: QAnon conspiracist Christiane Northrup jumps into GOP primaries / Andy O’Brien

Photo: Second District candidate Liz Caruso and Dr. Christiane Northup and the Maine Republican convention.  QAnon influencer and best selling author Christiane Northrup of Yarmouth has turned her sights to the federal and local primary and general elections this year in effort to unleash an “army of angels” to vote for political candidates who signContinue reading “Opinion: QAnon conspiracist Christiane Northrup jumps into GOP primaries / Andy O’Brien”