Maine’s Biggest City Will Vote on Public Campaign Financing Measure

This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge. With campaign spending on the rise in their city’s elections, voters in Portland, Maine will decide this November on a ballot question that aims to level the playing field for local office seekers. The ballot question, called Clean Elections, would create a voluntary public campaign financing program for candidates running for municipal office in Portland — one similar to a well-established program offered to candidates for state office in Maine. If approved, the Clean Elections program would make Portland…

California and Maine Are Implementing Universal Meal Programs for All Children

When Erin Primer first heard the news that California was implementing a Universal Meal Program, she didn’t think it was true. For Primer, the director of food and nutrition services at San Luis Coastal Unified School District (SLCUSD) and a long-time advocate of universal meals, the announcement came as a colossal victory. “It’s been something that we never thought was actually possible, especially at the beginning of the pandemic,” Primer said. “It’s allowed me to be incredibly hopeful about school food.” On July 9, 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law the Free School Meals for All Act, which…

The Supreme Court Is Now Forcing Taxpayers to Pay for Anti-Gay Religious Schools

Yesterday’s shameful Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade was telegraphed months ago. But, during the angst-laden wait for the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe, the court, so radically reshaped during the Donald Trump years, made hay trashing other vital precedents in its stampede to remake the country’s legal priorities in an extreme-right direction. This court will, with the Roe ruling and with a slew of other rulings from the past weeks, go down as arguably the most destructive court in United States history, certainly the most destructive in the post-Civil War era. The six members who make up the…

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