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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers have returned after the three-day weekend. This week, members of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee begin their deeper look at Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.3 billion two-year budget. While we’ve heard the broad strokes of the governor’s plan, senior LePage administration officials this week will brief the committee about the specific funding and budget […]
While Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.3 billion budget plan and its proposal to drastically change Maine’s tax structure will undoubtedly continue to drive the conversations in Augusta this week, the resignation of Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson, D-Rockland, will also command at least some attention.
More polling data released Tuesday indicates that Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and 1st Congressional District Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree — who are both incumbents — are headed for overwhelming victories next month, though the outcome of the race for Maine’s open 2nd Congressional District seat is far less certain. Data released Tuesday by the Portland-based […]
With less than a month until Election Day, candidates are beginning to take the stage for debates, which begin this week with the 1st Congressional District debate scheduled for tonight. The debate, hosted by the BDN and Portland’s CBS 13, begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be live streamed here at bangordailynews.com. All three candidates — […]
Republican Governors Association’ chairman and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will return to Maine in August for another party fundraiser and campaign stop with Republican Gov. Paul LePage.