Maine’s already twisted path to legalized pot just got hazier

Good morning from Augusta, where the news doesn’t stop for a snowstorm. Though the State House was snowbound, national events churned Maine’s political waters. Namely, President Donald Trump’s attorney general did what he has been threatening to do for months: End an Obama-era stance of tolerance for recreational marijuana, sort of. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, […]

Maine lawmakers are back and itching to fight about Medicaid expansion

Republicans would like to keep stalling the voter-approved law, while Democrats want to fund it with no apparent plan. It’s a standoff not likely to be broken in 2018.

The first big State House fight of 2018 could pit politicians against petitioners

Activists are up in arms over a bill that would bar petitioners from polling places and a massive crowd is expected at a hearing on the Legislature’s first day of 2018 tomorrow.

LePage moves to extend endangered jobs program but will Democrats back it?

Good morning from Augusta, where controversy around a tense issue for the Legislature in 2018 might have been diffused, or at least put off for five years. The Pine Tree Development Zone program will end in 2018 unless it is extended or altered. The program was implemented in 2003 under Democratic Gov. John Baldacci to […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like … campaign season

Good morning from Augusta, where there’s not much going on this week but Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s office is poised and ready to kick the 2018 election season into gear. Tomorrow. Most state offices, including Dunlap’s, remain closed today. We were going to check on when Boxing Day became a state holiday. But state […]

Latest call to rein in how Maine PAC money can be spent fizzles

A Democratic state senator’s bill to bar legislators from using political action committees for personal gain stalled amid a dispute with Senate President Mike Thibodeau, who wanted to investigate the use of public campaign money.

There’s a tax deal in Congress and Collins thinks her amendments are in

Collins hasn’t seen a final bill, but a spokeswoman says she’s confident that her amendments are in the package with possible improvements. But she’s facing protests at home and in Washington.