Category Archives: Legislature

Lawmakers looking for better ways to put a drink in your hand

Good morning from Augusta, where the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee will spend much of the day pondering better ways for us all to have a drink or two, maybe at no charge. No joke.  Among the bills on the committee’s docket this morning are bids to authorize free wine samples at restaurants, to allow sales […]

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 […]