Articles by Amy Fried


LePage rant got it really wrong on Kansas

on June 01, 2015, at 10:16 a.m.
An angered Gov. LePage, in a press conference last Friday, claimed that critics had it wrong on income taxes and Kansas. He said it simply wasn’t true that Kansas was having trouble and, in fact, Kansas was experiencing the fastest economic growth. Thing is, it was the governor who got …

Olympia Snowe clearly states a barefaced truth about Obamacare

on May 26, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
As court watchers wait for the Supreme Court to issue its ruling on King vs. Burwell, the Obamacare subsidies case, former Sen. Olympia Snowe has done us all a big favor by honestly and directly stating an obvious reality about the development of the law. The plaintiffs in the case …

One waitress and the coming pitched battle for women’s votes

on May 19, 2015, at 12:23 p.m.
When candidates speak and elected officials craft policies, they should remember Judy, a waitress and housekeeper who played a bit role in a Washington, D.C., drama. In September 2013, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took to the Senate floor to rail against the Affordable Care Act. Republicans later shut down the …

Could LePage have prevented a Republican split on taxes?

on May 15, 2015, at 8:49 a.m.
And now there are three. Gov. LePage put out and has been touting his tax plan across Maine. Democrats then presented their “Better Deal” plan. Republicans in the Appropriations Committee now have another version. Certain key elements of the GOP plan are described in an article by Scott Thistle, and …

Three stark, politically critical dynastic differences between Jeb and Hillary

on May 13, 2015, at 11:32 a.m.
The 2016 Clinton and Bush presidential candidates have families in the business, but that background helps one and hurts the other. Some complain a possible Hillary Clinton-Jeb Bush match-up would repeat two families too much, even calling this a clash of dynasties. Others see this background positively, in that the …

Dirty tricks in Christie’s administration and divisiveness from LePage

on May 05, 2015, at 1:05 p.m.
There was a time, not so very long ago, when Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was a frequent visitor to Maine and a top-tier presidential candidate. Within his state, Christie’s job approval has slipped to 35 percent. New Jersey’s bond rating has been downgraded nine times. Nationally and in …

In slamming Katz, Fredette calls for less judgment, more partisanship

on April 28, 2015, at 5:33 p.m.
If you take a look at how different issue groups ranked Sen. Roger Katz, it’s clear he doesn’t fit comfortably either on the right or left. Project VoteSmart reports that Katz had a 40% rating by the Maine Right to Life Committee, 25% from the Maine People’s Alliance, 65% by …

Five smart things Democrats are doing with their “Better Deal” tax plan

on April 23, 2015, at 8:12 a.m.
Mr. Eves and Mr. Alfond went to Bangor last night, with handouts and a Powerpoint to show the audience. These Democratic legislative leaders spent more than 90 minutes explaining their tax and budget plan and taking questions. It was a thoroughly open meeting, with no screening of questions beforehand. Gov. …

Poliquin’s eye-popping haul and policy priorities

on April 21, 2015, at 1:22 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has started filling his campaign coffers while voting to loosen controls on Wall Street, redistribute taxpayers’ money to the very wealthiest Americans, and undermine Medicare and other popular programs. When Poliquin announced raising $700,000 in the first three months of his first term, the Maine Republican …

People don’t want Obamacare’s repeal. Republicans start to get the message.

on April 07, 2015, at 9:33 a.m.
Since the Affordable Care Act was adopted, the tectonic plates of health care politics look like they’re shifting. Rep. Bruce Poliquin hasn’t even been in office five months, and already his positions on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) have moved enough to make several flip-flop-themed campaign ads. Poliquin attacked primary …

You don’t have to be Jewish to love this awesome Passover Rube Goldberg machine

on April 05, 2015, at 8:44 a.m.
Passover is my favorite Jewish holiday. With the Seder and its emphasis on story-telling and passing along and explaining the rituals, singing, a role for children and a big holiday meal, what’s not to like? Passover is a liberation story, with a sometimes reluctant leader (Moses), miracles (by God), a …

Twomey should apologize for Vaseline incident

on April 03, 2015, at 7:24 a.m.
Joanne Twomey created an incident at a town meeting conducted by Gov. Paul LePage about his budget. News outlets have been characterizing what happened with Twomey’s jar of Vaseline in different ways. These vary from the Vaseline being placed onto the stage, flipped toward LePage’s direction, tossed near him, thrown …

LePage isn’t just refusing to apologize to Stephen King. He’s now in denial mode.

on March 26, 2015, at 7:47 a.m.
See video below. Per reporter Steve Mistler, Gov. LePage showed up unexpectedly at a budget forum hosted by a Falmouth Democrat, state Senator Cathy Breen. Asked a question about apologizing to King, LePage said: I never said Stephen King did not pay income taxes. What I said was, Stephen King’s …

An open letter to Maine Sen. Michael Willette

on March 24, 2015, at 12:20 p.m.
Dear Sen. Willette, When I read about your Facebook posts, I saw you said some foolish things about President Obama and made some awful anti-Muslim remarks. You can put me down among the Mainers who think there is an opportunity here for something positive. Achieving that would require the hard …

Stephen King directly calls on LePage to apologize (with financial update)

on March 20, 2015, at 11:48 a.m.
Yesterday the highly popular and successful writer Stephen King colorfully noted that Gov. LePage was flat wrong when LePage suggested King has a place in Florida so he could avoid paying taxes in Maine. King wrote: Governor LePage is full of the stuff that makes the grass grow green. Tabby …

LePage mistakenly goes after Stephen King. King responds.

on March 19, 2015, at 8:34 a.m.
Gov. LePage has been claiming that people move away to places like Florida because they want to reduce taxes. That flies in the face of the reality that people in cold climates, throughout the United States, no matter their state taxes, have been moving south for the winter. I mean, …

Obama, patriotism and inspiration for grownups

on March 10, 2015, at 6 a.m.
Watching politics, today’s gamesmanship and polarization can suppress patriotism and generate cynicism. And, as we go about our lives, we often get pulled into our routines. But recently real inspiration came to me politically and personally through the words of our president and the death from cancer of a woman …

Fuzzy math as LePage takes on towns and cities

on March 09, 2015, at 11:14 a.m.
Gov. LePage’s staff has been promoting a misleading, or at least personally meaningless, comparison. As those of us who have been following the news know, the governor’s proposed budget would zero out municipal revenue sharing while cutting income tax rates. And in arguing for this budget plan, his team put …

Honeymoon over, as LePage and GOP leaders split on taxes

on March 06, 2015, at 7:46 a.m.
Just like that, just under two months after his inauguration, Gov. LePage’s main policy endeavor of his second term, seems to be dead in the water. LePage revealed a complex tax plan that involved cutting the income tax, zeroing out the estate tax, cutting municipal revenue sharing (which would raise …

Supreme Court agrees about what nixing Obamacare subsidies would do

on March 05, 2015, at 2:31 p.m.
Yesterday’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court uncovered some rare unity about the Affordable Care Act. No, it’s not about the key question, whether the law allows subsidies to be available for insurance policies purchased through the federal exchange. Instead, it’s about what nixing Obamacare subsidies for millions of Americans …
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