Category Archives: Other news

GOP operative convicted of illegal political coordination has Poliquin connection

Tyler Harber, a 34-year-old GOP campaign operative in the D.C. area who coordinated $325,000 in spending between a super PAC and a Virginia congressional campaign in 2012, became the first person ever convicted of illegal campaign-finance coordination when he pleaded guilty on Feb. 12. That’s a milestone in campaign finance law, for sure, but it’s worth noting Harber’s […]

Daily Brief: Democrats counter Republican county jail fix plan; RIP David Carr

Good morning from Augusta, where many lawmakers have departed for a week-long break. As is usually the case, especially where there are major budget bills on the table, there will be no rest for the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, which has a dense schedule of work sessions and public hearings today and through next […]

Poll: More Democrats think Pats cheated, but national jealousy over team’s success is bipartisan

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady addressees members of the press during media day for Super Bowl XLIX at US Airways Center. Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports

Come Sunday evening, just like more than 100 million people around the world, I’ll be watching the Super Bowl and I’ll be wearing my Vince Wilfork jersey. My wife and sons will don jerseys that show similar homage to Edelman, Gronk and Brady. All of this is to say: I’m not your unbiased source for news about the […]

Daily Brief: LePage preparing 20 budget bills; clean elections headed back to the ballot

Good morning, folks. We’re still in orientation mode at the State House.  The Legislature’s policy committees are ramping up to full speed this week with a long list of introductory and informational meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Despite the attention that the House and Senate garner when bills finally make their way there, the […]

Hospitals lobbyist says LePage budget provision is a ‘sick tax’ in disguise

Maine Medical Center in Portland. BDN file photo by Seth Koenig.

A lobbyist for Maine’s hospitals is not too pleased with the portion of Gov. Paul LePage’s two-year budget proposal that would allow municipalities to tax nonprofit property — including private colleges, parochial schools and hospitals. The colleges have said the proposal would place an “undue economic burden” on students. Now, the hospitals are also lining up to […]