Tag Archives: Angus King

Daily Brief: Veterans returning to State House one day after National Guard chief’s firing

Good morning. Do you feel like you’re adequately represented in the Legislature? How far do you live from your state senator? If you live in one of the rural parts of the state, chances are your senator lives miles away but if you live in a city, she’s probably within a few miles. That’s because […]

Daily Brief: Murderous Frank Underwood more popular than Obama

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Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is hoping to gain support for his budget proposals related to fighting the rampant substance abuse that plagues many Maine communities. The governor has asked reporters and TV crews to meet with him in the Cabinet room to stump for the plan, which includes funding to invigorate […]

Daily Brief: LePage isn’t the first Maine governor to oppose methadone

Good morning. It’ll be a somber day in the Hall of Flags today when cancer patients, survivors and their families gather to advocate against the ghastly disease.  Specifically, the American Cancer Society will use its annual lobbying day to ask lawmakers to support legislation improving palliative care, oppose cuts proposed by Gov. Paul LePage to […]

Open Internet advocates King, Pingree hail FCC decision on net neutrality

U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, on Thursday hailed the Federal Communications Commission’s 3-2 decision to classify broadband Internet service as a public utility. The FCC is trying to close the debate between two competing visions for what Internet access should look like. On one side, net neutrality advocates say broadband service should be treated like all […]

Daily Brief: Democrats counter Republican county jail fix plan; RIP David Carr

Good morning from Augusta, where many lawmakers have departed for a week-long break. As is usually the case, especially where there are major budget bills on the table, there will be no rest for the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, which has a dense schedule of work sessions and public hearings today and through next […]

Daily Brief: Maine to benefit from $1.4 billion housing crisis settlement

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Good morning from Augusta, where Attorney General Janet Mills is scheduled to release details about how Maine will benefit from a $1.4 billion settlement between the credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s and the federal government and several states. According to a news advisory, Mills will hold a press conference at the steps of the Kennebec County […]

Maine’s entire delegation to Congress has policy to protect LGBT staffers

Maine's U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, a Republican, and Angus King, an independent. BDN file photo by Gabor Degre.

Members of Congress can still fire staffers for being gay or trans. That’s because there’s no federal law protecting LGBT people from workplace discrimination, as pointed out by the Huffington Post, which on Friday posted a running list of which Senators and Representatives have established their own internal policies to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. […]

Daily Brief: LePage declares emergency, shuts down state offices

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Expecting an onslaught of snow and wind, Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday announced that he had declared a state of emergency, shutting down all state offices and urging Mainers to stay off the roads.  “Travel conditions will be life-threatening, and widespread power outages are probable,” LePage wrote in the emergency proclamation. Much of the state is braced for a snowstorm […]

Daily Brief: Democrats mark death of longtime lawmaker, Angus goes abroad

Good morning from Waterville, where Gov. Paul LePage will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at a breakfast with the Waterville Rotary Club and Spectrum Generations, a community and service organization for senior and disabled citizens.  State offices are closed today for the holiday, and many officials will be attending MLK events in their own districts. […]