Tag Archives: Bruce Poliquin

GOP operative convicted of illegal political coordination has Poliquin connection

Tyler Harber, a 34-year-old GOP campaign operative in the D.C. area who coordinated $325,000 in spending between a super PAC and a Virginia congressional campaign in 2012, became the first person ever convicted of illegal campaign-finance coordination when he pleaded guilty on Feb. 12. That’s a milestone in campaign finance law, for sure, but it’s worth noting Harber’s […]

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: Bruce Poliquin loses Republican Liberty Caucus endorsement

Happy Friday from Augusta, where the State House is looking to be a quiet place for the day. Lawmakers on legislative committees filled the schedule on Thursday and for the most part have gone home for the weekend. The House and Senate don’t reconvene until Tuesday.  More attention will likely be spent today on the […]

Poliquin hails arrival of GOP alternative to Obamacare, but stops short of support

Two days ago, freshman Congressman Bruce Poliquin caused a national whiplash in his direction when he was one of only three House Republicans who didn’t vote in favor of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (that’s Obamacare, for anyone who hasn’t been paying attention). According to Maine-based health care policy consultant and ACA supporter […]

Poliquin votes against repeal of Obamacare, one of only 3 Republicans

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine. BDN file photo by Gabor Degre.

Bruce Poliquin, Maine’s freshman Republican congressman, bucked party consensus Tuesday with a vote against the repeal of Obamacare. The bill passed in the House 239-186. As he has always done, Obama has pledged a veto if the bill manages to pass the Senate — something none of the dozens of previous House-approved attempts to defund, stall or repeal the health care […]

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: Lawmakers give friendly reception to LePage nominees and booking your campsite now

Good morning from Augusta, where the snow is once again falling. It was bound to be a quiet day at the State House anyway, with the Legislature and all of its committees off until next week when the pace of lawmaking will quicken noticeably.  There’s no word yet (as of about 8 a.m. Friday) on whether […]