Category Archives: Governor LePage

At LePage’s request, lawmakers will vote on Article V balanced budget convention

Gov. Paul LePage, left, and Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, during the governor's second inauguration in January. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

Maine could become the 28th state to join the call for a constitutional convention with the hopes of amending the U.S. Constitution to require balanced budgets at the federal level. Jim Cyr, a spokesman for Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, confirmed Thursday that Thibodeau would introduce a joint resolution in the Legislature at the request […]

Daily Brief: Murderous Frank Underwood more popular than Obama

File photo of cast member Spacey posing at the premiere for the second season of the television series "House of Cards" at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is hoping to gain support for his budget proposals related to fighting the rampant substance abuse that plagues many Maine communities. The governor has asked reporters and TV crews to meet with him in the Cabinet room to stump for the plan, which includes funding to invigorate […]

LePage corrects radio address after pushback from Stephen King

Paul LePage vs. Stephen King. It’s an irresistible confrontation, right? Judging by all the attention it’s gotten today, I’d say so. It should come as no surprise that Maine’s most famous resident (I’m talking about King here) garners a lot of attention. Everything he writes is a best-seller. Especially when he begins a public statement by saying […]

Daily Brief: LePage isn’t the first Maine governor to oppose methadone

Good morning. It’ll be a somber day in the Hall of Flags today when cancer patients, survivors and their families gather to advocate against the ghastly disease.  Specifically, the American Cancer Society will use its annual lobbying day to ask lawmakers to support legislation improving palliative care, oppose cuts proposed by Gov. Paul LePage to […]

Daily Brief: Lawmakers considering bills to eliminate term limits, give themselves raises

Good morning from Augusta, where it’s a big day for the Maine Technology Institute. Brian Whitney, who was nominated to be the organization’s president last month by Gov. Paul LePage, is scheduled to come before the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee for an interview and recommendation to the full Senate. The hearing begins […]

Daily Brief: LePage bullish on winning public opinion for his budget

Gov. Paul LePage, R-Maine. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

Greetings from the state capital, where lawmakers are weighing whether to delay implementation of new teacher evaluations. Schools are supposed to being using new a teacher evaluation system in the 2015-2016 school year, which begins in July. Rep. Brian Hubbell, D-Bar Harbor, serves on the Education Committee and has proposed a bill, LD 38, to […]

Daily Brief: Train bills rolling through Augusta; a case study on the LePage budget

Howdy from Augusta, where discussions about extending passenger and freight rail service to the Lewiston-Auburn area are heating up with a request for the state to allocate $1 million toward planning for the project.  The bill by Rep. Jared Golden, D-Lewiston, would provide one-time funding for final engineering design and environmental assessment for the state-owned […]

LePage’s A-through-F public school grading system put on hold until fall of 2016

The Maine Department of Education announced Monday that it will not issue A-through-F report cards for schools this year. According to a web bulletin by department spokeswoman Samantha Warren, the state is switching to a new online student assessment system this year, which will make it impossible to compute year-to-year student growth. Data from the […]

Daily Brief: Is large-scale mining right for Maine and how free are we?

Greetings from Augusta, where a busy week for the Legislature is about to launch. The pace in the State House will quicken from here on out as the river of bills swells and budget deliberations intensify.  The Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee will hold hearings and work sessions on a handful of perennial bills […]

LePage cracks down on state employees viewing porn on work computers

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Gov. Paul LePage on Friday issued an executive order to stiffen policies prohibiting state employees from accessing pornographic material on government computers or devices — even when they’re off the clock. According to the governor and his human resources chief, it’s a type of misconduct that persists, albeit infrequently. “Employees of State agencies are compensated for […]