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Maine's Attorney General Aaron Frey is joining his counterparts in 17 other states and the District of Columbia in opposing a new U.S. Department of Labor rule that would change how tipped workers hourly pay is determined.

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Students at the University of Maine Wednesday delivered a petition calling on the state's university system to support student workers.

The progressive group, Maine People's Alliance, has released its annual scorecard ranking lawmakers.

MPA Legislative Director Taryn Hallweaver says this year's report also includes what is being called a "will of the voters" score.

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The campaign over a home health care initiative on the November ballot began Tuesday – with its opponents.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Secretary of State's Office has released the language of a new ballot initiative that would raise taxes for wealthy Maine residents to pay for universal home care for the elderly and disabled.
 

This fall, Maine voters will be asked to vote on a new tax for those with incomes over $128,000. Money from the tax is intended to pay for a variety of home-based care programs for seniors and others. More than two dozen various business groups are opposing the ballot initiative.

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The progressive advocacy group the Maine People’s Alliance (MPA) has a filed petition with the Secretary of State to force consideration of a citizens’ initiative that outlines a major expansion of home-based care for seniors and the individuals with disabilities. The initiative also seeks to increase pay to the providers of those services. The proposal immediately drew criticism from business groups.

Organizers of a referendum effort aimed at guaranteeing access to home care for all seniors and those with a disability say they collected more than 40,000 signatures on Election Day.

Mike Tipping, of the Maine People's Alliance, says he's pleased with the progress made so far and is confident that the Home Care for All initiative will make the 2018 ballot.

Caroline Losneck / Maine Public

One day after about 40,000 counterprotestors marched in Boston to protest what was billed as a right-wing "free speech" rally, close to 1,500 people gathered in Portland to rally for racial justice.

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Protesters rallied in Portland Thursday to press Maine’s U.S. senators to reject the GOP health care bill endorsed in the House, known as American Health Care Act, and the Trump administration's proposed Medicaid cuts. The rally coincided with the Senate’s May recess. 

Organizers collected handwritten messages in empty medicine bottles that they say they plan to deliver to Republican Sen. Susan Collins.  Andrew Francis of the Maine People's Alliance, one of the organizers of the rally, said the focus is on Collins because she hasn't always lived up to her moderate label.

LePage Declares 2 Maine Groups 'Enemies'

Apr 25, 2016

Gov. Paul LePage used an address to the Maine GOP convention over the weekend to attack what he says are the greatest enemies to prosperity in the state: the Natural Resources Council of Maine and the Maine People’s Alliance.

Representatives of the environmental and progressive advocacy organizations responded by saying the governor should work on uniting the state rather than dividing it.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine People’s Alliance, with the support of a coalition that includes the Maine AFL-CIO, has launched an effort to put a minimum wage increase proposal on the ballot next year.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine People's Alliance is endorsing legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour over five years. It's one of seven bills proposing an increase.

Rep. Gina Melargno, an Auburn Democrat, is the bill's prime sponsor. She says the increase needed by the working poor.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine attorney general's office is investigating whether laws were broken when a conservative blogger listened in and recorded a conference call by several liberal groups.

Mike Tipping of the Maine People's Alliance tells the Portland Press Herald that investigators are talking to participants in the Sept. 4 call. The liberal advocacy group contends blogger Steve Robinson violated Maine law when he secretly recorded the call because he was not invited and his presence was unknown.

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A progressive advocacy group has apologized for a campaign flier that targeted dozens of Republican lawmakers for opposing the expansion of Medicaid in Maine. The Maine Peoples Alliance had sent out the letter to voters in those districts characterizing those legislators as "spineless" for refusing "to stand up" to the governor on the issue. As A.J. Higgins reports, that mesage offended one GOP lawmaker who uses a wheelchair.