Category Archives: Legislature

Will LePage’s drug antidote and solar bill vetoes stand?

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers will return on Friday to handle a parade of vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage. It’ll be a long day at the State House, with 33 vetoes up for consideration in the House of Representatives and Senate. We had a full rundown on them yesterday, but the highest-profile bills at stake […]

With Trump closing in on GOP nod, will Collins back him?

Good morning from Augusta, which is in a lull until Friday, when lawmakers will return to handle vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage. But we’ll start with Donald Trump, the governor’s preferred Republican presidential nominee: He swept primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware on Tuesday. Trump’s two opponents, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio […]

Cruz, Kasich may be teaming up to stop Trump. That didn’t happen in Maine

Good morning from Augusta, where Monday’s news of Gov. Paul LePage’s private school reform commission meeting (which violated open-meeting law, according to Attorney General Janet Mills) conjured a soundtrack that definitely doesn’t reflect what happened at the Blaine House. But first, we’ll turn our attention to the presidential politics that the governor was heavily involved in over the weekend at the Maine […]

LePage floats list of who Maine should send to GOP national convention

Good morning from Augusta, but Bangor will be Maine’s political center this weekend. The Maine Republican Party begins its state convention there on Friday and on Saturday, it’ll pick the delegates who will help decide the party’s presidential nominee in July at what may be the first contested national convention since 1976. In Maine, the 2016 convention is […]

Maine Democrats hold wide legislative money lead ahead of 2016 races

Good morning from Portland. Why am I here? Well, Augusta is empty for two reasons: Patriot’s Day (yes, that’s where Maine puts the apostrophe) and the Legislature finished its business just after 2 a.m. on Saturday. The last day’s action included a bipartisan compromise on purchase bans for alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, tattoos and other items using cash assistance, a […]

Will the Maine Legislature bail out mill towns?

Good morning from Augusta, where a last-minute bill to change Maine’s school funding formula to help struggling mill towns was amended amid confusion and urban-rural divide by the House of Representatives on Wednesday night. It was proposed by Gov. Paul LePage as a response to recent paper mill closures. Last month, the mill in Madison announced that it will shut down in May, laying […]

LePage vetoes bills on wrongful death suits, disability recommendations

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage delivered a couple of notable veto letters on Friday. The Republican governor vetoed one bill that would have extended the statute of limitations for wrongful death actions relating to homicides. It was backed by Attorney General Janet Mills and was lobbied by families of homicide victims. However, LePage said it […]

Maine Democrats to consider superdelegate changes at state convention

Good morning from Augusta, where Democrats rejected a last-minute budget maneuver from Gov. Paul LePage and House Republicans that had the State House halls buzzing on Thursday. The proposal wasn’t released by Republicans, but Democrats said it funded $18 million worth of bills — pay raises for law enforcement and direct care workers and jail funding — by […]

Maine Legislature tries piecemeal budget in last-ditch effort to win GOP support

Good morning from Augusta, where a long day of work on Wednesday produced a piecemeal spending proposal that aims to win at least some support from holdout Republicans in the House of Representatives. That caucus, buoyed by an alliance with Gov. Paul LePage, has stood against Democrats and Senate Republicans to oppose new spending in 2016 and voted against an […]