Category Archives: Hot Button Issues

Michaud pays female staffers more: Debunking right-wing think tank’s claims on equal pay

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There is not much I enjoy more than catching right-wing think tanks with their pants down. And I especially love it when we catch them as they are screaming “Democratic hypocrisy!” A recent column in the Portland Press Herald by the Maine Heritage Policy Center policy analyst Steve Robinson tried to debunk Democratic efforts to pay women […]

Are LePage’s welfare reforms unconstitutional, unenforceable and unethical?

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Ethan: What is up with you Republicans and welfare? You spend more time trying to make it harder for people to get support in hard times than you do reducing the causes of poverty. Phil: You support people on welfare spending their money at casinos and strip clubs? Ethan: If you actually had some evidence […]

Irresponsible spending by LePage or political posturing by the legislature?

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Yesterday we spoke with our political analysts on two hot button issues in front of the legislature this week. The Legislature voted to defund the Alexander Report and while Phil Harriman said it’s political posturing, Ethan Strimling said the report had major flaws. “The legislature is saying if you aren’t going to stop this irresponsible spending […]

LePage says he wants more welfare?

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Phil: Google. Amazon. Nike. Ethan: Let me guess. You are checking investments for your clients? Phil: Teslar. General Electric. IBM. Ethan: You are trying to memorize the 30 stocks of the Dow? Phil: Southwest Airlines. Boeing. Lockheed Martin. Ethan: You want to buy an airplane for your wife? Phil: Costco. Cisco. Campbell Soup. Caterpillar. Ethan: […]

Will “Open for Business” open any businesses?

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Keeping a promise he made during his State of the State address, Governor Paul LePage announced his new plan to attract big businesses to two former air bases in Maine. The governor says his plan would give big incentives to any business that can invest at least $50,000,000, hire at least 1,500 employees, and locate at either the former Loring […]

Creating a virtual education monopoly is a step in the wrong direction

The debate over approving and implementing charter schools in Maine, especially digital learning options for Maine students, continues to heat up. As I write, legislation is moving forward in Augusta that threatens to undercut the lengthy, thoughtful and rigorous Charter School Commission school approval process and instead send Maine parents and students back to the […]

Can someone please explain how Democrats think?

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Phil: Can you explain to me how Democrats think? Ethan: I’ve been waiting for you to ask that question for five years! It all started with Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republican Party which ultimately became the Democratic Party… Phil: Let me be more clear and move you to a bit more modern times. Didn’t President […]