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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...

  • Letter: Falmouth should ban plastic shopping bags

    I fully support a ban on plastic bags that are used to carry items out of Falmouth's stores. As a compromise to make this ban more palatable to Falmouth's businesses and to encourage reusable bags, I suggest a small paper bag fee such as 5 cents, which the merchant could keep. Plastic bags...

  • Letter: McLean grateful for re-election to Maine House

    I was honored and humbled to have been re-elected by the people of Gorham and Scarborough to represent Maine House District 27. I am deeply grateful for the faith and trust that you have placed in me. Since my first campaign for the Maine House in 2012, I have knocked on nearly 7,000 doors...

  • Letter: Thanks for supporting Yarmouth turkey drive

    On behalf of Yarmouth-area veterans I would like to thank the many generous citizens who donated to our turkey drive on Nov. 15. Although we had a lower number of frozen turkeys than usual (24), probably because some of the supermarket turkey sales hadn't started yet, we had a tremendous year col...

  • Intentionally Unreasonable: When political parties select, we can't elect

    In a recent column I suggested that, despite popular and widespread delusions and political mythology, our government is not “broken” and instead it is, We the People, who are broken. I believe that truth, and I’ll try to explain it below. But to start, let me confess why...

  • Letter: Payeur thanks Falmouth campaign supporters

    I am writing to publicly thank all those that supported me during my recent bid for the Maine House of Representatives. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Traveling around town and knocking on the doors of thousands of people  cemented in my mind what a wonderful place to live Falmo...

  • The Right View: It's not who wins or loses, it's how they count the votes

    Why is the ongoing saga of the state Senate District 25 race between Republican Cathleen Manchester and Democrat Catherine Breen so historic? It’s true that the drama is fascinating, and exciting, to political observers. Perhaps “exciting” isn’t the word the candida...

  • Letter: Watson thanks House District 51 voters

    With the hard-fought election now over and the holiday season in front of us, I wanted to take a quick moment to thank all the citizens of House District 51 for believing in me. My thanks extends to my opponent and her family as well, who clearly made a lot of sacrifices over these past few month...

  • The Universal Notebook: Two Maines, two brains?

    When one of the callers to John McDonald’s Sunday morning talk show on WGAN noted that the difference in the November election was not so much between northern and southern Maine as it was between rural and urban Maine, McDonald asked me why I thought urban areas were more liberal than rura...