Tag Archives: Paul LePage

LePage’s stance on NFL could save lives. Who will join him?

In an unusual move for him, Gov. Paul LePage recently used the bully pulpit of his office to weigh in on a situation that didn’t directly fall under his job responsibilities: the National Football League’s light response to one of its players being arrested for assaulting his now-wife. For those who might be unfamiliar with the situation, […]

Democrats, Republicans prove Eliot Cutler is a real independent

The recent revelation that Democrats attempted to recruit Eliot Cutler as their 2014 gubernatorial candidate should come as no surprise, even after they ran one of the nastiest campaigns in Maine political history against him. After all, after attacking him constantly in 2010 the Democrats’ tactic in 2014 has been to suggest that he ought […]

Michaud ducks decision on immigration issue

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin. BDN photo by Troy Bennett.

Recently, a new crisis with the potential to threaten national security has arisen. This time, it’s not in Israel, Syria, Ukraine, or Iraq, but in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The recent flood of illegal immigrants across our border with Mexico has a destabilizing effect in this country, on our economy as well as […]

Left-wing group steps out of bounds

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Here in Maine, we have a tradition of civility in our politics, especially at the legislative level. Even those negative ads that are sent are generally rather tame, highlighting legislators’ votes rather than attacking them personally. When either party does cross the line, they are frequently called out, often by their own supporters. Last week, we […]

Beware the perils of fake bipartisanship

Not all bipartisanship is created equal: There’s real bipartisanship and fake bipartisanship. There was plenty of both on full display in the Legislature this week. In real bipartisanship, both sides actually come together to solve a problem. They negotiate to find a solution that both of them can support. They make sacrifices, and nobody gets […]

Everything, including ‘right to work,’ should be on the table in a conversation about Maine jobs

Gov. Paul LePage has made a bold proposal with his “Open for Business” zones, expanding upon the Pine Tree Zones established under former Gov. John Baldacci. This is exactly the kind of reform Maine’s economy needs to make our economy more competitive. Making it easier to do business here is what will attract businesses, not […]