Category Archives: Legislature

How to follow the money in Maine’s crowded 2018 governor’s race

Gov. Paul LePage has taught us that money isn’t everything early in primaries. However, a new round of filings tells us a lot about hopefuls’ positions in their field.

Maine lawmakers again consider a cap on the number of bills they can submit

Observers in both parties think it’s a good idea, but the Legislature has long been loathe to limit its responsibilities.

Virginia decided a tied election in a drawing. Here’s what would happen in Maine

Good morning from Augusta. Last week, Virginia decided a crucial, tied legislative election with a random drawing that a Republican won. That wouldn’t happen in Maine — except in one kind of election. Maine law sets out four different ways to break ties in four types of elections. And they would be doozies. Tied primary […]

Maine’s already twisted path to legalized pot just got hazier

Good morning from Augusta, where the news doesn’t stop for a snowstorm. Though the State House was snowbound, national events churned Maine’s political waters. Namely, President Donald Trump’s attorney general did what he has been threatening to do for months: End an Obama-era stance of tolerance for recreational marijuana, sort of. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, […]

Maine lawmakers are back and itching to fight about Medicaid expansion

Republicans would like to keep stalling the voter-approved law, while Democrats want to fund it with no apparent plan. It’s a standoff not likely to be broken in 2018.

The first big State House fight of 2018 could pit politicians against petitioners

Activists are up in arms over a bill that would bar petitioners from polling places and a massive crowd is expected at a hearing on the Legislature’s first day of 2018 tomorrow.