At LePage’s request, lawmakers will vote on Article V balanced budget convention

Gov. Paul LePage, left, and Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, during the governor's second inauguration in January. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

Maine could become the 28th state to join the call for a constitutional convention with the hopes of amending the U.S. Constitution to require balanced budgets at the federal level. Jim Cyr, a spokesman for Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, confirmed Thursday that Thibodeau would introduce a joint resolution in the Legislature at the request […]

Daily Brief: Will Maine throw its support behind balanced budget amendment?

Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida

Good morning from Augusta, where the fallout from the sudden firing of Brig. Gen. James Campbell, who until Tuesday was the head of the Maine National Guard, is still reverberating. In an interview with the BDN, Campbell categorically denied that he lied to the public about plans to transform the storied 133rd Engineer Battalion into […]

Poliquin defends votes on austere GOP budget bills, touts constitutional amendment

Bruce Poliquin, Maine’s freshman 2nd District congressman, voted on the side of austerity Wednesday evening when he cast his support behind the so-called Price 1 and Price 2 budget bills. The votes spurred Democrats to call Poliquin a “one-term wonder” and a rubber stamp for GOP policies that would slash social safety nets and curtail programs […]

Daily Brief: Veterans returning to State House one day after National Guard chief’s firing

Good morning. Do you feel like you’re adequately represented in the Legislature? How far do you live from your state senator? If you live in one of the rural parts of the state, chances are your senator lives miles away but if you live in a city, she’s probably within a few miles. That’s because […]

Maine lawmaker stars in Washington Post column penned by publisher of The Nation

Democratic Rep. Diane Russell of Portland showed up in the Washington Post this morning as the primary subject of a column by journalism titan Katrina vanden Heuvel. Russell, who is serving her fourth term in the House of Representatives, has carved out her own niche as a lawmaker who is willing to buck the will of party […]

Daily Brief: Murderous Frank Underwood more popular than Obama

File photo of cast member Spacey posing at the premiere for the second season of the television series "House of Cards" at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is hoping to gain support for his budget proposals related to fighting the rampant substance abuse that plagues many Maine communities. The governor has asked reporters and TV crews to meet with him in the Cabinet room to stump for the plan, which includes funding to invigorate […]

Daily Brief: Blitz to raise minimum wage takes off today at the State House

Good morning and welcome to your Monday Daily Brief. It’s minimum wage day in Augusta and if you need a sound track, check out this old, 47-second, three-word (including “HEEYA!”) song from They Might Be Giants. Thanks to myself, I’ll be humming it all morning. Maybe you will too? Seriously, though, supporters of raising Maine’s minimum […]