Category Archives: Governor LePage

What you missed while Maine lawmakers were squabbling

Good morning from Augusta, where everyone is tired and cranky after a contentious three days at the State House. We’ll catch up on a few items that might have been overshadowed by the uproar on the House floor. LePage asks legislators to ‘address student debt!’ Tempers continued to simmer about unfinished business at the State […]

Traps, ‘trickery’ and other things Maine lawmakers do in the middle of the night

The Legislature was supposed to adjourn at midnight on Wednesday, but Democrats let the session stretch on in an arcane procedural fight that we try to explain.

Maine lawmakers have backed themselves into a corner on tax conformity, Medicaid expansion

Democrats and House Republicans may not see expansion and conformity, respectively, as issues worth sticking around for at this point in the legislative session.

Compromise on latest Maine gun control effort faces long odds

The bill’s Democratic sponsor has amended a so-called “red flag” bill in a bid to win more support, but a top Maine gun-rights group said it’s too late in the legislative session to make such a big change.

The seven questions that stand between Maine and ranked-choice voting

Maine’s high court may soon get the chance to strike down ranked-choice voting’s use in the June election while the secretary of state gets it ready for implementation.

Left versus inside: Recapping the Maine Democratic gubernatorial debate

Attorney General Janet Mills looked like the frontrunner as most of the Democratic field raced to the left to define themselves before a primary audience.

Maine lawmakers continue to stumble on path to legal marijuana

Good morning from Augusta, where Maine’s second attempt to set up a regulatory system for recreational marijuana will likely get a vote in the Legislature today, but it’s looking as if it could have some of the same problems that the first one had. Legislators may have done all that they could to get a […]

New report on Maine’s fiscal state could renew old fights over social service spending

A deep and weedy annual report on state government’s fiscal health claims some continuing points of contention within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.