October 29, 2014
Think the Midterms Don’t Matter? Tell That to 70,000 Poor, Uninsured People in Maine.
By Alec MacGillis@AlecMacGillis Photo: AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty
The stakes of the 2014 midterm elections, as many have noted, seem awfully low. Yes, control of the Senate is up for grabs, but there’s only so much Republicans will be able to accomplish in the face of the veto and filibuster. As my own colleagues have pointed out, this is an overly sanguine view of the matter. But the tendency to underplay the election is especially misplaced when it comes to races for governor and state legislature. Consider Maine, where a new development in the race for governor may well have just won some 70,000 people health coverage.
Maine’s current governor is Paul LePage, a Republican elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave…
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