Smaller cities that ignore requests from federal authorities to detain undocumented immigrants, but don’t see themselves as sanctuaries, may find themselves vulnerable to threats to withhold federal money from them if they do not cooperate.
Editorial: Stability and accountability should be a hallmark of government. Gov. Paul LePage can return the Department of Education to these standards by again nominating a permanent education commissioner.
“Moderation is not antithetical to passion and to engagement. To the contrary, true moderation requires courage and it requires clarity,” Robert Zaretsky, a historian at University of Houston in Texas, said.
Some lawmakers are looking to raise the bar to get questions on the ballot, which now requires signatures equaling the number of 10 percent of voters in the past gubernatorial election — or about 61,000 now. But it will face opposition from some Democrats and activists.
The president of the Foundation for Government Accountability is confident that policies enacted in Maine and other states can help convince the new guard in Washington to enact bold welfare changes at the federal level.
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