• Grab for power

    Governor Paul LePage is attempting, via the legislative process, to strip Maine’s attorney general of the authority to pass judgment on the legality of regulations proposed by state agencies to implement laws passed by the Legislature. The Governor takes issue with Attorney General Janet Mills’ opinion that some of those regulations likely are in conflict

  • The Governor’s road show

    Whether one agrees with or opposes Governor Paul LePage’s tax reform proposals, the public discussion and debate they have generated is part of a valuable and informative process. An audience estimated at more than 180 people turned out last week when LePage brought his road show to Ellsworth High School. The avowed goal of the

  • Concealed carry

    Police chiefs from across the state have rightly denounced a proposal (LD 652) by state Sen. Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin County) to allow almost any adult Mainer to carry a concealed handgun. Brakey’s contention that current permitting system for concealed weapons “makes you jump through legal hoops to wear a jacket” is both glib and disingenuous.

  • Corn ethanol give-away

    Back in 2005, Congress enacted into law the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which forced oil refiners to blend biofuels into gasoline as a way to lower carbon emissions and make the United States less dependent on foreign oil. U.S. gasoline consumption peaked in 2007 and has declined 6 percent since then. But because the standard

  • Right-sizing government

    The Maine Legislature will consider upwards of 2,000 bills before its current session adjourns sometime in June, but none of them will be of greater import than a state budget for the next biennium. The budget proposal of Republican Governor Paul LePage and that of Democrats in the Maine House and Senate are far apart.

  • Restoring civility

    In a lecture last week at the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins suggested that we, as a people, turn the mirror on ourselves when we wonder about the divisiveness, animosity and loss of civility that pervade public discourse and interaction from the halls of the U.S. Senate to

  • From “A” grade to watch list

    After receiving the state’s highest rating grade for two consecutive years, the Surry Elementary School now finds itself among Maine schools on a watch list, thanks to the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The school recently was identified as a “monitor school” for its failure to attain “adequate yearly progress” toward the challenging goal

  • LMF funds hold hostage

    Governor Paul LePage has thumbed his nose at Maine voters — and not for the first time — with his refusal to allow the sale of voter-approved bonds totaling $11.4 million for the Land for Maine’s Future program. LePage dispatched Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock to last week’s LMF board meeting with word that

  • Kudos to Collins and King

    Once again, Maine’s Susan Collins has rejected the stance taken by a majority of her Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate. And once again, she is deserving of a full measure of respect from her Maine constituents. Collins and just six other senators refused earlier this month to  join 47 Republicans who signed an open

  • Clinton and secrecy

    There are those who contend that the firestorm over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system during her tenure as U.S. secretary of state is tantamount to making a mountain out of a molehill. We don’t agree. Why would a person who holds one of the nation’s top offices take steps to keep her