Marijuana, ranked-choice voting to be mulled by Maine lawmakers in special session

The top Republican in the Maine Legislature said Friday that he expects lawmakers to address marijuana legalization and ranked-choice voting in a special session demanded by Gov. Paul LePage that will likely be set for October’s end. The Republican governor notified the Legislature this week that he’d call them back after the federal government deemed a […]

What a federal takeover of Maine’s meat and poultry inspection program would look like

Maine, its farms and food producers could face an onslaught of federal inspectors unless the Legislature agrees to significant amendments to its first-in-the-country food sovereignty bill, which goes into effect Nov. 1. On Wednesday, the Bangor Daily News reported that Gov. Paul LePage has told legislative leaders that he will call an emergency session of […]

LePage’s ‘right to work’ contract gambit clears state union votes

Two of the state’s largest public sector labor unions have agreed to eliminate the requirement that all employees pay union fees whether or not they are members. David Heidrich, a spokesman for the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, said Thursday morning that both the Maine State Employees Association, which represents more than 9,000 executive […]

It’s crunch time for LePage’s bid to insert ‘right-to-work’ language into state union contracts

Whether or not Gov. Paul LePage’s labor contract negotiators were able to convince two of the state’s unions to abandon the requirement that employees pay agency fees will likely be decided today. More than 9,000 executive branch employees represented by the Maine State Employees Association, state government’s largest union, have until 5 p.m. today to […]

Canadian senator calls LePage a ‘conduit’ to Trump in NAFTA talks

Good morning from Augusta, where New England’s governors and eastern Canadian premiers are set to meet today in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, at a sensitive time for the endangered North American Free Trade Agreement. Officials in the Canadian government — and particularly in New Brunswick — see Gov. Paul LePage as a key intermediary between […]

Poliquin may have to go through a Marine veteran to keep his seat

National Democrats may have their man in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District: Assistant Maine House Majority Leader Jared Golden of Lewiston said he’ll announce his run against U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin at a news conference today in his home city. Golden, a 35-year-old Marine veteran, is in just his second legislative term and has a climb […]

LePage said 7,600 Mainers fought for the Confederacy. It was maybe 30.

Calling himself “a history buff,” Gov. Paul LePage revised Civil War history as we know it in a Tuesday radio interview when discussing the racially charged violence in Virginia and saying “7,600 Mainers fought for the Confederacy.” There is just a kernel of truth: Maine State Archivist David Cheever said that approximately 30 people are confirmed to have gone from Maine […]

Maine Republicans: Strike ‘insurance’ from Medicaid expansion question

Several Maine Republicans said Tuesday that the Medicaid expansion question on the November ballot shouldn’t contain the word “insurance,” a concern that was quickly dismissed by a top Question 2 proponent. The group, led by former Maine Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett, sent a letter to Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap on Tuesday listing the use of “insurance” […]

Republicans send reinforcements for LePage’s campaign against Medicaid expansion

Good morning from Augusta, where a group of Republicans is expected to express concern about the wording of Maine’s 2017 Medicaid expansion referendum on Tuesday, showing that it’s not going to go unanswered in the public domain. Former Maine Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett, Rep. Heather Sirocki, R-Scarborough, and other elected officials will be headlining […]

Collins: ‘Too difficult to say’ if Trump will be GOP nominee in 2020

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins told MSNBC on Monday that “it’s too difficult to say” whether President Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee when he runs for re-election in 2020. Even if it was just a simple way for the moderate Republican to parry a question she can’t know the answer to, it comes as Trump is struggling with approval […]