Jill Goldthwait

  • Spin doctors at work

    Spin doctors at work

    She’ll stay. There was a collective sigh of relief around the state and the country when Susan Collins, one of the few grown-ups in Washington, decided to continue her service in the U.S. Senate. Despite the temptation to come home and run for governor, she “put paid to” that notion last week. Now it’s spin

  • Fiercely independent

    Fiercely independent

    What is up with all the tossing and turning within the membership of Maine’s House of Representatives? Four members of the House have dropped their party affiliations this year and now serve as independents. The party tally at the moment is Democrats 74, Republicans 70, other 6. (There is one vacancy in the House.) It

  • Time for ranked-choice

    Time for ranked-choice

    Citizens, there is work to be done. The Maine Legislature is coming in for a special session on Oct. 23. Gov. Paul LePage called the session and has a punch list that includes bringing Maine’s “food sovereignty” law into federal compliance and fixing what the administration considers to be a funding error within the Office

  • Job trainees left in limbo

    Job trainees left in limbo

    The latest “repeal and replace” Republican health care proposal will either bring $40 million to Maine, or it won’t. The country breathlessly awaits the verdict of Maine Sen. Susan Collins. She’s leaning “no.” Collins is the real deal. While many less fortunate states listen to their senators spout political platitudes about making health care available

  • A lesson in livable cities

    A lesson in livable cities

    This week, we will take a peek over the fence into our neighbor’s yard. That neighbor is Quebec, both province and city, and the contrast with Maine is striking. First, you are rattling along the roads of upstate Maine, dodging and weaving around humps, bumps and potholes. Cross the border, and suddenly you are riding

  • Gubernatorial candidates line up

    Gubernatorial candidates line up

    Do they know something we don’t know? Last week, prior to any public word from Sen. Susan Collins about a bid for the Blaine House, two Republican legislative leaders entered the race. The first was state Sen. Garret Mason, Senate majority leader from Lisbon Falls. Tragically, no sooner had he announced than his mother, state

  • Special session poses challenges

    Special session poses challenges

    “Dear Legislators: Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here. Love, Governor LePage.” Okay, he didn’t put it quite like that, but the governor is calling the Legislature into special session “before November.” The governor says two problems have come up that cannot wait until January when the Legislature reconvenes. One has to do with

  • How a minority steals the show

    How a minority steals the show

    It may be a bad year for blueberries, but it is an excellent one for political candidates. A gubernatorial election is looming in 2018, and both of Maine’s congressional seats are up at the same time. The entire legislature will turn over that November as well. Candidates? Yeah, we’ve got candidates. It is lovely that