Meet the Robo-Witnesses: Foreclosure Defense Lawyer Tom Cox on New Practices in Foreclosure Fraud

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 7:45 am

Last week, Thomas Cox, the Maine lawyer who performed the deposition that basically exposed robo-signing, won the $100,000 Purpose Prize for his work on behalf of homeowners at risk of foreclosure. I spoke with Cox this week to get a ground-level picture of what is happening in the courts in the post-settlement landscape. Have banks [...]

Maine Challenges Maintenance of Effort Requirements for Medicaid

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 12:19 pm

Add Maine to the list of states vowing to block the Medicaid expansion from the Affordable Care Act. Of those states who have vowed to opt out, Maine is a little further down the scale in terms of impact. According to a Kaiser study, 43,468 low-income Mainers would get coverage under the expansion (for context, [...]

States Pushing Medicaid Ruling to Cut Rolls Immediately

By: Monday July 9, 2012 8:15 am

It’s true that states could, after 2014, reduce their Medicaid rolls without the potential consequences of losing their entire federal share of funding. But some states aren’t waiting until 2014. The court, which upheld most of the law, struck down penalties for states choosing not to expand Medicaid. A few states are also trying to [...]

ME-Sen: Pingree Drops Out, Wanting to Avoid Battle With Angus King

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 10:15 am

Some bad news out of Maine: Chellie Pingree, the progressive member of Congress who considered running for Senate after Olympia Snowe retired, backed out of the race today. The presence of independent former Governor Angus King in the race was enough to get her to drop her plans. Here’s part of her thinking, per Greg [...]

ME-Sen: Independent Former Gov. Angus King Plans a Run

By: Monday March 5, 2012 12:55 pm

Former Maine Governor Angus King, an independent, will announce his intent to run for Olympia Snowe’s seat in the Senate, further throwing up the chess board in a race that a week ago was thought to be securely in Republican hands. Now, a case can be made that either party or even independent King will [...]

Olympia Snowe Will Not Seek Re-Election in Maine

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 2:32 pm

In a highly unexpected announcement, Olympia Snowe, the Senator from Maine, will not seek re-election, putting another seat on the table for the Democrats in the Senate and possibly shifting what was seen as a likely Republican takeover into more of a tossup. Here’s the statement from Snowe, who didn’t really face much resistance for [...]

Maine Becomes Third State to Divert Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Cash into General Fund

By: Monday February 13, 2012 12:58 pm

You can now add Maine to the roster of states planning to use at least some of the money distributed by the five leading banks as part of the foreclosure fraud settlement for the purposes of patching up its budget rather than helping homeowners. In an interesting story by Bill Nemitz of the Portland Press-Herald [...]

A Good Election Night for Rearguard Actions for Liberals

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 6:10 am

Election Day 2011 is over, and the victories for Democrats – and more accurately, for liberal values – across the country largely shared a characteristic – they were successful defensive actions to stave off extremely draconian conservative objectives. The most notable of these came in Ohio, where SB 5, the anti-union bill which stripped most [...]

LePage Tears Down Labor Mural in Maine

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 10:13 am

I can’t think of a more petty move than what Paul LePage, the Governor of Maine, came out with today. Maine Gov. Paul LePage has ordered the removal of a 36-foot mural depicting the state’s labor history from the lobby of the Department of Labor headquarters building in Augusta. In addition, the LePage administration is [...]

Republican Governors Using Same Strategies for Budgets: Harming the Poor, Rewarding the Rich

By: Wednesday March 2, 2011 8:15 am

The best thing about this PCCC ad is how the one protester says that “these issues are not unique to the state of Wisconsin, these are national issues. Money is being taken away from workers, and tax breaks given to major corporations.” That’s certainly true. Wisconsin is a bellweather, but in no way unique. You’re [...]

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