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Michaud ducks decision on immigration issue

on July 24, 2014, at 1:16 p.m.
Recently, a new crisis with the potential to threaten national security has arisen. This time, it’s not in Israel, Syria, Ukraine, or Iraq, but in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The recent flood of illegal immigrants across our border with Mexico has a destabilizing effect in this country, on …

Orono’s ‘third space’ is what makes it special

By Julia Hathaway on July 24, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
The “third space” is a place that is not work or home where one spends time. It is one of the most simple yet important concepts of our time. Sadly, in a world where we are pushed to be independent, fear others who are different from us and save pennies …
Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, talks with Bob Schieffer on "Face the Nation" in Washington, in this photo taken May 8, 2014, courtesy of CBS News.

Elizabeth Warren for president?

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on July 24, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.
It was one of those important but dull hearings that doesn’t even get broadcast on C-SPAN 3. An obscure subcommittee was taking expert testimony on patient safety Thursday, and only four of its 14 members bothered to show up. Several of the public seats were empty, too. But Elizabeth Warren …
A damaged pay phone is seen on a boardwalk in the Rockaways section OF the Queens borough of New York in 2012.

A better way to use New York’s pay phones

By Susan Crawford, Bloomberg News on July 23, 2014, at 1:40 p.m.
The homely pay phones of New York City are ghostly, graffiti-scarred reminders of an earlier era. But they could play a role in the city’s digital environment if New York gets its priorities straight. The crucial step is for the city to treat these pay phones as it does its …

Maine has a solution that can help deliver top-quality care to veterans

By Valerie Fuller on July 23, 2014, at 1:23 p.m.
As a largely rural state, Maine is well-versed in the challenges of health care access. Our patient population is spread across a range of communities, many geographically remote and served by a sole primary care provider. With this experience, we can help the Department of Veterans Affairs meet its challenge …
Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a televised statement at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, in the early hours of July 21, 2014. Putin said Monday the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in east Ukraine must not be used for political ends and urged separatists to allow international experts access to the crash site.

Containing Putin

By Stephen J. Hadley, Special to The Washington Post on July 23, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has focused the world’s attention on Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. But the most basic questions are still unanswered: What is Russian President Vladimir Putin up to? How far will he go? And what should the United States do about it? Putin …
Pictured is Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Hampden.

Culture change needed to transition Mainers from welfare to workforce

By Andre Cushing on July 23, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
President Ronald Reagan famously said, “I believe the best social program is a job.” Those words were spoken in a different era, but they still ring true here in Maine today, and they are central to the new approach Republicans in Augusta are taking to move more Mainers from welfare …

Regulating Maine’s medical marijuana dispensaries

on July 23, 2014, at 11:22 a.m.
Fear of the federal government guided the early development of Maine’s medical marijuana dispensary program. I should know; 2010 was the beginning of the regulation of a complex, federally illegal, state-run program, and I was at the center of it. I was also regulating Maine’s health care system for the …
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Michaud intern crosses the line with crude, sexist remarks

on July 22, 2014, at 10:22 p.m.
On Tuesday, Ben Gagnon, an outspoken Michaud for Governor intern, posted on Twitter a collage of several of his past Tweets with the words “BREAKING NEWS: Sometimes I tweet things that some may find inappropriate.” The tweets were appalling, especially for a 21-year-old looking to start a career in politics.  They …

Smart shoppers choose cheaper store-brand aspirin

By Cass R. Sunstein, Bloomberg News on July 22, 2014, at 12:55 p.m.
At CVS, a 100-tablet package of store-brand aspirin costs you $1.99. Bayer aspirin is three times that much. Nonetheless, millions of people end up buying Bayer. When it comes to headache remedies, salt, sugar and hundreds of other important products, many people choose national brands even when a cheaper store …
U.S. President Barack Obama walks across Lafayette Park back to the White House on June 30, 2014.

The VA was born from scandal: How its latest failure offers hope for reform

By Colin Moore on July 22, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.
Scandal is nothing new to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. General Eric Shinseki’s resignation adds another chapter to the beleaguered agency’s long history of mismanagement. Although Maine’s 150,000 veterans were largely spared from the problems that plagued other parts of the country, the reports of shameful waiting list manipulations …
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows launched her 350-mile “Walk Across Maine for Jobs and the Economy” on Sunday, July 20, with a noon kickoff press conference in Houlton.

Social Security is a critical tool for retirement security; Shenna Bellows will fight for it

By Beth Edmonds on July 22, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
I first ran for state Senate in 2000 as a woman who didn’t consider herself a politician. I was proud to spend the next eight years successfully working to raise our minimum wage, secure unemployment benefits for part-time workers and improve labor standards around the state. As Maine Senate president, …
On July 17, 1980, George Bush and Ronald Reagan held a meeting to discuss their campaign strategy shortly after the end of the 1980 Republican convention held at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

The hand that rocks the ballot box

By Catherine Rampell, The Washington Post on July 22, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
In their denouncements of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women — the so-called “Beyonce voter” demographic, as one Fox News commentator sniggered. But, you know what? If you were running for office, you’d be wooing single ladies, …

Congress took impeachment seriously with Watergate

By Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg News on July 21, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
Bill Cohen served as an influential three-term U.S. senator, as well as secretary of defense, and is a respected global thinker. He believes his defining political moment occurred one summer four decades ago. As a 33-year-old freshman Republican representative from Maine, he was a central figure in the House Judiciary …
An excavator loads processed demolition debris at a landfill.

Taking too much food from the buffet has consequences

By Ronald B. Davis on July 21, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
When I was a child in the 1930s, my mother tried to get me to eat all the food on my plate by telling me to “think about all the starving children in India.” Today, I have a different reason for eating all the food on my plate — or …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is running as the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for the November election.

The dark side of Michaud’s obscurity

By Debra Plowman on July 21, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
Mainers expect bold leadership from their representatives in Washington, D.C. Whether Democratic or Republican, the people we have sent from our small state to our nation’s capital have stood out and have gotten things done in that crowded town. Ed Muskie wrote the Clean Air and Water Acts. Bill Cohen …
A woman lights candles at a memorial for victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Kuala Lumpur July 18, 2014.

MH17: Who did it? What next?

By Gwynne Dyer on July 21, 2014, at 9:38 a.m.
“… and once the TAR (Target Acquisition Radar) has lock-on, this light will go green. Then just push this button here, and the rest’s automatic. Good luck! Oh, and make sure nobody’s standing behind the missile when you launch.” Maybe the crew who launched the missile that brought down Malaysian …
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- 07/09/14 -- More than 400 people gathered at the South Portland Community Center gymnasium Wednesday night, July 9, when the City Council gave preliminary approval to legislation that would ban tar sands from the city's waterfront.

South Portland council should vote no on anti-oil sands ordinance

By Dana Connors on July 20, 2014, at 10:28 a.m.
As president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, I am pleased to be joined by Matt Marks, president of the Associated General Contractors of Maine; Brian Parke, president of the Maine Motor Transport Association; Hope Perkins, president of the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Maine chapter; Jamie Py, president of …
Dan Brown, a former dairy farmer from Blue Hill, addresses reporters and supporters before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments in his appeal against the state last May.

There’s more to local food sovereignty than Maine’s Supreme Court has acknowledged

By Hendrik Gideonse on July 20, 2014, at 9:24 a.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled against Dan Brown, a Blue Hill dairy farmer who sold raw milk from his unlicensed, uninspected farm. The court viewed the case as a battle between farmers and state bureaucracy. The issues at play in this episode, in fact, are far broader: Choice. …

Moral clarity in Gaza

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on July 20, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking. “Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect …
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