Jill Goldthwait

  • Port authority and home rule

    Port authority and home rule

    No job too small? Gov. Paul LePage stepped into a local debate about a port authority for the town of Bar Harbor, vetoing a bill that would have allowed town voters to decide whether they want one or not. Interest in the authority extends beyond Bar Harbor. Residents of the towns around Frenchman Bay have

  • A new generation of leaders

    A new generation of leaders

    By Jill Goldthwait At a recent event in Washington, D.C., promoting independent candidates for office, Maine’s Terry Hayes, an independent running for governor, said, “it’s time to break the stranglehold of partisanship and embrace a new, nonpartisan, common sense path forward that puts country over party.” Amen, sister! The definition of insanity, that if you

  • LePage vs. Jabar is unseemly

    LePage vs. Jabar is unseemly

    Though it is still safe to say there is no one like Ruth Foster, last week’s statement that she was the first woman from Hancock County to serve in the legislature was incorrect. That honor goes to Republican Natalie Shepard of Stonington, who served two terms in the House (1959-62). Described by a newspaper as

  • It’s not too late to run

    It’s not too late to run

    The deadline for party candidates to register for the June primaries is March 15, just three weeks away. Time’s a-wasting, and candidates are rather thin on the ground in Hancock County. Only two of eight House races currently have a candidate from each party. Those are in Districts 136 (east of Ellsworth plus Mariaville, Osborn

  • ‘Big stick’ governance

    ‘Big stick’ governance

    If you drove by the Blaine House last week, you may have caught a glimpse of Gov. Paul LePage standing in front of an open window, breathing deeply and doing his stretching exercises in preparation for this week’s State of the State address. As part of his warm-up routine, he was walking loudly in the

  • Candidates in it to win it

    Candidates in it to win it

    The headcount for the 2018 gubernatorial election stands at 24, down from a high of 29. Five candidates have withdrawn from the race. Both Libertarians and one of two Green Independent candidates have left the field, as have one Democrat and one Republican. Running for governor is a daunting proposition. For those who have never

  • Public health and industry profit

    Public health and industry profit

    Governor, you’re right on this one. For two years, Gov. Paul LePage has been trying to persuade the federal government to allow the state of Maine to restrict the purchase of soda and candy through the food stamp (SNAP) program. Last week, for the second time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture denied the request. In

  • Net neutrality and education

    Net neutrality and education

    Gov. Paul LePage has started a literacy campaign. Sort of. His response to a high school student who wrote to him with concerns about the repeal of net neutrality rules was “Pick up a book and read!” He’ll get no argument here about the reading part. For those who have grown up with their noses

  • Local races quiet, so far

    It’s Secretary of State Matt Dunlap 1, feds 0. President Donald Trump decided it was better to extinguish the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity than to allow full access by commission members to commission documents and proceedings. There were just four Democrats named to the 11-member commission, and one of them has since died.