Tag Archives: Paul LePage

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 […]

We’ve spurned spending limits, rejected tax increases: With tax votes in Maine, it’s complicated

The moment Gov. Paul LePage mentioned a tax relief initiative in his State of the State address last week, asking the Legislature to allow the people of Maine to vote on it, liberals went on the attack. Knowing little about LePage’s proposal for a referendum asking voters if they want a $100 million tax cut […]