Category Archives: U.S. Congress

King: Susan Collins’ party-bucking Obamacare vote took ‘courage’

Maine’s junior senator told reporters on Friday that he has never seen a greater act of political “courage and commitment” than U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ party-bucking vote against a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The comments from independent U.S. Sen. Angus King came just hours after Collins was one of three Republicans who […]

What do Mainers think of Trump now? Probably what they did on Election Day

A new Gallup poll puts Maine at the middle of the pack among states when it comes to supporting President Donald Trump, which shouldn’t surprise many in our centrist state and doesn’t give us many clues about how our 2018 midterm election will go. The Republican is historically unpopular at just over six months into his […]

LePage orders review of forestry tax break he wants to tighten

Gov. Paul LePage issued an executive order on Monday scrutinizing a tax break aimed at preserving commercial woodlots, telling his forestry bureau to reach out to local assessors who administer it and submit a report to his office by December. The Republican governor wants to tighten the Maine Tree Growth Tax program, which preserves commercial woodlots by giving […]

On hot mic, Collins calls duel-invoking congressman ‘huge’ and ‘unattractive’

A hot microphone caught U.S. Sen. Susan Collins telling a colleague on Tuesday that the Texas congressman who invoked a duel when discussing her health care stance is “huge” and “unattractive.” Collins later apologized for her candid response to U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican who told a radio host on Monday that “female senators from […]

Democrats might have found the Mainer they want to challenge Poliquin

The 2018 race for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District got more interesting last week, when Assistant Maine House Majority Leader Jared Golden, D-Lewiston, said he’s thinking of running against U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in 2018. Democrats made a recruiting push for the seat last month. Golden’s name showed up Thursday in Roll Call as one of […]

What the Maine Legislature has left to do in a dysfunctional session

Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Legislature was back on Thursday for what we thought was possibly their last day, but leaders quickly decided that the session that led to the first state government shutdown since 1991 will keep on giving into August. That protracted budget fight set the Legislature’s other business back significantly, […]

Maine Legislature returns to decide on $200M bond package, vetoed bills

The halls of the State House are brimming again with the Legislature back in town for one of its final sessions of 2017. Those hallowed halls have been relatively quiet since the bruising state budget battle ended early July 4. Today’s session will focus mostly on procedural matters, though some of the items on the […]

Senate Democratic leader lashes out at Janet Mills over drug bill

Good morning from Augusta, where Maine’s leading progressive legislator lambasted Attorney General Janet Mills on Friday for behind-the-scenes work against his prescription drug bill — just days after she declared her run for governor. That bill from Senate Minority Leader Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, was carried over to next year after the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee decided […]

LePage rips Janet Mills a day after she confirms she hopes to succeed him

Gov. Paul LePage’s verbal assault on Attorney General Janet Mills continued Tuesday on the heels of Mills announcing that she seek the Democratic nomination to replace LePage as Maine’s next governor. LePage’s comments Tuesday morning during a radio interview on WVOM were nothing new but illustrated, again, how he has been loaded up against Mills […]

LePage hints at 2018 power play as Gideon labels him ‘less relevant’

Good morning from Augusta, where the two-year budget may be signed, but Gov. Paul LePage and the Legislature’s top Democrat have already teased their tacks for the next standoff, likely to happen sometime next year. The budget agreement reached by the Republican governor and House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, will likely require a supplemental budget […]