Category Archives: Legislature

LePage plays politics with threat to bring Legislature back for special session

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re still digging out from Gov. Paul LePage’s town hall meeting on Wednesday in Bangor. There, he admitted being wrong on his debunked story about a Portland high school student overdosing on heroin. But he also said he was considering calling the Legislature back into session to fund raises for […]

Maine panel ends ethics probe on Portland lawmaker, but illuminates legal loophole

Good morning from Augusta, where a Portland lawmaker running for a Maine Senate seat in the city declared victory after a state ethics panel vote on Wednesday. But it wasn’t such a slam dunk and his case illuminated what advocates called a loophole in state election law. It revolves around Rep. Ben Chipman, a Democrat running in a Senate primary […]

LePage’s confusing exchange on Medicaid expansion

Good morning from Augusta, where today’s round-up starts with a confusing exchange on Medicaid expansion between Gov. Paul LePage and a caller on MPBN’s “Maine Calling” on Monday. The main point of confusion seemed to be around existing eligibility for childless adults under Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for low-income people. Maine is one of […]

Poliquin dodges Trump questions after audiotape leak

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin avoided questions from Roll Call on Friday about whether he’ll support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. It came after Bangor Daily News blogger Mike Tipping published a leaked audiotape of the Republican from Maine’s 2nd District telling conservatives in Portland that the divisive billionaire “will win” the presidency and turn to House Republicans to craft policy. […]

Will Maine superdelegate change boost Sanders’ ‘political revolution’?

Good morning from Portland, where Maine Democrats handed 17 of 25 pledged delegates to the party’s presidential underdog, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But the convention will be remembered more for a rule change that Sanders hailed in a Sunday statement, calling it “the kind of grassroots democracy that will help the Democratic Party grow and win elections.” […]

Maine Republicans start to align behind Donald Trump

Good morning from Augusta. Across the country, Republicans are coming to terms with presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and prominent Maine party members began to rally around him yesterday after his last two challengers, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, dropped out. For much of the race, Trump had no prominent supporters here except for Gov. […]

Part of Maine’s legal pot proposal is unconstitutional

It may seem counterintuitive, but the marijuana legalization question headed to Maine’s 2016 ballot contains an almost certainly unconstitutional restriction on some of the plant’s biggest boosters — magazines like High Times. The conflict with First Amendment guarantees to free speech and a free press only affects a small portion of the law and predates the October […]

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 […]