Jill Goldthwait

  • Are legislators listening?

    Are legislators listening?

    We have done our duty, exercised our rights as citizens, stood up for democracy, maybe even made America great again. Now we can sit back and see if the Maine Legislature is willing to accept the vote of the people, or whether legislators will once again dismiss our stupid rights with a wave of their

  • In defense of the OFPR

    In defense of the OFPR

    There seem to be no limits to political attacks. Even the famous put-down of Sen. Joseph McCarthy by the chief counsel for the U.S. Army, Joseph Welch, sounds quaint by today’s standards. “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” cried Welch during the Senate hearing. Decency? What’s that? Gov. Paul LePage criticized the legislature’s Office

  • ‘To do’ list for special session

    ‘To do’ list for special session

    The Legislature convened in special session this past Monday. Two bills were the official reason for the session. One addressed a conflict between state and federal law regarding local “food systems.” The other restored funding to the state Geographic Information Systems office. Both were expected to be addressed with dispatch. Easy peasy? Not so fast.

  • 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