I received a Legislative update recently in which Senator Dow wrote “..we made the largest one-time investment in education in Maine history, putting the state’s share of funding for local public schools at 55%..” Sadly, there are two things very wrong with that statement. 1 - The truth is, state funding of education is not 55% in spite of a law requiring that passed in 2004 by Maine voters. The state law for the budget says “(13) For fiscal year 2017-18, the target is 49.14%. (14) For fiscal year 2018-19, the target is 50.14%.” It’s in the section on pages 631-632...

The ranked choice voting procedure under consideration in Question 1 on the June 12 ballot in Maine would ensure that in primary elections for state legislative and gubernatorial nominees, and primary and general elections for U.S. House and Senate positions, the winners would have approval, or at least acceptance, from a majority of the voters....

To The Editor: Maine voters from both parties have a historic opportunity in June—we will be the first voters in any state to rank our preferences for candidates in a state primary, thanks to the efforts of the multi-partisan Committee for Ranked Choice Voting in Maine. Democrats will have seven candidates to choose from, while Republicans will have four. You can rank all the gubernatorial candidates in your party from number one to number seven (or four), or choose to rank just your top candidates. In other words, you only need to rank the candidates you would like to see win, starting with your number one choice. The great news is that ranked choice voting will ensure we elect the candidates who are preferred by the majority of voters in each party.

To the editor: I met Laura Fortman last year, and boy are we lucky to have someone like her running for State Senate District 13. She's got my vote, and I hope she has yours!...

To the Editor: There are a lot of false claims being made by people who want you to be afraid of the cost and paint as unworthy the 70,000 low income Maine people who would receive healthcare by passing Question 2 on November 7....