Category Archives: Legislature

Maine lawmaker stars in Washington Post column penned by publisher of The Nation

Democratic Rep. Diane Russell of Portland showed up in the Washington Post this morning as the primary subject of a column by journalism titan Katrina vanden Heuvel. Russell, who is serving her fourth term in the House of Representatives, has carved out her own niche as a lawmaker who is willing to buck the will of party […]

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 […]

Democrats call for senator’s resignation for remarks on Obama, Muslims

State Sen. Michael Willette, R-Presque Isle.

Controversy over state senator Michael Willette’s history of racially charged and otherwise inflammatory posts about President Barack Obama and about Muslims reached a boiling point Wednesday as Democrats called for his resignation. Willette, a Presque Isle Republican, was revealed earlier this week to have shared a meme on Facebook that linked Obama to the terrorist […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

Daily Brief: Lobbyists prep for budget hearings; job approval from Ike to Obama

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Good morning from Augusta, where the first waves in a parade of lobbyists, advocates and possibly even some regular Maine residents are gathering to add their voices to the coming budget debate.  The Appropriations Committee, responsible for turning Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.57 billion two-year budget proposal into a deal that will be amenable to the entire […]

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: Legislature postponed again; what’s new with Shenna Bellows?

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Good Monday morning. Once again, the weather is putting a kink in the legislative schedule as yet another snowstorm barrels into Maine.  “This will be the 4th storm in only a 10-day period for the area, and the snow pack continues to grow,” writes CBS 13 meteorologist Charlie Lopresti. “This historical stretch will provide the current […]