Articles by: Jill Goldthwait

Jill Goldthwait

Jill Goldthwait

Retired nurse and former independent Maine State Senator.
  • Time to abolish the concept draft

    Welcome to a legislative rabbit hole — the concept draft. It is a way of submitting legislation that is much abused, though it had merit as originally designed. What if this newspaper’s editor accepted “concept columns”? Title: “Concept Drafts.” Column, in its entirety: “Concept drafts may be good or bad.” It states a point of

  • Time to abolish the concept draft

    Welcome to a legislative rabbit hole — the concept draft. It is a way of submitting legislation that is much abused, though it had merit as originally designed. What if this newspaper’s editor accepted “concept columns”? Title: “Concept Drafts.” Column, in its entirety: “Concept drafts may be good or bad.” It states a point of

  • When will this emergency end?

    Four days before the first anniversary of Governor Janet Mills’ first COVID emergency proclamation, the Maine Senate defeated a legislative attempt to “terminate the state of emergency first proclaimed by Governor Janet T. Mills on March 15, 2020.” The resolution that would have ended the Governor’s emergency authority was introduced by Sen. Rick Bennett of

  • Maine GOP puts Collins in the crosshairs

    Last week, Maine Republican Party Chairwoman Demi Kouzounas announced a special meeting for March 13 to ponder Sen. Susan Collins’ vote to convict former president Donald Trump and consider “possible action from this committee.” The move was in response to what was called a “grassroots outcry” from Republicans “almost universally outraged” by the senator’s decision

  • The cost of conscience

    Margaret Chase Smith, we don’t need no stinkin’ declaration of conscience! As the chairman of a Republican Party committee in Pennsylvania said of Sen. Pat Toomey, “We did not send him there to vote his conscience. We did not send him there to do the right thing … We sent him there to represent us.”

  • The virus of disrespect is still raging too

    Governor Janet Mills issued her first executive order on Jan. 3, 2019, the day after she was inaugurated. It was “An Order to Require the Expeditious Implementation of the MaineCare Expansion.” That order is typical of the “first 100 days,” “let’s get to it” stuff of which politics is made. The Governor campaigned on the

  • Bills target taxes, nuisance bears and legislating while drunk

    COMMENTARY: “Former National Football League wide receiver Irving Fryar came out of a rookie orientation with the following advice to his colleagues: ‘We’re going to have some idiots come out of this room. Those of you feeling good about yourselves, stop it. You ain’t did nothing yet,'” writes Columnist Jill Goldthwait this week. “Legislators should heed his words. Despite the thrill of winning an election, the swearing-in ceremony and taking your very own seat in a historic chamber, it is easy to forget you have yet to do any of the work you promised when you ran for office.”

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