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Mainers back pension reform
Bangor Daily News, Nov. 7

Maine becomes first state to approve Medicaid expansion by popular vote
Portland Press Herald, Nov. 7

Maine transportation bond passes
WCSH6 TV, Nov. 7

Lewiston mayor’s race will come down to progressive activist, conservative councilor
Lewiston Sun Journal, Nov. 7

New Report: Strong Unions Mean Stronger Communities. Report shows how strong unions help unrig the rules for all families, communities
Report by AFSCME, AFT, NEA, and SEIU, Nov. 1

Medicaid expansion can help Maine’s homeless veterans access care
Column by Preble Street Veterans Housing Services Director James Gagne, Bangor Daily News, Nov. 1

YES on Question 2: Medicaid expansion is critical to the survival of Maine’s rural hospitals
Column by Robert Peterson, CEO of Millinocket Regional Hospital, in the Bangor Daily News, Oct. 31

Our View: Vote yes on Question 3 for much-needed transportation funding
Editorial in the Kennebec Journal and Central Maine Morning Sentinel, Oct. 26

‘Yes on Question 4: Pension change will add stability to system, state budget’
Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Oct. 25

Why Maine should support a constitutional amendment to stabilize public employee pensions
Column by State Reps. Tom Winsor and Aaron Frey in the Bangor Daily News, Oct. 19

Our View: Vote ‘yes’ on statewide Question 4 to support pension change
Editorial in the Portand Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Central Maine Morning Sentinel, Oct. 9

Yes on Question 2: Medicaid expansion will benefit Maine in many ways
Bangor Daily News editorial, Oct. 23

Our View: Vote yes on Question 2: It’s a good deal for Maine
Portland Press Herald editorial, Oct. 22

Yes on Question 3: Bond needed to fund transportation maintenance, improvements
Bangor Daily News editorial, Oct. 24

MSEA-SEIU members in the news: Biologist Derek Yorks of our Penobscot Chapter and Biologist Sarah Boyden of our Somerset Chapter. Turtle tunnel envisioned to protect endangered species in York County
Portland Press Herald, Oct. 1

Bangor City Council imposes 6-month moratorium on LePage’s psychiatric facility
Bangor Daily News, Sept. 25

Health Bill Appears Dead as Pivotal G.O.P. Senator Declares Opposition
The New York Times, Sept. 25

Questions must be answered before state builds new psychiatric facility in Bangor
Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Sept. 5

State workers drop mandatory union fees in favor of more pay
Portland Press Herald, Aug. 31

A flawed system puts disabled adults at risk, families say
Portland Press Herald, Aug. 20

Mary Mayhew has a DHHS record she can only portray favorably with spin
Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 17

Our View: Maine’s ‘most vulnerable’ citizens are failed again. We should expect no less from the state than the protection of people with disabilities.
Portland Press Herald, Aug. 13

Abuse reports, deaths, fall through the cracks in DHHS system
Portland Press Herald, Aug. 20

DHHS comes under fire on 2 fronts over damning findings in federal report
Portland Press Herald, Aug. 16

Federal officials to review audit critical of DHHS services to developmentally disabled Mainers
Portland Press Herald, Aug. 12

DHHS’ response to scathing federal audit isn’t rooted in reality
Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 11

Maine is failing to care for people with disabilities
Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 8

How DHHS spent $6.2M in welfare funds after first flouting the law
Bangor Daily News, Aug. 7

In the LePage era, protecting public health required a veto override
Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 5

Commentary: An imperfect budget process still made progress for Mainers
Op-ed by State Rep. Patty Hymanson, Portland Press Herald, Aug. 3

Maine has eliminated most places where disabled people can go when they’re in crisis
Bangor Daily News, July 31

Student debt is crushing Mainers’ dreams. That’s a drag on our economy
Op-ed column by Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Nate Libby, Bangor Daily News, July 28

State cuts threaten already ailing public health system
— Editorial in the Porland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, and Central Maine Morning Sentinel, July 31

State employees relieved, eager to get back to work after shutdown
WBME, July 4

Maine’s Government Remains Closed After Gov. LePage Refuses To Sign Budget Bill
NPR, July 3

Caught in Budget Tugs of War, States Teeter on the Brink
The New York TImes, July 3

Out of work, state employees rally at State House
Portland Press Herald, July 1

Maine lawmakers reconvene after standoff forces shutdown of state government
Kennebec Journal, July 1

Live blog: Maine’s government shutdown
Bangor Daily News

Maine’s unnecessary government shutdown can end with compromise, not extortion
Bangor Daily News editorial, July 1

Tentative budget deal reached, but government shutdown still looms
Portland Press Herald, June 29

State employees warn governor of possible shutdown repercussions
WGME 13, June 29

Special Budget Panel Advances Last-Minute Deal to Avert State Shutdown
Maine Public, June 29

Government shutdown could seriously affect state employees’ pay

WGME 13, June 28

To reach a budget deal, Maine needs leadership from LePage, not a game of chicken
Bangor Daily News editorial, June 28

Our View: LePage is trying to shut down state government
Editorial in the Kennebec Journal, Central Maine Morning Sentinel, and Portland Press Herald

As Government Shutdown Looms, Maine’s Elderly, Poor Prepare for the Worst
Maine Public, June 27

State Workers Brace for Government Shutdown
WABI 5, June 27

Maine governor set on privately run psychiatric home
WCSH6 TV, June 24

State workers say much is at risk if government shuts down
Portland Press Herald, June 23

Maine workers express concerns as state government shutdown looms closer
WMTW News 8, June 23

State Employees’ Union Urges Lawmakers to Reach Budget Compromise
Maine Public, June 23

How Maine reached the brink of a government shutdown
Bangor Daily News, June 23

State workers say much is at risk if government shuts down
Portland Press Herald, June 23

Government to shut down if no budget deal by July 1
WGME TV, June 21

Let’s be clear: Eliminating Maine’s education surtax is a tax cut for the wealthy
Editorial, Bangor Daily News, June 19

A look back at the last time Maine’s government shut down
WMTW, June 16

State workers in Augusta, elsewhere prepare for possible shutdown
Central Maine Newspapers, June 21

Gov. LePage tells state agencies to prepare for partial shutdown
Portland Press Herald, June 20

Chaos of 1991 shows potential impact of government shutdown
Portland Press Herald, June 17

What LePage really plans to do with $100M meant for Maine families in poverty
Bangor Daily News, June 16

Seeing low jobless rate, Maine labor department lays off 10
Bangor Daily News, June 13

Bill Nemitz: What’s best for ‘Maine people’ is abiding by their wishes
Op-ed, Portland Press Herald, June 11

Feds again condemn Riverview care, order Maine to repay $51 million
Bangor Daily News, June 8

Watchdogs revealed crisis in Maine’s youth prison. LePage let them go.
Bangor Daily News, June 8

Voters told us to fully fund our public schools. Instead, Republicans play budget games.
Op-ed by State Reps. Rebecca Millett and Roger Fuller, Bangor Daily News, June 6

Lawmakers need a viable way to complete the job voters gave them
Editorial, Bangor Daily News, June 6

Our View: Fully funding education is basis of state budget deal
Central Maine Newspapers, June 4

15 inmates moved from Down East prison as state prepares to close it
Bangor Daily News, June 1

The hasty move to close Downeast Correctional will only hurt Washington County
Editorial, Bangor Daily News, June 1

Maine House speaker: Republicans must do their part to fully fund schools
Column by Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, in the Portland Press Herald, May 23

CBO: Republican health care bill raises premiums for older, poor Americans by as much as 850%
Vox Media news report, May 24

Minimum-wage hike as godsend: $30 more per week changes my life
Column by Kathy Rondone of Augusta, in the Portland Press Herald, May 25

Fewer people should be in prison, but hasty LePage plan has many flaws
Bangor Daily News editorial, May 25

Maine Senate votes to fund Machiasport prison, setting up showdown with LePage
Bangor Daily News, May 24

Editorial: Trump budget replicates disastrous Kansas approach. This won’t end well.
Kansas City Star Editorial, May 23

How Trump’s Budget Would Affect Every Part of Government
The New York Times, May 23

Our View: LePage lacks leadership in prison shutdown flap
Editorial in the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Central Maine Morning Sentinel, May 23

As LePage eyes early release for inmates, lawmakers prep fight to save Down East prison
Bangor Daily News, May 23

LePage’s Bangor psychiatric facility would not be run by the state
Bangor Daily News, May 20

Top health official ignores facts, own reports, by denying Maine’s infant death problem
Bangor Daily News editorial, May 16

DHHS fired a public records coordinator – for releasing a public record
Bangor Daily News, May 16

MaineCare threatened under Republican health care plan
News story, Portland Press Herald, May 14

Republicans misstate, again and again on TV and at town halls, what’s in their health-care bill
News report, The Washington Post, May 12

Our View: Property tax cut keeps money in the right place. The Democrats’ budget proposal would share the cost of schools and other services more fairly
Editorial in the Kennebec Journal, Central Maine Morning Sentinel and Portland Press Herald, April 24

Audience Member Corrects LePage’s Math at Town Hall on Education Surcharge
News report on Maine Public, April 26

Editorial: The lessons Trump should learn from Kansas’ experiment in tax reform
Editorial in The Kansas City Star, April 26

Douglas Rooks: Disinformation sows confusion and mistrust
Column in Central Maine Newspapers, April 27

Bill Nemitz: In debate over school tax, LePage’s latest gaffe makes a big difference
Column in the Portland Press Herald, April 27

President Trump’s Laughable Plan to Cut His Own Taxes
Editorial in The New York Times, April 26

Our View: Property tax cut keeps money in the right place
Central Maine Newspapers, April 24

Our View: Maine’s minimum-wage hike is a law, not a suggestion
Editorial in the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Central Maine Morning Sentinel, Feb. 9

How $13M in unlawful spending took shape in Mary Mayhew’s DHHS
Bangor Daily News, Feb. 7

Maine Voices: Gov. LePage’s budget is a boon for wealthy, burden for working class
Column by Sarah Austin, policy analyst for the Maine Center for Economic Policy. Feb. 2, Portland Press Herald

Why privatizing mental health services won’t help patients in state care
Column by AFSCME Local 1814 member Lisa Cromwell, a mental health worker at Riverview Psychiatirc Center, Jan. 4, Bangor Daily News

Maine DOT facing shortage of plow truck drivers
WGME TV, Jan. 3

Maine DOT posts 90 job openings for snowplow drivers; will train
Central Maine Newspapers, Jan. 4

From the State House: Riverview’s future too important to decide without public input
Column by State Senator Roger Katz and State Rep. Drew Gattine, Jan. 3

 

2016:

Maine DHHS broke the law first, asked questions later
Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Oct. 27

Under LePage administration, state work being funneled to private sector
News story, Portland Press Herald, Oct. 25

‘LePage promised transparency, but multimillion-dollar contract awards remain in the shadows’
News story, Bangor Daily News, Oct. 18

Commentary: ‘Yes’ on Question 2 would help education, now that Legislature has failed mandate
Op-ed by Ryan Parker, Portland Press Herald, Oct. 13

Our View: DHHS outsourcing plan should be cause for alarm
Editorial, Portland Press Herald, Sept. 13

DHHS Seeking Private Partner for Welfare-to-Work Program
– News story, MPBN News, Sept. 12

LePage welfare privatization bid puts 51 state jobs on chopping block
– News story, Bangor Daily News, Sept. 12

State welfare programs to be run by out-of-state company
– WGME TV, Sept. 12

Maine will be recovering from LePage-induced damage for years. Recovery should start now.
– Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 25

Protestors fight to keep Calais DHHS office
WLBZ2 TV, Aug. 24

Gov. LePage shirks duty to Maine paper industry
Editorial, Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, Central Maine Morning Sentinel, Aug. 21

Augusta, Waterville courthouses to be open extra half-hour; closing times will be 4:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 6 for most of the state’s 36 courthouses
News story, Kennebec Journal, Aug. 19

Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons
News story, The Washington Post, Aug. 18

When you wish away state government, there are bound to be consequences
– Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 15

DHHS’ ever-changing plans for housing mentally ill are a cause for deep concern
– Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 16

DHHS decision to close Calais office prompts outcry
– News story, The Quoddy Times, Aug. 12

Lawmakers say DHHS plan to build forensic unit at Riverview lacks clarity
News story, Portland Press Herald, Aug. 12

LePage’s dizzying, cruel and shameful dishonesty on a state hiring freeze
– Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 4

Any cuts to state workforce must be backed by solid reasoning
– Editorial, Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Central Maine Morning Sentinel, Aug. 4

Maine has sliced the ranks of nurses who prevent outbreaks, help drug-affected babies
– News story, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 9

Memos underscore LePage’s goal of reducing state workforce
– News story, Portland Press Herald, Aug. 2

Read LePage’s hiring freeze memos and decide for yourself
– News story, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 2

Who would go if LePage succeeds in trimming state payroll
– News story, Bangor Daily News, July 31

LePage wants to cut about 2,300 state jobs in next budget, memo shows
– News story, Portland Press Herald, July 26

Editorial: ‘Disarray at Riverview deters patient progress’
— Portland Press Herald, June 20

State employee pay raises shouldn’t be a popularity contest
— Editorial, Bangor Daily News, March 25

LePage’s grave disservice to Maine’s poorest
— Editorial, Bangor Daily News, March 19

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