Articles by Amy Fried

 

Why is Cutler so far back in the polls?

By Amy Fried on Sept. 15, 2014, at 8:20 a.m.
As Mike Tipping writes today, the polls in the Maine governor’s race continue to show Cutler far back. How far back? The last three polls have Cutler at 11% (Public Policy Polling), 15% (Rasmussen) and 10% (YouGov). These polls, when such data are provided, show that Michaud would win against …
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Why is Cutler so far back in the polls?

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 8:20 a.m.
As Mike Tipping writes today, the polls in the Maine governor’s race continue to show Cutler far back. How far back? The last three polls have Cutler at 11% (Public Policy Polling), 15% (Rasmussen) and 10% (YouGov). These polls, when such data are provided, show that Michaud would win against …
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Michaud’s brains, experience and ideas

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 8:59 a.m.
Maine political media are a-flutter with the news of the tape of Sen. Gratwick telling a constituent that Mike Michaud is “good, he’s good, he’s strong, high average but not a brain guy.” (As the full quote shows, Gratwick certainly did not say Michaud is not smart. And that’s from a …
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Mike Michaud’s shocking temperament

on Sept. 09, 2014, at 9:42 a.m.
Twelve-plus years ago Rick Bennett, now the chairman of the Maine Republican Party, said something about Maine politics and Mike Michaud that would sound really shocking today. Today, of course, we have a governor who threatened to move his office out of the State House, wouldn’t put together a supplemental …
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Gov. Paul LePage

LePage keeps saying “no” as more GOP governors expand coverage

on Sept. 08, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
Gov. LePage’s stance on health policy has left Mainers scared, including cancer survivors. Kaiser Health News tells the story of one, 61 year old Laura Tasheiko. She’s unlike the image LePage and his allies portray of the person who would benefit from Medicaid expansion, the youngish man with a moustache, …
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LePage tells newspapers to drop dead as another GOP governor pursues people’s health

on Aug. 28, 2014, at 8:26 a.m.
What a contrast: As Gov. LePage said it’s a plague that newspapers are “still alive,” another Republican governor is pursuing a policy that will save lives and improve health. In deep red Wyoming, Republican Gov. Matt Mead has started negotiating with federal officials on expanding Medicaid. Like Maine, the state …
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Goodbye summer. Hello college and paying for it.

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.
Late August is always a busy, bittersweet time. Summer is ending and school is starting. Two months from now, costumed children will come knocking, shouting “Trick or treat.” Two months ago, high schools sent another crop of young people off to jobs, the military, technical school and college. For the first …
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Fewer Mainers were born in Maine. What does that mean politically?

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 9 a.m.
Maine is changing, with a population that has an increasing portion of people in the state who moved to Maine. A fabulous set of interactive graphics from the New York Times shows changes in the backgrounds of each states’ residents. Maine’s graph shows that, while native Mainers were a stable and …
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Mitt’s pollster says greater GOP enthusiasm may not matter

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 12 p.m.
At some point, election polls start presenting results for a group of those questioned, the likely voters. And one of the items used in sorting respondents and determining who is a likely voter is a question about how enthusiastic people are about voting. Based on the turnout in the 2014 …
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For healthier hospitals and Maine, LePage should have listened

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.
Readers of a certain age likely remember a television ad about an investment company that supposedly was so good that, when people heard its name, they quieted down and leaned in to try to hear its advice. Following the hush on airplanes and in restaurants, the ad’s tag line was …
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What happened in Cleveland after Medicaid expansion shows Maine blew it

on Aug. 07, 2014, at 9:04 a.m.
In Maine, Gov. LePage and Republican opponents of Medicaid expansion claimed that an expansion wouldn’t improve health outcomes nor decrease emergency room use. But look what’s happened in Cleveland  Cleveland taxpayers did a sort of early Medicaid expansion which involved a public hospital, MetroHealth. Greater coverage was joined by intensive …
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Bipartisan: Michaud worked with McCain to get VA deal

on July 31, 2014, at 8:25 a.m.
How bipartisan can you get? The VA bill that just passed the House of Representatives near unanimously was negotiated by a very liberal senator who caucuses with the Democrats and a rather conservative member of the House of Representatives. Those negotiations were helped along by Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democrat, …
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What Maine seniors want and what candidates offer

on July 29, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.
Maine’s elderly women and men and their loved ones need help as they grapple with what so many of us have: figuring out how to provide care. As my grandmother Sadie aged, she relied on her family and fellow citizens. Grandma Sadie worked hard while raising a family but never …
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Supreme Court already said DC Court was wrong on Obamacare subsidies

on July 24, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.
The Supreme Court has already spoken on the DC Circuit’s three judge panel’s 2-1 decision that subsidies are only available for insurance purchased through state exchanges. This decision contradicted the decision of a unanimous three judge panel for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (Virginia). How could that be? That …
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Seven questions and answers about today’s Obamacare decisions

on July 22, 2014, at 1 p.m.
Today’s decision from a three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court about Obamacare is getting a lot of attention. 1. What did the decision do? Two of the three judges ruled that people cannot get subsidized health insurance unless they bought it through a state-run exchange. This would mean no subsidies …
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What happened in states that expanded Medicaid and ones that didn’t?

on July 20, 2014, at 8:20 a.m.
As of the end of June 2014, Gallup found the highest coverage since they started measuring in 2008. But take a look at the breakdown between states that expanded Medicaid and ones that did not, courtesy of a study from the Urban Institute. The pattern is very clear, but here …
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Obama’s job approval vs. George W. Bush — better but not great

on July 18, 2014, at 8:37 a.m.
Obama’s U.S. job approval are not strong right now. For a good part of his second term, his job approval numbers have been in the mid-forties. However, those numbers are clearly ahead of where George W. Bush was at this same point in Bush’s presidency. As this chart of data …
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Police manual extremists asked LePage to change included reason for their arrests

on July 16, 2014, at 12:16 p.m.
When they met with Gov. LePage, extremists asked him to change a manual on Sovereign Citizens used by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. As the Bangor Daily News and Mike Tipping reported, two individuals from that group were recently arrested. And, it turns out that a reason for their arrests …
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Phony facts, a fantasy Constitution and conspiracy mongering

on July 15, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
As the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan purportedly said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts.” Moynihan experienced people from across the political spectrum who made claims that had no basis in reality. In other words, they believed things that just aren’t so. How do …
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An antisemitic, racist group’s startling presence in Maine

on July 14, 2014, at 8:06 a.m.
Maine has a history of hate groups. In the 1920s, the KKK, a strong presence in the state, was aimed mostly at Catholics, particularly Franco-Americans. As many were “relative newcomers” from Quebec, this was largely a nativist, anti-immigrant movement. But the 1920s were long ago and Maine now has a …
 
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