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A Convention for Proposing Amendments: Facts vs. Fear

By Ken Quinn — Is an Article V Convention for Proposing Amendments the same as a Constitutional Convention? That seems to be the most misunderstood issue in…

LePage: Wood-burning stoves get a regulatory chill

By Gov. Paul LePage - Spring is late this year throughout much of the country, and in northern states plenty of people are still firing up wood-burning stoves. Some…

Editorial: Harsh Words No Excuse for Quashing Dissent

The following editorial was published in the March 4-10 edition of the Downeast Coastal Press. It is reproduced here, with permission, in full.  – A controversy surrounding conservative…

Lockman Responds to Liberal Blogger Mike Tipping

Lockman Responds to Liberal Blogger Mike Tipping

The following op-ed originally appeared in the March 3 edition of the Downeast Coastal Press, a weekly newspaper based in Cutler, Maine.  - By Rep. Larry Lockman…

Schaeffer: Human Capital and Maine’s Future

“There is no precedent in human history for economic growth on declining human capital – and that’s before anyone invented unsustainable welfare systems.” – Mark Steyn,  America…

Maine’s budget blow-out would be worse if not for LePage pension reform

Once again, like a recurring nightmare, another gaping hole has been ripped in the state budget. And once again, it’s the same hungry beast ripping the biggest…

Exclusive: The “Frary Juggernaut” will not challenge Saviello

THE ZEUS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY That would be me. It turns out that I have the power to raise what is being called a “spits-storm” (readers are…

Schaeffer: Progressives, stop torturing language

Could we puhleeease stop abusing common English for political purposes?  This week I read another opinion item by a progressive carrying on about a number of their…

Reactions to President Obama’s SOTU Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address Tuesday night. Here are some of the best reactions and analysis from around…

Schaeffer: Tooth Fairy Government: Bringing Medicaid expansion to a town near you

“It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors,…

Bucklin: In making Maine competitive, attitude is everything

Maine’s economy is beginning to show signs of relative competitiveness. After years of ranking dead last for business friendliness, the pro-growth resurgence of the 2010 elections is…

Why did the BDN refuse to publish this letter to the editor?

The Bangor Daily News refused to publish the following letter to the editor regarding liberal blogger Amy Fried: It’s concerning to think that BDN columnist Prof. Amy Fried is teaching…

In The News

Moody steps down from MHPC for national role

PORTLAND – J. Scott Moody, CEO of The Maine Heritage Policy Center, announced his resignation on Thursday at the center’s monthly policy luncheon in Portland. Moody, who…

Maine jobless rate falls again to 5.9 percent

Maine jobless rate falls again to 5.9 percent

AUGUSTA – The jobless rate in Maine fell again to 5.9 in March, from 6.1 percent in February and 6.8 percent on year ago. “The number of…

Well-funded Poliquin campaign releases first ad

After raising more than $121,000 in the first three months of 2014, former state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin has released his campaign’s first television ad, a biographical spot…

Welfare growth outpaces private sector workers

The United States had just 86 million full-time private-sector workers in 2012, compared with 148 million recipient of welfare benefits, according to U.S. Census numbers highlighted by…

Poll: Maine Governor’s race is dead heat

A poll out Wednesday morning shows Republican Gov. Paul LePage with a slight lead over both opponents in his reelection bid. LePage leads the gubernatorial contest with…

RGA slams Michaud over 99 tax hike votes

The Republican Governors Association slammed Democrat U.S. Rep Michael Michaud on Tuesday – Tax Day – for voting more than 99 times to increase taxes or impose…

Raye campaign touts $82k raised in first quarter of 2014

Former state Senate President Kevin Raye announced on Tuesday that his congressional campaign raised more than $82,000 in the first quarter of 2014, giving the Republican candidate…

Obama has proposed 442 tax hikes since taking office

President Barack Obama has tried to raise taxes 442 times since taking office, according to a new report from American’s for Tax Reform. “History tells us what…

VIDEO: Michaud attacks LePage with bogus statistics

Democratic gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud published a YouTube video in which the candidate makes false claims about the wage gap between Maine men and women.…

With Obamacare enrollment, the devil is in the details

Two new reports about the impact of the Affordable Care Act are casting a shadow over the much-ballyhooed Obamacare milestone of 7 million HealthCare.gov enrollees. The first,…

The Welfare Floor Speech Maine Dems Didn’t Want You to Hear

The following is a speech prepared by Rep. Sharri MacDonald (R-Old Orchard Beach) to be given on the floor of the Maine House on Tuesday, April 8,…

Dem Senator makes bank on Medicare payments

Dem Senator makes bank on Medicare payments

BANGOR – A Democratic state senators medical practice pulled in $1.8 million in Medicare reimbursements in 2012, according to provider payment data recently released by the Centers…

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