Category Archives: Other news

Daily Brief: NAACP continuing call for discipline of Sen. Willette over Obama remarks

Good morning from Augusta, where the Legislature is capping off a busy week with a smattering of committee activity today. The House and Senate are not in session again until Tuesday. The saga of Republican Sen. Mike Willette of Presque Isle and his history of inflammatory Facebook posts continues today with an expected press conference […]

LePage corrects radio address after pushback from Stephen King

Paul LePage vs. Stephen King. It’s an irresistible confrontation, right? Judging by all the attention it’s gotten today, I’d say so. It should come as no surprise that Maine’s most famous resident (I’m talking about King here) garners a lot of attention. Everything he writes is a best-seller. Especially when he begins a public statement by saying […]

Maine graded ‘middling’ for state spending transparency

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Despite Maine’s effort at government spending transparency, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group on Wednesday issued the state a “C+” for the openness of its checkbook. Maine’s rank has improved since the launch of its spending transparency site in 2013, but that’s up to 76 points from 68 points (out of 100). There are many ingredients to crafting a winning […]

Scott Dolan stares down a judge, walks away with victory for journalism

Scott Dolan, the Portland Press Herald court reporter who won the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition’s Sunshine Award Tuesday, has guts of steel. Dolan won the prestigious award for standing and challenging a judge in open court on January 6 when the judge said reporters couldn’t report on parts of a trial. Dolan wrote the story anyway and after two days […]

Daily Brief: What does Susan Collins have in common with Cyndi Lauper?

Good morning from Maine’s capital, where the House and Senate are convening this morning and committees are scheduled throughout the afternoon.  The focus on animals this legislative session continues today with a bill, sponsored by Rep. Kimberly Monaghan, D-Cape Elizabeth, that would prohibit the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops unless they were born […]

Daily Brief: Bills to restrict cellphone use while driving due for votes today

Good morning from the State House, where the busiest room in Augusta this week was probably the Appropriations Committee room. Hundreds of people have come and gone as lawmakers have taken testimony on the portions of Gov. Paul LePage’s biennial budget proposals in the Department of Health and Human Services. Dozens and dozens have testified for the […]