Tag Archives: Chellie Pingree

Brunswick Republican files to challenge Pingree in 2016

A Republican has launched an uphill 2016 challenge against U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat from Maine’s 1st District. Mark Holbrook, a clinical professional counselor from Brunswick, filed paperwork to run with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday. He’s the first Republican to announce a run against Pingree, who cruised to an easy win against two […]

Voting irregularities mar Sanford legislative election

Republican Matthew Harrington’s victory in the special election for a Maine House of Representatives seat representing part of Sanford was confirmed in a Friday recount. However, it came with bipartisan criticism of problems at one polling place, including a Maine Republican Party accusation of voter fraud against a former Democratic state senator. That attack’s validity is […]

Pingree wants a vote on U.S. military aid in Syria

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree wants the House of Representatives to vote on authorizing military forces to fight in Syria, where a brutal civil war has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions. Pingree, a Democrat from Maine’s 1st District, and a bipartisan group of 34 others House members called for a vote after the announcement that the U.S. would […]

Maine moves to 48th (!) on Forbes business-friendly list

Good news, Maine! We’re No. 48! That’s on the Forbes magazine list of business-friendly states. Maine sat at 49th last year after taking 50th place — last among states, for you civic-minded people — from 2010 to 2013. It gives Maine the worst economic climate in the country, pegging the state’s growth prospects at 49th. Forbes does […]

Debates on weed, welfare and abortion to dominate State House today

Reuters photo by Jason Redmond.

Greetings from the state capitol, where today will be referred to as “weed day.” OK, maybe that’s a bit too flippant a way to put it, but two bills aimed at legalizing the recreational use of marijuana by adults are both scheduled for public hearings today in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. One […]

Term limits group compares Maine politicians to dirty diapers

Good morning from Augusta, where veto votes are flying between the chambers and the end seems to be in sight as committees slowly but surely report out their recommendations on remaining bills. Two high-profile bills are on their way to the House after approval yesterday in the Senate, though we won’t know whether they’ll be […]

Daily Brief: LePage bullish on winning public opinion for his budget

Gov. Paul LePage, R-Maine. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

Greetings from the state capital, where lawmakers are weighing whether to delay implementation of new teacher evaluations. Schools are supposed to being using new a teacher evaluation system in the 2015-2016 school year, which begins in July. Rep. Brian Hubbell, D-Bar Harbor, serves on the Education Committee and has proposed a bill, LD 38, 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: 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 […]

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. […]