Category Archives: Legislature

Maine’s congressional delegation demands VA program fix

Good morning from Augusta, which should be reasonably quiet today, with three legislative committees set to do work today. This week, the Maine Legislature’s biggest topic of discussion will likely be conformity with federal income tax changes, an issue that has consisted mostly of partisan posturing so far between Gov. Paul LePage and Democrats. Two […]

King to CVS: Make overdose-reversing drug available without prescription

Good morning from a snowy Augusta, which should be sleepy on Friday with just one legislative committee doing work. Here’s the Maine Emergency Management Agency’s guide to not falling on snow or ice. Gov. Paul LePage has livened up quiet news days before, and we’re waiting for his State of the State address to be delivered (on paper) to […]

Ted Cruz to get dozens of Maine endorsements on Thursday

Good morning from Augusta, where a large group of Republican legislators and activists is set to endorse presidential hopeful Ted Cruz on Thursday. Between 40 and 50 legislators will hold a noon news conference at the State House to announce support for the Texas senator, who won the Iowa caucuses on Monday, finishing ahead of runner-up Donald […]

Democrats reveal details of LePage’s $38 million tax plan

Two Democratic representatives who say they’re tired of Gov. Paul LePage’s administration concealing from the public how he wants to pay for a $38 million tax conformity bill revealed Thursday to the Bangor Daily News what they say he has proposed. The Republican governor’s administration declined to answer questions from the BDN on Thursday about the proposal […]

Biddeford state senator to resign seat, citing alcohol abuse

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re still digesting the contents of Gov. Paul LePage’s televised town hall meeting in Bangor last night. Check out our quick takes on that event. But early today, Sen. David Dutremble, D-Biddeford, announced that he’ll resign his seat Thursday to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. The second-term senator and city firefighter told the […]

LePage: ‘Bring the guillotine back’ and other radio highlights

Gov. Paul LePage’s weekly radio interview on WVOM has become a bombastic, must-listen lately, and Tuesday’s appearance was no different. The Republican governor repeated a version of remarks on drug dealers the Morning Sentinel said he delivered at a recent speech in Waterville, saying legislative proposals to increase sentences for traffickers didn’t go far enough. He said “the death […]

Mayhew to address Legislature’s watchdog committee on Riverview

Good morning from Augusta, where the story of the day will be long-awaited testimony from Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew on staffing concerns at Riverview Psychiatric Center. The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted last month to ask Mayhew and Jay Harper, the superintendent of the state-run psychiatric hospital on Augusta’s […]

Martin Shkreli won’t participate in Collins-led drug pricing inquiry

Good morning from Augusta, where the Legislature is in session on Thursday and committees will work on bills that would change oil spill reporting standards and promote fundraising for the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. But the biggest news involving Maine politics yesterday came when U.S. Sen. Susan Collins announced that controversial drug industry figure Martin Shkreli would invoke the […]

Dunlap, McCabe, Beliveau among Sanders’ 60 Maine endorsements

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders got a lift in Maine on Tuesday with endorsements from Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, party godfather and lobbyist Severin Beliveau and a host of legislators. The progressive Vermont senator is an underdog in his race against Hillary Clinton — who received early endorsements from most of Maine’s big-name Democrats — but a Tuesday […]

Sanders to announce Maine legislative endorsements on Tuesday

Good morning from Augusta, where Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will step up his Maine presence with a State House news conference to announce the formation of his “Working Class Cabinet.” Sanders, who is battling Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination to run for the presidency, visited Maine in July and isn’t expected at today’s […]