Category Archives: Legislature

Former Bangor state rep accused of illegal lobbying

Good morning from Augusta, where a Republican representative has called for a Maine Ethics Commission investigation of a former Democratic colleague for allegedly breaking rules that apply to State House lobbyists. Rep. Sheldon Hanington, R-Lincoln, made the request for an investigation into former Rep. Adam Goode, D-Bangor, in a letter Thursday afternoon to the Maine […]

LePage will take his fight against North Woods monument to DC

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is planning another trip to Washington, D.C. This time, it’s about the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The Republican governor told WGAN on Thursday he’s going in April or May to testify before a congressional committee that former President Barack Obama “overstepped” the U.S. Antiquities Act […]

We still don’t know how Poliquin will vote on GOP health bill

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage and legislative Republicans have pushed for changes now melded into their party’s national health care bill. U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin pushed for others at a White House meeting on Tuesday. But with a vote expected in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday and top Republicans ruling […]

Fight to stifle Maine’s voter-approved school aid surtax intensifies

Good morning from Augusta, where the fight over Maine’s voter-approved surtax to support public schools begins today in earnest. Opponents of the measure, which squeaked by to passage as a citizen-initiated referendum in November 2016, have painted a dire picture of its impact since then. Among their arguments is that as it stands now, the […]

What Mainers need to know about Trump’s budget

Good morning from Augusta, where President Donald Trump’s budget outline released this week that’s drawing mixed to negative reviews from Maine’s congressional delegation would change the order of business for many government programs. The outline is a stunning reprioritization of the discretionary spending for departments and agencies that makes up about one-third of federal spending. […]

LePage says he didn’t sign emergency budget bill because of provision he proposed

Gov. Paul LePage’s office said today that the reason he didn’t sign an emergency supplemental budget bill he proposed is because it includes money for Efficiency Maine, which uses taxpayer funds to administer energy efficiency programs in Maine. LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett told the Associated Press that LePage is concerned about Maine’s high energy costs, which […]

Data undercut LePage claim that many dump private insurance for Medicaid

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re still unpacking Gov. Paul LePage’s wide-ranging radio interview yesterday, which included a tenuous claim on health care that we’ve never heard before. When he was talking about his meeting last week with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on health care reform, he called for “a law […]