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Solar contractor: LePage, Fredette ‘disingenuous as s–t’ on industry bill

It’s a quiet morning in Augusta after the Maine Legislature wrapped up work last week by overriding 20 of Gov. Paul LePage’s 33 session-ending vetoes. But with help from House Republicans, the governor’s veto pen won one key battle, killing a solar reform bill that was heavily lobbied by the industry and environmental groups. They’re not happy: In a Facebook post, Vaughan Woodruff, […]

Will LePage’s drug antidote and solar bill vetoes stand?

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers will return on Friday to handle a parade of vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage. It’ll be a long day at the State House, with 33 vetoes up for consideration in the House of Representatives and Senate. We had a full rundown on them yesterday, but the highest-profile bills at stake […]

LePage proposes Tree Growth tightening that would have barred Poliquin

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage has submitted yet another late bill to the Legislature, this time in a bid to increase the amount of wood cut in southern Maine. The timing could sink the bill, as it’s three weeks from the end of the 2016 legislative session, leaving lawmakers little time to consider it. […]

Can Maine GOP keep special election winning streak alive?

Good morning from Augusta. The Legislature has plenty to do here, with 280 bills left to act on and just three weeks left in the scheduled session. But on Tuesday, many will have their attention on York County, where a special election will decide who will be the 35th member of the Maine Senate representing Biddeford, Kennebunkport, […]

Maine delegation to VA: Extend rural care program

Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Legislature is racing to finish work, with full calendars in the House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday. But we’ll start with far-reaching veterans issues. On Wednesday, U.S. Reps. Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree introduced a bill to extend a program allowing rural veterans to get health care close to home that […]

Pingree hails defeat of anti-GMO labeling bill as ‘win for consumers’

Good morning from Augusta, where we only get one chance a year to use this picture, and use it we will. That’s from just before St. Patrick’s Day in 2013, when Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill allowing bars to open at 6 a.m. on Sunday if the holiday falls then. (So you don’t have […]

A typical and atypical day in the life of LePage

Good morning from Augusta, where nothing should surprise us anymore. But yesterday, Gov. Paul LePage surprised me in two acts and for different reasons. In one conversation with reporters, the Republican said he’d pick a legal fight with the Kennebec County Democratic Committee — later announcing the appointment of Ken Mason as interim sheriff over the committee’s […]

LePage: Asylum seekers ‘the biggest problem in our state’

Good morning from Augusta, where Tuesday began with a recognition day for Boy Scouts and ended with a Gov. Paul LePage town hall meeting in Freeport. It was reasonably hostile territory for the Republican, who gave his normal stump speech on energy, economic, welfare and drug issues. But there were a couple of highlights. At one point, […]

Upheaval after Scalia’s death poses dilemma for Collins

Good morning from a sleepy Augusta, where state offices are closed for Presidents Day. But American politics were upended with the Saturday death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, said he’ll nominate a successor to the conservative judge, but Republican leaders and presidential candidates have said the replacement should be picked by the […]

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 […]