Category Archives: Elections

Democrats emerge from budget hearings firing back at LePage

Good morning from Augusta, where things continue to be slow this week with the Maine Legislature mostly out of town on a February break. But after the Appropriations Committee began four days of hearings on the wide-ranging Maine Department of Health and Human Services portion of Gov. Paul LePage’s two-year budget proposal on Tuesday, Democrats began to fire back […]

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 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 […]

Meet Maine’s first 2018 gubernatorial candidate, but don’t expect him to win

Good morning from Augusta, where we think the first 2018 gubernatorial candidate deserves his own headline, even if said candidate is more likely to be the answer to a trivia question than the next governor. It was Republican Deril Stubenrod of Clinton, who is the first one in after filing with the Maine Ethics Commission on Wednesday. But […]

LePage takes aim at asylum seekers, says he might sue federal government

Gov. Paul LePage said his administration is considering suing the federal government to cover the state’s costs for caring for immigrants while their applications for asylum are being processed. LePage said on his weekly radio appearance on WVOM that most of the asylum seekers in Maine don’t come directly from foreign countries but rather from […]

It’s pot legalization day in Maine! Here’s how you can and can’t celebrate

Good morning from Augusta. I can report that marijuana has been legal statewide as of 12:01 a.m. At least one end-of-prohibition party is set for tonight in Portland. But don’t go reefer mad all at once. Maine is now in limbo with its voter-approved law, especially after a moratorium signed Friday by Gov. Paul LePage to delay […]

LePage: ‘Greed’ motivates push for new Maine casino

Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Legislature is closed today because of a storm dropping a wintry mix across much of the state, prompting more than 800 delays and cancellations. But it didn’t stop Gov. Paul LePage from making his regular Tuesday appearance on WVOM. The news? His opposition to a proposed York County […]

How Mainers will mark Day 1 under President Donald Trump

Good morning from Augusta on what will be the first half-day of America under President Donald Trump — three words that I never thought I’d type as a young and only very casual watcher of “The Apprentice.” Here’s your Prince-penned soundtrack. The Bangor Daily News’ coverage will kick off at 9 a.m. with a live blog in which we’ll […]