Category Archives: Legislature

Bruce Poliquin sold his family home, reviving questions about his 2nd District residence

A Poliquin adviser says he’s leasing an apartment attached to his family’s former home, which has been a campaign issue for the congressman in the past.

LePage push to align Maine with Trump’s tax cuts won’t be an easy fix

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers are supposed to adjourn in less than a month, but not before they settle a looming conflict over a benignly titled “tax conformity” bill rolled out officially last week by Gov. Paul LePage. We got an initial look at the Republican governor’s proposal — which would cost $88 million […]

The four most interesting potential Maine legislative primaries

This year’s primary elections feature some interesting face-offs, and not just in the governor’s race.

It’s deadline day for Maine party candidates who want to make the ballot

We’re expecting an eight-way Democratic gubernatorial primary and a five-way Republican primary, which will test Maine’s new ranked-choice voting system.

Maine’s top government watchdog is leaving

The committee is headed into a big investigation of Maine’s child welfare system, but Beth Ashcroft has given lawmakers lots of time to find a replacement.

Making the primary ballot is just the first hurdle in Maine’s long Blaine House race

Five candidates have qualified for gubernatorial primary races with more to come before the Thursday deadline, but other deadlines remain.

LePage’s bleak take on Maine forest industry jobs doesn’t add up

Good morning from Augusta. Gov. Paul LePage was in Washington, D.C., to meet with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in February and something he’s attributed as saying there is puzzling people who watch Maine’s forest industry closely. A summary of that meeting, also attended by New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant and his staff, cites the […]

LePage allies, foes back legislative probe of how DHHS handled child abuse claims

The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee will consider whether to direct its watchdog agency, the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, to launch an investigation into the events leading up to a 10-year-old Stockton Springs girl’s alleged murder by her mother and stepfather.

A spat is brewing over how wood harvested from Maine land is milled

Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, is leading an inquiry into Maine’s forestry practices after mill owners who have criticized Gov. Paul LePage weren’t given their expected amount of wood from public lands.