Monthly Archives: May 2012

Unhealthy Cuts

Text of an OpEd I wrote that didn’t quite pass muster with the KJ/Morning Sentinel folks, alas. ********** The Maine legislature just gave our low-income high school seniors a nasty graduation present by voting to take away MaineCare health¬†insurance from … Continue reading

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The Two Massachusettses (Massachusetti?)

Well, they did it. Maine will take away state-sponsored health insurance from around 20,000 people. It would be ironic, if it wasn’t just mean, that these are people who disproportionately live in the very same places this legislature abandoned to … Continue reading

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Voting Against Your Constituents’ Interests – Or Having Your Cake and Eating it Too?

Yesterday’s announcement of the Republican plan for Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services budget did not come as a total surprise. As he has done repeatedly, Governor LePage requested that the new budget eliminate MaineCare coverage for 19 and … Continue reading

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Why You Should Thank a Member of the Tea Party

I am delighted, delighted that President Obama has decided to express his support for marriage equality.* Thank the Tea Party. The Tea Party has crystallized the focus on the Republican party on ideological purity to such an extreme that Obama … Continue reading

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Participation and Generation

I was contemplating writing a “looking towards November” post because that’s what political scientists tend to think about at the beginning of summer. Beautiful weather? The prospect of spending time outside rather than glued to a computer screen? Meh, who … Continue reading

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