Category Archives: Policy

Is a tax cap good politics, good policy, neither or both?

It’s been a busy week in Maine politics, from the governor’s State of the State address to a fiercely partisan battle over municipal revenue sharing. Political analysts Phil Harriman and Ethan Strimling go In The Arena with Pat Callaghan. Top of the agenda in the below segment is whether there will be bi-partisan support for his […]

Is LePage taking the Republican Party back to the 1990s?

Ethan: So, your boy gave quite a speech on Tuesday night. War on drugs. Tax caps. Union bashing. It sounds like the Republican Party has decided to refight the lost battles of the 1990s. Phil: Didn’t you mean to say: compassion for drug-affected newborns, limits on government and the right to choose if you want […]

What was Cutler thinking with shrill response to EqualityMaine endorsement?

Phil: Well, our friends at EqualityMaine certainly created a stir last week when they endorsed U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud for governor. Eliot Cutler was quite displeased. Ethan: Yeah. I’m surprised about the reaction, honestly. As I wrote in a blog this week, Michaud has been nearly perfect on LGBT issues for 15 years. While Cutler […]

Like King and Clinton, Michaud never looked back on equality

After Mike Michaud announced that he was gay, some of us in the media and politics celebrated his courage. There is a reason that in the history of America, no out man has ever been elected governor. It was truly risky to come out in the middle of a campaign, when 13 percent of the […]