Category Archives: Legislature

We asked about LePage’s recent radio silence. And got no response.

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re wondering where Gov. Paul LePage is in the run-up to the November referendum on expanding Medicaid in Maine. We’re used to the governor’s stony silence toward Maine’s newspapers and other reporters, but he has been largely absent from the public eye since late August. That’s after months of him […]

Maine Republicans are already lining up to fill key Senate vacancies in 2018

Good morning from Augusta, where it’s already been a busy week for legislative Republicans looking for promotions in 2018. Assistant House Minority Leader Ellie Espling said she’s considering a Senate run. The term-limited Republican from New Gloucester said Monday that she has “more to offer,” but she has no timeframe to make a decision on […]

Rushing into the Equifax breach — as fast as Maine’s senators can

Good morning from Augusta, where we think our credit scores are still as intact as journalists’ can be after the Equifax breach. Here’s what our senators think of it. Susan Collins and Angus King have called on federal agencies to investigate Equifax stock sales. The credit reporting agency’s data breach compromised more than 524,000 Mainers, […]

Republican state senator to co-host fundraiser for Democrat Janet Mills

Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, said Tuesday that he has not decided who he will endorse for governor in the 2018 election, but for now he’s helping raise campaign cash for Janet Mills, who is running as a Democrat. Saviello, who has been friends with Mills for more than 20 years, confirmed rumors that he and […]

How early endorsements affect the race to replace LePage

There’s still more than a year before the election to succeed Republican Gov. Paul LePage, but candidates for the Blaine House are already jump-starting the endorsements game. There will be flood of endorsements for various candidates from lawmakers, organizations, newspapers, national groups and everyday Mainers. In many cases, their importance in the outcome of elections […]

Get ready for Round 7 in Maine’s Medicaid expansion fight

The parties on both sides of the debate over expanding Medicaid in Maine dug new trenchlines on Wednesday as Maine careens toward a referendum in November that some see as a potential national barometer on health care and conservative principles. The question of whether to expand the taxpayer-funded health care system here comes to the Nov. […]

This Republican lawmaker wants to be the youngest governor ever elected in Maine

Maine Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason will announce a run for governor Wednesday, which will make the young conservative with deep ties to the state’s evangelical right the second Republican vying to replace Gov. Paul LePage. Mason, 32, of Lisbon Falls announced late Monday that he’ll declare his run at an event at Lewiston’s Ironhorse […]

Marijuana, ranked-choice voting to be mulled by Maine lawmakers in special session

The top Republican in the Maine Legislature said Friday that he expects lawmakers to address marijuana legalization and ranked-choice voting in a special session demanded by Gov. Paul LePage that will likely be set for October’s end. The Republican governor notified the Legislature this week that he’d call them back after the federal government deemed a […]

What a federal takeover of Maine’s meat and poultry inspection program would look like

Maine, its farms and food producers could face an onslaught of federal inspectors unless the Legislature agrees to significant amendments to its first-in-the-country food sovereignty bill, which goes into effect Nov. 1. On Wednesday, the Bangor Daily News reported that Gov. Paul LePage has told legislative leaders that he will call an emergency session of […]

LePage’s ‘right to work’ contract gambit clears state union votes

Two of the state’s largest public sector labor unions have agreed to eliminate the requirement that all employees pay union fees whether or not they are members. David Heidrich, a spokesman for the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, said Thursday morning that both the Maine State Employees Association, which represents more than 9,000 executive […]