Category Archives: U.S. Congress

Senators applaud Collins effort to save filibuster but McCain calls it ‘meaningless’

Good morning from Augusta. Another similar week of heavy committee activity awaits, with the major difference being that finally, outside looks to be a more pleasant place than a committee room. Here’s your soundtrack. In Washington, D.C., the ripples are still spreading from last week’s momentous confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. […]

Unhappy with LePage budget, Maine Democrats to unveil their own

Good morning from Augusta, where legislative Democrats are promising to unveil an alternative to Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposal today as Republicans say they’re drawing a thick line on eliminating the voter-approved 3 percent surtax on income over $200,000 to fund education. This is becoming a regular piece of budget negotiations in Augusta: It’ll come […]

So, who is this young Republican who wants to unseat Angus King?

Good morning from Augusta, where Maine has its first real 2018 campaign with state Sen. Eric Brakey kicking off a steep underdog bid today to unseat independent U.S. Sen. Angus King. We reported the 28-year-old’s campaign launch last night, but there was more in the notebook from our Saturday interview with the Republican from Auburn. […]

King still undecided on Gorsuch, but says filibuster not ‘out of line’

Good morning from Augusta, where we’ll have a busy week as action in the Maine Legislature ramps up and be looking to Washington, D.C., where Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, is expected to get a Senate vote this week. The Mainer to watch is independent U.S. Sen. Angus King, who hasn’t […]

Maine ethics watchdog looking at links between offshore firm, casino campaign

Good morning from Augusta, where a remarkable hearing yesterday that illuminated an offshore firm’s influence on the 2017 ballot initiative for a new casino in York County prompted Maine’s ethics watchdog to reach out to the campaign bankrolling the bid about its finances. That scrutiny from the Maine Ethics Commission came on a bad day […]

LePage: Republicans who bucked Trump on health care should ‘go home’

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is lining up with President Donald Trump and against many congressional Republicans after intra-party squabbling made leaders pull a proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Friday. The Republican governor was against the bill at its rollout early this month, but he went public […]

LePage will take his fight against North Woods monument to DC

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is planning another trip to Washington, D.C. This time, it’s about the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The Republican governor told WGAN on Thursday he’s going in April or May to testify before a congressional committee that former President Barack Obama “overstepped” the U.S. Antiquities Act […]

We still don’t know how Poliquin will vote on GOP health bill

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage and legislative Republicans have pushed for changes now melded into their party’s national health care bill. U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin pushed for others at a White House meeting on Tuesday. But with a vote expected in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday and top Republicans ruling […]