Articles by Amy Fried

 
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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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Obamacare leads to massive drop in uninsured

on July 11, 2014, at 7:21 a.m.
Gallup reports that the percentage of uninsured Americans is at its lowest point since they started measuring it in 2008. And, yes, this is according to a private public opinion firm. These are not government figures. Not only that, every age group has more people insured and fewer uninsured. The …
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How birth control saves money, and two other health care success stories

on July 10, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.
Health care is expensive, very expensive. So any news about how costs are being controlled is very good news. Here’s three examples of that happening: 1. Medicare is costing a lot less than predicted – in the states and nationally. As Kaiser Health reports, Medicare’s costs are now more than …
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How birth control saves money, and two other health care success stories

on July 10, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.
Health care is expensive, very expensive. So any news about how costs are being controlled is very good news. Here are three examples: 1. Medicare is costing a lot less than predicted  As Kaiser Health reports, Medicare’s costs are now more than $1000 a person less than what was predicted. …
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Fiddling with figures doesn’t add jobs to Maine’s economy

on July 08, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
In an odd convergence, 2012 presidential election polls and Gov. Paul LePage’s view of Social Security, “welfare” and the Maine economy now have something in common. Some of Mitt Romney’s supporters in 2012 embarked on an effort to establish that President Obama wasn’t really ahead. In the most outlandish example, …
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LePage said “get our guns” as extremists wrote him on revolution

on July 07, 2014, at 8:06 a.m.
May 28, 2013 was one of those days when something Gov. LePage said hit national news, going viral. It was also a day that, as few people knew, his office received a memo from an extremist group mentioning violent options should they not get satisfaction. The memo included talking points …
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Did LePage approach a judge about extremist group?

on July 05, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
A follow-up message raises questions about whether Gov. LePage asked a judge about an extremist group’s absurd constitutional views. As known by those following the story about Gov. LePage’s eight meetings with members of an extremist groups, the governor asked a county sheriff to meet with him and members of …

Did LePage approach a judge about extremist group?

By Amy Fried on July 05, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
A follow-up message raises questions about whether Gov. LePage asked a judge about an extremist group’s absurd constitutional views. As known by those following the story about Gov. LePage’s eight meetings with members of an extremist groups, the governor asked a county sheriff to meet with him and members of …
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Before LePage summoned sheriff, Sovereign Citizens mentioned violent options

on July 03, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.
One of the oddest parts of the story of Gov. LePage holding eight meetings with members of the Constitutional Coalition involves the governor following the group’s request to have the sheriff of Kennebec County meet them. Later the group asked the sheriff to serve papers on Attorney General Janet Mills …
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LePage’s meetings with extremists make Buckley and Smith spin in their graves

on July 01, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
Decades ago William F. Buckley and Margaret Chase Smith drew a bright line between legitimate conservatism and the extremist right. Speaking out against Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wisconsin, in 1950 Smith proclaimed, “As a Republican, I say to my colleagues on this side of the aisle that the Republican Party faces …
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How surprising is it that LePage called Social Security, Medicare “welfare”?

on June 26, 2014, at 8 a.m.
See updates at the end of the post. Social Security and Medicare are very popular programs that vastly reduced the rate of poverty among the elderly. So maybe you’d think that, in the nation’s oldest state, a major party candidate wouldn’t categorize those programs as “welfare.” At the same time, …
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What the Maine governor race looks like in June 2014

on June 25, 2014, at 8:02 a.m.
Every so often a new poll comes out on the 2014 Maine governor race. The most recent, published in the Press-Herald and conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Research Center had a close race between Mike Michaud (40%) and Paul LePage (36%), within the margin of error, with …
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Poliquin pick quickens the pulse of Maine’s far right

on June 17, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
What happened last week, in Maine and the nation, shows, to paraphrase Mark Twain, that the reports of the tea party’s death are greatly exaggerated. The national political scene was shaken by the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia. Cantor’s opponent, David Brat, is a little known …
 
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