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Maine should fear being labeled a high tax state. Just look at Connecticut.

By Dana Connors on June 23, 2017, at 8:01 a.m.
This surtax is mainly being paid for by businesses. Nothing has really changed in that respect since last November.
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Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, (left) speaks with House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, at the State House in Augusta.

No one wins in government shutdown. Let’s not make the same mistake again.

By John Martin on June 23, 2017, at 5:58 a.m.
“We are close to making the same mistake that happened 26 years ago and letting the far-reaching effects of a shutdown damage our government and economy.”
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Containing ‘Iranian mischief’ is no excuse for letting Yemen’s humanitarian crisis fester

By Brian Milakovsky on June 23, 2017, at 5:45 a.m.
Will Rep. Poliquin repeat Collins’ error, which is so costly to the people of Yemen?
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Longfellow Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Sarah Rasmussen talks about what moods a poem can set with her class in Portland.

It’s not enough to spend more on education. We must direct money where it’s most needed.

By Heidi Sampson on June 22, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
“Simply adding more money to the system will not assure teachers and students benefit. There must be specific strategies in place to assure our teachers who are most directly affecting our students are properly compensated. This must be the priority.”
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Senate President Mike Thibodeau, House Speaker Sara Gideon and Gov. Paul LePage.

A state shutdown doesn’t need to happen. We have a reasonable budget on the table.

By Brian Langley on June 22, 2017, at 11:17 a.m.
“As more people throw around the word ‘shutdown,’ keep in mind that this does not have to happen. There is a reasonable deal on the table to increase state aid to school districts, implement significant education reforms and reduce local property taxes — all within existing resources.”
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Actor and comedian Bill Cosby stands as his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, addresses the media after a judge declared a mistrial in Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. June 17, 2017.

Bill Cosby and the crumbling of an icon

By Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 8:47 a.m.
“The final chapter of Bill Cosby’s public life is far from the most important spectacle we are witnessing, but it may be the saddest.”
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Why we will march in Bangor’s pride parade

By Andrea Irwin and Jessamy Luthin on June 22, 2017, at 8:39 a.m.
“We hope many will join us Saturday at the parade and attend the festivities to learn more and to support our LGBTQ friends, family, coworkers and neighbors.”
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This is the one climate solution that’s best for the environment and for business

By George Shultz and Lawrence Summers, The Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 6:09 a.m.
“President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord has induced a fateful pessimism about what can be expected of the country on this critical issue. Yet our long experience in Washington has taught us that the transition from the inconceivable to the inevitable can sometimes be very rapid.”
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Dear 129th Maine State Legislature: I look forward to your arrival

on June 21, 2017, at 2:46 p.m.
There’s a lot to be said for the idea of a legislature working with a chief executive that is not Governor LePage.
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House Republicans have refused to compromise on the state budget, pushing the state toward a government shutdown. That's a situation that benefits no one.

House Republicans can’t hold the budget hostage just to overturn a voter-approved law

By Geoff Gratwick on June 21, 2017, at 1:14 p.m.
“If the Legislature does not give the governor a budget shortly, the state government will shut down July 1. A shutdown would represent failure of our government. It benefits absolutely no one, and it will harm many.”
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Left to right, U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, and  U.S. Representative Greg Walden hold a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. March 7, 2017.

Another one-party health care plan will be doomed to failure

By John Kasich and John Hickenlooper, The Washington Post on June 21, 2017, at 8:56 a.m.
“Ensuring that quality health insurance is available and affordable for every American is a bipartisan responsibility.”
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The Afghan mountains are reflected in the visor of a U.S. Army Airborne CH-47 Chinook window gunner while flying toward a military base in eastern Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2014.

Trump’s silent surge in the Middle East and the slippery slope to war

By John Podesta and Brian Katulis, The Washington Post on June 21, 2017, at 8:22 a.m.
“The United States used to debate the wars its military was fighting. But that’s not the case with the ongoing silent surge of U.S. military operations and arms sales across the Middle East.”
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I hope Zinke’s visit showed him the importance of the North Woods monument

By Sheridan Steele on June 21, 2017, at 8:21 a.m.
“National parks and national monuments become economic engines that improve local and regional business and produce new opportunities for many. Let’s work together to keep our public lands protected for generations today and tomorrow.”
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People hold signs outside the White House in Washington, D.C., during a rally to celebrate President Barack Obama's announcement that his administration will be granted deferred action and work permits to DREAMers end deportations and urge relief by governmental agencies for those in deportation proceedings, Friday, June 15, 2012.

Trump allows Dreamer immigrants to stay. Why?

By Francis Wilkinson, Bloomberg View on June 20, 2017, at 10:01 a.m.
Donald Trump appears torn between a crude promise made to his political base and what looks very much like presidential pangs of conscience. Imagine that.
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The big spenders in Augusta are throwing fiscal sanity out the door

By Lawrence Lockman on June 20, 2017, at 8:35 a.m.
“Now more than ever, Maine people need to hold legislators’ feet to the fire. Voters need to demand fiscal sanity.”
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Signs acknowledging wounded congressman Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) are seen before the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2017.

Our new life in the dugout

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on June 20, 2017, at 8:06 a.m.
We can’t un-crazy crazy, but we can each try to stem the madness. It begins with simply caring.
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I voted against ranked-choice voting. But I don’t support repealing the law.

By Michael Carpenter on June 20, 2017, at 6:03 a.m.
“I decided to co-sponsor legislation — LD 1625 — to repeal the law in its entirety. But after listening to testimony and reviewing the facts, I changed my mind.”
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U.S. Representative Chris Collins

I’m a member of Congress, and I’m going to start carrying a gun

By Chris Collins, The Washington Post on June 20, 2017, at 6:03 a.m.
“I owe it to the people in my community, God help me, to try to stop a threat to their safety, should it ever occur because of my presence.”
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U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the White House in Washington, U.S. following his arrival from Camp David on June 18, 2017.

No country for dictators: Why Trump will have to govern, not rule by threats and tweets

By Jeffrey Selinger on June 20, 2017, at 6:02 a.m.
President Donald Trump has said some crazy things — things that a strongman from a dictatorship in the developing world might say, but not a U.S. president.
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Medicaid is a critical tool in the fight against opioid addiction. New reforms could weaken it.

By Darrell Crandall and Michael Gahagan on June 19, 2017, at 10:46 a.m.
Without treatment, many moms and dads struggling with opioid addiction won’t be up to the job.