Tag Archives: Angus King

Eves’ attorney: LePage lawsuit immunity claims ‘astonishingly broad’

Good morning from Augusta, where there’s new fallout from House Speaker Mark Eves’ lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage. As you probably know, the Democrat from North Berwick sued the governor last year over the Republican’s role in forcing Good Will-Hinckley to rescind an employment contract with Eves in 2015. LePage threatened to withhold $530,000 in state funding unless the […]

Maine’s congressional delegation demands VA program fix

Good morning from Augusta, which should be reasonably quiet today, with three legislative committees set to do work today. This week, the Maine Legislature’s biggest topic of discussion will likely be conformity with federal income tax changes, an issue that has consisted mostly of partisan posturing so far between Gov. Paul LePage and Democrats. Two […]

King to CVS: Make overdose-reversing drug available without prescription

Good morning from a snowy Augusta, which should be sleepy on Friday with just one legislative committee doing work. Here’s the Maine Emergency Management Agency’s guide to not falling on snow or ice. Gov. Paul LePage has livened up quiet news days before, and we’re waiting for his State of the State address to be delivered (on paper) to […]

Ted Cruz to get dozens of Maine endorsements on Thursday

Good morning from Augusta, where a large group of Republican legislators and activists is set to endorse presidential hopeful Ted Cruz on Thursday. Between 40 and 50 legislators will hold a noon news conference at the State House to announce support for the Texas senator, who won the Iowa caucuses on Monday, finishing ahead of runner-up Donald […]

Is the Maine Legislature’s bipartisan bond deal breaking down?

The Maine Legislature’s 2016 session started last week with leaders heralding a compromise to revive $6.5 million in expired conservation bonds. But that deal may be breaking down and the House of Representatives may have its first floor kerfuffle of the year on Tuesday. Last week, House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, said they struck […]

LePage’s ‘white girl’ remarks are a national sensation. They almost weren’t a story

Well, Gov. Paul LePage is again an overnight national sensation, and how his racial remarks became a story and gave rise to a wave of responses is a story in itself. Let me recap: At a Wednesday town hall meeting in Bridgton, the Republican said that drug dealers from Connecticut and New York named “D-Money,” “Smoothie,” and […]

Pingree, Poliquin introduce bill to roll back regulations on urchin industry

A bill that would make it easier to export American sea urchins was introduced by Maine’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday. The problem, according to U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin, is that federal officials recently began requiring inspections of urchins entering and leaving the country. So, urchins are inspected when they’re brought from Canada to […]

Collins, King vote against Senate bid to defund Planned Parenthood

The U.S. Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood in a symbolic effort Thursday, but Republicans didn’t get any help from Maine’s two senators. Sen. Susan Collins was one of two Republicans to vote against it, saying in a statement that she has “consistently opposed eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood” and doing so would mean “depriving millions of women of […]

EPA chief to discuss clean water rule in Maine today

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will be at Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook today for a discussion with farmers about a proposed water rule that’s drawing criticism from farming interests. McCarthy is coming to Maine at the invitation of U.S. Sen. Angus King, an independent who has supported the rule, which would expand the […]

King wants national drug mail-back program modeled after Maine effort

U.S. Sen. Angus King rolled out a proposal for a national mail-back program for unused prescription drugs at a roundtable event in Portland on Tuesday. The independent said he’ll be introducing a bill establishing a plan based on a first-of-its-kind Maine program established in 2007 that has allowed people to mail unused prescription drugs to the Maine […]