Category Archives: Governor LePage

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 […]

Daily Brief: Corrections commissioner cracks down on jails hours after bill’s passage

Good morning from Augusta, where there is little on the legislative docket today as lawmakers wrap up their winter break. Committees resume on Monday with a series of public hearing scheduled by the Appropriations Committee and others. But more on that in your Monday State & Capitol Daily Brief, which in case you didn’t know […]

LePage hails Texas judge’s decision to block Obama’s immigration agenda

Gov. Paul LePage, pictured here recently in Portland. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

A U.S. District Court judge in Texas on Monday blocked President Barack Obama’s plan to protect about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, saying the president’s use of executive orders to enact the policy had exceeded his authority and wrongly bypassed Congress. The lawsuit was heard in Texas, the state leading the charge to thwart Obama’s immigration agenda, […]

‘Maine Middleman Association’ ready to tangle with LePage

Gov. Paul LePage, during his State of the State address earlier this month. BDN file photo by Ashley Conti.

Lots and lots of paper gets pushed in Augusta — much of it dry, stoic bureaucratic jargon. The business of state government is serious, and that’s reflected in the writing. It’s important, but nearly never thrilling. The stuff that’s not dry often comes from political spin officers. That material is colorful in rhetoric and heavy on emotional […]

Daily Brief: LePage 2010 campaign left $1,000 on the table, just like Ed Muskie

Good morning from the State House, where it’s fair to say the Legislature is finally in full swing. That means there’s a dense schedule of committee work this afternoon which will draw in people from across Maine to support or oppose myriad bills working their way through the process.  The breadth of topics is wide. […]

Daily Brief: King’s small-biz Obamacare fix; LePage’s opposition to Narcan

Bangor Daily News photo by Seth Koenig

Good Wednesday morning.  Gov. Paul LePage prepares today for his first Town Hall meeting in Westbrook later this evening . The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, where he will take questions about the proposed $6.57 billion two-year budget and the huge tax reform package it contains.  In the coming weeks, the […]

Daily Brief: Dead mud, beer brotherhoods and Augusta, Maine’s ‘most dangerous’ town

Good morning from Augusta, where a busy day is brewing with morning House and Senate sessions followed by an afternoon of committee work.  Many eyes will be cast toward the sea today with the release of a long-toiled-upon report about how ocean acidification is affecting the Gulf of Maine and what we should do about it. […]

Daily Brief: State of the State preview and Maine’s dying (?) middle class

Gov. Paul LePage. BDN file photo by Gabor Degre

Gov. Paul LePage will address a joint session of the divided Legislature for the second time in a month when he delivers his State of the State address tonight in the Maine House of Representatives. The speech is expected to be more policy-oriented than his January inaugural address, as the governor makes his budget pitch […]