State of Maine

  • Party platforms tread worn paths

    Maine’s two major political parties have held their conventions, and there were no surprises. The platforms approved by the conventions reflect the current ideological contrasts between the parties. Neither one gave Maine voters much cause to reconsider their allegiance to one party or the other. Republicans met first, in late April. They brought a proposed

  • Health care by the numbers doesn’t add up

    Last week we considered the growing distance between health-care providers and their patients, driven by increasing demands by payers for providers to account for every minute of their time and to increase their “outputs.” Those outputs revolve around you, shivering in your hospital gown in a chilly exam room, awaiting your 10 minutes of time

  • Human connection missing from modern health care

    What is it with health care these days that is so deeply unsatisfying? Though diagnosis and treatment get better and better, once you have made your way into the hands of a practitioner an experience that was once personal, even intimate, is now one frustration after another. Most providers are no longer willing to give

  • Calendar crunch facing bogged-down Legislature

    By Jill Goldthwait The Maine Legislature had barely reinhabited the State House when a first-floor flood shut the place down again for almost a week. Now legislators are back, trying to make progress toward adjourning by the statutory date of April 20. Last Thursday was just the eighth “legislative day” of the second and final

  • Primary lineup brings few surprises

    As of March 15, the list of party candidates for the June primary elections is finalized. Much of it went as expected in Hancock County, and at the state and federal levels as well. Yet some general election fun is promised by “open” seats, meaning those without an incumbent running. Neither of Maine’s U.S. senators,

  • State races shaping up as deadline approaches

    Hancock County legislative races are taking shape, and despite no one on the House side being term-limited, there are some interesting contests emerging. Redistricting has scrambled the roster of who has which towns, so incumbents will have some new towns in which to campaign. The Hancock County House delegation is mid-life, legislatively speaking. Of the