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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • The Universal Notebook: Smarten up, America

    Back during the 2008 presidential campaign, liberal political commentator and comedian Bill Maher took a lot of flak for suggesting that the American electorate was too stupid to be governed. After watching the debt ceiling deal debacle, I’m beginning to think maybe American politici... 11

  • Letter: 'Tri High' lingers in South Portland

    I participated in the Tri for a Cure as a relay team biker. This was one of the most amazing events: the camaraderie, passion, commitment and enthusiasm of over 1,000 women, many cancer survivors, was overwhelmingly heartwarming. It was incredibly well organized with donations over $1 million. Bu...

  • The View from Away: 'Glee'-fully 'Making Remarks'

    In TV writing, the trick is to make each episode seem different using the same characters and story elements in different combinations. It’s Sudoku with words, and it’s the most time consuming part of your job (it also makes you age in dog years, but that’s a story for another ...

  • Forecaster Forum: Maine really is the way life should be

    I left Maine because I had the nerve to think I could do it better someplace else, and on paper I had everything I needed to do so. I was on the West Coast in a pristine location, where endless rolling hills meet sandy beaches without a man-made structure in sight. The coldest it got in th...

  • Letter: Tax question defines Cape Elizabeth election

    There was a pivotal question during the Aug. 3 candidates night in Cape Elizabeth, concerning the local-option sales tax proposed by then-Rep. Cynthia Dill. Dill’s bill was unanimously rejected by the House Taxation Committee on May 5. The question asked both candidates for House District 1...

  • Letter: Cape Elizabeth deserves Thompson

    For the first time in years, Cape Elizabeth residents have an opportunity to send a true representative to Augusta for House District 121 when they vote on Aug. 16. The difference between the two candidates is striking, as evidenced in particular by their performance on candidates night. Nancy...

  • Letter: Thompson is prepared to represent Cape Elizabeth

    The Aug. 3 candidates night gave Cape Elizabeth voters the clearest choice possible to represent our community in Augusta. Nancy Thompson had facts and figures ready and it was obvious that she had researched the issues. She was able to clearly explain her position and support her reasoning. N...

  • Letter: A reminder from South Portland rep

    I would like to remind residents that starting Aug. 1, applications for refunds of up to $1,600 will become available for property taxes or rent paid in 2010 as part of the popular “Circuit Breaker” program. This state tax refund program provides middle- and low-income residents with ...