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Plowman: The Dark Side of Michaud’s Obscurity [Warning: Brutal Take-down]

By Debra Plowman — Mainers expect bold leadership from their representatives in Washington, D.C. Whether Democratic or Republican, the people we have sent from our small state…

Maine communities could become more dangerous without bear baiting, hounding, trapping

Black bears are becoming a national menace as well as a serious threat to public safety and private property, and exacerbating this problem is the Humane Society…

The Maine Democrats’ Fiscal Epiphany

By Jonathan McKane  – Maine Democrats and the Maine press are fed up. They are demanding action. And for the first time in decades, they are speaking…

Cruz blasts Dems’ attack on First Amendment

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Monday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blasted Senate Democrats for supporting a constitutional amendment that, he says, undermines American’s First…

Trahan: The Rise of the Animal Rights Movement

By David Trahan — In politics today, it is virtually impossible to expose the true motives of an individual candidate or special interest group; in addition, with…

Bear Referendum Not About Bears

By David Trahan - Don’t be fooled by the group calling itself, “Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting” when they tell you this November’s referendum is an attempt to…

Poliquin: I will defend the U.S. Constitution

Our nation’s founders painstakingly created one of the most lasting documents in human history — the United States Constitution. For 225 years, our “unalienable rights” of life…

Convention of States: Ignorance of Our History May Be Our Ruin

By Ken Quinn, Coalitions Director for the Convention of States Project in Maine – We, as citizens of the United States, have become quite ignorant of our…

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…

In The News

Sting operation shows majority of fake Obamacare applications getting approved

As problems with President Barack Obama’s health care law continue to unfold across the country, a new sting operation launched by the Government Accountability Office has discovered…

LePage to enforce welfare-to-work requirement

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday it will require nearly 12,000 able-bodied Food Stamp recipients to work, provide volunteer services, or participate…

Michaud applauds Mass Gov Patrick’s decision to house undocumented immigrants

At a campaign event in Saco on Monday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michael Michaud joined York County Democrats in giving a standing ovation to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick…

Claim: Michaud never got a bill passed in Congress?

As the 2014 gubernatorial campaign heats up, political parties, politicians, political action committees and even anonymous Twitter accounts are making all manner of claims about their favorite…

Bellows takes flak for using out-of-state actor

Shenna Bellows, Democratic candidate for Senate, is taking flak for her campaigns use of an out-of-state actor in a commercial. Although the ad talks about supporting Maine…

Maine Family Endures Health Insurance Nightmare

Maine Family Endures Health Insurance Nightmare

A Maine family is enduring a nightmare as the result of systemic data problems with the government-run health insurance exchanges created under President Obama’s health care reform…

Listen: Robinson talks IRS scandal on WGAN

Maine Wire Editor Steve Robinson filled in for WGAN Morning News host Mike Violette this week. In case you missed it, you can listen to Robinson talk…

Poliquin, Cain and Richardson report fundraising totals

Candidates for Maine’s Second Congressional District reported fund raising totals this week. Republican Bruce Poliquin has an edge over Democrat Emily Cain, while independent candidate Blaine Richardson…

Poland officials furious with Dem Senator Cleveland for over-billing

POLAND – State Sen. John Cleveland (D-Androscoggin) is taking fire from Poland’s board of selectman after he billed the town $12,725 for services estimated to cost about…

Memos from Attorney General’s office shed light on GA flap

The LePage administration’s decision to crackdown on municipalities that give General Assistance (GA) to undocumented immigrants has created a firestorm driven by Democrat Attorney General Janet Mills…

White House: “Corrosive Culture” at Veterans Affairs’ health care centers

Despite a “corrosive culture” and “chronic systemic failures,” the U.S. Veterans Affairs health care system provides excellent health care — if you can get an appointment. That’s…

Data flaws jeopardize ObamaCare coverage for millions

Inconsistencies in application data submitted to online health care insurance exchanges may jeopardize coverage for millions of Americans and cause massive headaches come next tax season. According…

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