Tag Archives: Bruce Poliquin

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 […]

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 […]

Democrats reveal details of LePage’s $38 million tax plan

Two Democratic representatives who say they’re tired of Gov. Paul LePage’s administration concealing from the public how he wants to pay for a $38 million tax conformity bill revealed Thursday to the Bangor Daily News what they say he has proposed. The Republican governor’s administration declined to answer questions from the BDN on Thursday about the proposal […]

Bruce Poliquin’s fundraising doubles his two Democratic opponents’ combined

Good morning from Augusta, folks. Let’s put on some relaxing music from one of my favorite bands before we get started. If you like that song, check out this one. Now that we’re all grooving, on to business. Today the Legislature will do some of its most important work when the Judiciary Committee considers three […]

Cain outraises Baldacci in 2nd District race by nearly five times in 2015

Democrat Emily Cain has raised nearly five times more than Joe Baldacci in their 2016 primary for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, but they’ll both lag far behind Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin. Cain, a former state senator from Orono who lost to Poliquin in 2014, said in a Tuesday news release that she raised $787,000 in 2015, well ahead […]

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 […]

Will Maine legislators’ spirit of compromise extend to drug bill?

Good morning from Augusta, where the first day of the 2016 legislative session was marked by some semblance of harmony. An effort from a group of legislators to impeach Gov. Paul LePage was delayed as Democratic leaders said they want to focus on more important business and legislative leaders in all chambers agreed to reauthorize […]

Maine legislators target settlement money to help fund anti-drug plan

A $4.8 million proposal from legislative leaders aimed at fighting Maine’s drug crisis would mostly be funded by drawing from a pool of Wall Street settlement money. That proposal, which would allow for 10 new drug agents and expand addiction treatment and education efforts, was rolled out earlier this month by a bipartisan group of legislative leaders, but funding […]

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 […]

LePage: ‘I’m appalled’ by parenting of Virginia transgender teen

Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday that he’s “appalled at the lack of parenting” a transgender boy from Virginia has received in the run-up to a lawsuit against a school district’s bathroom-use policy. It was the first time that the Republican governor has spoken about the American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit on behalf of Gavin Grimm, a high school student who […]