All posts by Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto

About Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto has been a Maine journalist, in print and online publications, since 2009. He joined the Bangor Daily News in 2012, first as a general assignment reporter in his native Hancock County and, now, in the State House.

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.  […]

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: 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 […]

Daily Brief: LePage not expecting much from Obama’s State of the Union

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Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers have returned after the three-day weekend.  This week, members of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee begin their deeper look at Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.3 billion two-year budget. While we’ve heard the broad strokes of the governor’s plan, senior LePage administration officials this week will brief the committee about the specific funding and budget […]

Daily Brief: Democrats mark death of longtime lawmaker, Angus goes abroad

Good morning from Waterville, where Gov. Paul LePage will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at a breakfast with the Waterville Rotary Club and Spectrum Generations, a community and service organization for senior and disabled citizens.  State offices are closed today for the holiday, and many officials will be attending MLK events in their own districts. […]

Daily Brief: Phthalate rule weakened, plus a plan to split Maine in two

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Good morning from Augusta where lawmakers … are elsewhere, actually.  Many of them are back at home, as session doesn’t open again until Tuesday. But some — one busload, actually — are embarking on a tour, criss-crossing the state to get a view of businesses, health care facilities, schools, energy projects and other activity outside the […]