It was “paid sick leave” week in Maine. Monday saw a long, drawn-out public hearing in Augusta requiring employers to provide paid sick leave. Tuesday saw a committee of the Portland City Council move a similar proposal forward within the city limits. Both efforts have been led by interest groups. Portland’s has been championed by […]
Who gets a vote? That simple question belies a complex reality facing a new study group in Portland. Tuesday night, the Portland City Council decided Mayor Ethan Strimling and Councilor Pious Ali’s proposal to permit non-citizens to vote needed more work. The ACLU was worried about it violating privacy rights, while many Portland voters […]
Well, maybe you can make it up after all. Maine Democrats held their state convention last weekend in Lewiston. As with the Republicans, it was a party affair to energize volunteers, hear from hopefuls, and take care of a little bit of business. One of the functions of a convention is to adopt a party […]
Another exercise in American democracy has come and gone. Now, hopefully, the campaigns will get their signs picked up before the snow flies. As we prepare for another Maine winter, what can we learn from Tuesday’s results? Maine is a center-right state. Yes, the retort to this assertion will be “but Medicaid expansion!” However, advocates […]
Laws are tricky things. Just ask the Portland City Council. This past week, seven members went on a learning junket out into Portland’s harbor to inspect safety improvements at the historic Fort Gorges. The problem? Maine’s “Freedom of Access Act.” It specifies that, when three or more public officials are gathered in any official capacity, […]
“The will of the people!” That is one of the rallying cries shouted over the past few weeks, whether in Portland City Hall or under the capitol dome in Augusta. Somewhat sardonically, it was also the name of a socialist revolutionary terrorist organization in 19th century Russia, counting Vladimir Lenin’s older brother amongst its members. […]
People have rights. States have rights. Towns don’t.