The long march to block LePage’s new welfare reforms starts today

Room 228 at the State House will be the center of activity today as the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee begins hours and days and weeks of deliberations over Gov. Paul LePage administration’s latest proposals for the Department of Health and Human Services. The committee will gather to hear testimony beginning at 10 a.m. The […]

Maine can’t decide what it wants to call this confusing holiday

Good morning from Augusta. State offices are closed today for President’s Day. Or is it George Washington’s birthday? Maine is one of three states where it’s both of those things. We’ll explain. We’re really celebrating Washington’s Birthday, the federal holiday commemorating the first president’s Feb. 22 birthday that was one of three that was moved to Mondays in 1971 to […]

Four bills down; 1,796 to go: What the Maine Legislature has accomplished this year

There appears to be a quiet day brewing in Augusta today, with only two committees meeting, and that’s the way it will remain for the next week as the Legislature, for the most part, goes on vacation until Feb. 27. Six weeks into the 128th Legislature, it’s not as if everyone is bushed from exhaustion […]

LePage to Trump: Put somebody in charge

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage said on Thursday that President Donald Trump may have too many high-level aides vying for control in an embattled White House. The Republican president is dealing with a few different crises less than a month into his tenure, with the biggest involving the resignation of National Security […]

Solar power critic says he does not want to be LePage’s new utilities regulator

Good morning from Augusta, which will soon be the scene of palace intrigue around what Gov. Paul LePage says will be a new nominee to the Maine Public Utilities Commission. However, you can rule out one person: Jim LaBrecque, a self-taught electrical engineer, heat pump evangelist and alternative energy critic from Bangor who LePage floated […]

LePage eyes replacing utilities commissioner with solar energy critic

Good morning from Augusta, where we emerged from the year’s biggest storm to Gov. Paul LePage saying he’s looking to replace his former lawyer on the state commission that regulates utilities and calling on an Orono legislator to resign. There’s no rest for Maine’s press. Here’s your soundtrack. That first item is a continuation of […]

LePage administration, providers continue to haggle over mental health care rates

Good morning from Augusta. Pffft. We’re not in Augusta. All state offices and the Legislature are closed today because, well, it’d take a military extraction team to remove us from our homes at this point. It’s snowin’. Regardless, the Daily Brief soldiers on. We hope you are all safe and warm. Here’s your soundtrack. With […]

How Troy Jackson’s son thinks progressives can try to draft his father for governor

Good morning from a cold, post-blizzard Augusta, where Maine Democrats are on the hunt for someone to lead them out of the political wilderness after the 2016 cycle that brought you President Donald Trump, aided by a win in the 2nd Congressional District. It’s leading to calls among Democrats to draft Maine Senate Minority Leader […]