Category Archives: Legislature

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 […]

Daily Brief: Richard Rosen confirmation hearings begin and dissing Dunkin’ Donuts

Good morning from Augusta. The House and Senate return to the State House today for the first time in a week after having their absence extended by two days because of the weather. It’s going to be a busy day.  Some of the more than 1,500 bills proposed by lawmakers and several dozen bills forwarded by […]

Daily Brief: More changes in Democratic leadership; fashionable and ready for snow

The chatter in the State House for the next couple of days will be the same as the chatter is everywhere else in New England, and at long last I’m not talking about deflated footballs. It’s going to snow and this incoming storm looks to be a doozy. Stay safe, people.  I expect state offices […]

Daily Brief: LePage preparing 20 budget bills; clean elections headed back to the ballot

Good morning, folks. We’re still in orientation mode at the State House.  The Legislature’s policy committees are ramping up to full speed this week with a long list of introductory and informational meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Despite the attention that the House and Senate garner when bills finally make their way there, the […]