Jill Goldthwait

  • Half of Maine students left in dust

    Just days before the election, it’s anybody’s bet. Most of us are not statisticians. In fact, according to the recently released 2014 Education Indicators report from Educate Maine, a high school diploma or even a college degree is no indication that we can do the math. Maine has an 86 percent high school graduation rate,

  • Working to get the job done

    It is time to get serious about your election choices. The ballot will have many entries, including the gubernatorial race, three of Maine’s four congressional seats, state bond proposals, your local state Senate and House races, county questions and local ballot initiatives. There is an abundance of information out there about all of these contests.

  • Who do we want to send to Augusta?

    Finally, debates. What was all the fuss about? The three gubernatorial candidates performed as expected. Maybe better. So are we disappointed? Just a touch. Debates are not unlike hockey; we go for the game but we are secretly hoping for a fight. So far the debates have been civil. There was not much new from

  • Candidate cabinets on everyone’s minds

    Five weeks away from Election Day, the decibel level is going up, but there are still many undecided voters. Governor Paul LePage and Congressman Mike Michaud are joined at the hip, poll-wise, each with about a third of voters polled in their camps. Eliot Cutler is showing movement, chipping into the undecided voters and lifting

  • All politics, all the time

    Maine’s three gubernatorial candidates were together at last, but briefly. An energy forum planned for the University of Southern Maine campus came off the rails when Governor Paul LePage, discovering the presence of his opponents, never got farther than the parking lot. He was promised a forum for his energy policies, not a gabfest with