Munjoy Hill representative and legalized-weed warrior Diane Russell, D-Portland, delivered a memo signed by 37 lawmakers to the Legislature’s budget-writing committee on Friday, urging appropriators to consider potential revenue from legalized marijuana as part of the fix for the $170 million shortfall in the current budget cycle.
Luckily for politicians, there are myriad economic indicators that can easily be spun to fit the day’s narrative. Depending on who you listen to, Maine’s economy is booming, or it’s stagnant.
Well, that didn’t last long.
A successful and well-liked TV show could help raise their respective profiles, and good on-screen chemistry between the Augusta Republican and North Haven Democrat could give each greater stature as bipartisan leader.
The governor’s annual report to lawmakers, required by the state’s Constitution, is one of the biggest State House spectacles every year. Regardless of who’s in power, speeches like last night’s are often dense with policy outlines and political rhetoric, not to mention the kinds of personal touches that leave impressions about the man or woman […]
So, something weird happened around 6 p.m. Monday. Democrats on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee voted to approve a bill to restore a $40 million reduction in municipal revenue sharing in the state budget. Absent from the process, though, were any Republican members of the committee. The reason for that is … hairy, to say the […]
The State of the Union has come and gone, but what was the state of President Barack Obama’s job performance? According to Gallup, which has tracked presidential job approval ratings since the days of Truman, Obama’s fifth year in office was among the most polarizing in history, with just 11 percent average Republican approval and […]