Daily Brief: Collins claims victory against Obama plan to tax college savings plans

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Good morning from a tranquil Augusta, where all remains quiet after yesterday’s headline-grabbing snowstorm dumped more than a foot of powder. There’s been no word from Gov. Paul LePage about further state office closures, so it appears government will open once again after being officially put on hold yesterday when the governor declared a state of emergency.  […]

Poll: More Democrats think Pats cheated, but national jealousy over team’s success is bipartisan

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady addressees members of the press during media day for Super Bowl XLIX at US Airways Center. Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports

Come Sunday evening, just like more than 100 million people around the world, I’ll be watching the Super Bowl and I’ll be wearing my Vince Wilfork jersey. My wife and sons will don jerseys that show similar homage to Edelman, Gronk and Brady. All of this is to say: I’m not your unbiased source for news about the […]

Daily Brief: LePage declares emergency, shuts down state offices

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Expecting an onslaught of snow and wind, Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday announced that he had declared a state of emergency, shutting down all state offices and urging Mainers to stay off the roads.  “Travel conditions will be life-threatening, and widespread power outages are probable,” LePage wrote in the emergency proclamation. Much of the state is braced for a snowstorm […]

Daily Brief: More changes in Democratic leadership; fashionable and ready for snow

The chatter in the State House for the next couple of days will be the same as the chatter is everywhere else in New England, and at long last I’m not talking about deflated footballs. It’s going to snow and this incoming storm looks to be a doozy. Stay safe, people.  I expect state offices […]

Daily Brief: Can libertarians, progressives join forces at State House?

Human trafficking will return to the fore today in Augusta, as Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, and Gov. Paul LePage hold a media event at that State House Hall of Flags to proclaim the week of Jan. 25 as Human Trafficking Awareness Week  As a member in the House last year, Volk was thrust into the spotlight after Democratic […]

Video: LePage tells Verso to ‘get out of the state of Maine’

PORTLAND, MAINE -- 01/22/15 -- Gov. Paul LePage told Verso Paper to "get out of the state" on Thursday in Portland. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Gov. Paul LePage said his message to Verso Paper Corp. executives is to “get out of the state of Maine” and echoed allegations from one of the millworkers’ unions that the company sold the mill for scrap to prevent competition. “Get out of the state of Maine,” LePage said Thursday morning in response to a reporter’s question. “Those […]

Daily Brief: Poliquin meets Obama and picks up natural gas fight

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For a day without the House and Senate in session, Wednesday was a busy one in Augusta. Legislative committees heard hours of testimony from department heads, who briefed lawmakers about their agencies’ work and the effect Gov. Paul LePage’s biennial budget proposal would have on it.  President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address garnered some conversation, although lawmakers and state […]