Tag Archives: Chellie Pingree

Solar contractor: LePage, Fredette ‘disingenuous as s–t’ on industry bill

It’s a quiet morning in Augusta after the Maine Legislature wrapped up work last week by overriding 20 of Gov. Paul LePage’s 33 session-ending vetoes. But with help from House Republicans, the governor’s veto pen won one key battle, killing a solar reform bill that was heavily lobbied by the industry and environmental groups. They’re not happy: In a Facebook post, Vaughan Woodruff, […]

Will LePage’s drug antidote and solar bill vetoes stand?

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers will return on Friday to handle a parade of vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage. It’ll be a long day at the State House, with 33 vetoes up for consideration in the House of Representatives and Senate. We had a full rundown on them yesterday, but the highest-profile bills at stake […]

Maine Democrats to consider superdelegate changes at state convention

Good morning from Augusta, where Democrats rejected a last-minute budget maneuver from Gov. Paul LePage and House Republicans that had the State House halls buzzing on Thursday. The proposal wasn’t released by Republicans, but Democrats said it funded $18 million worth of bills — pay raises for law enforcement and direct care workers and jail funding — by […]

Can Maine GOP keep special election winning streak alive?

Good morning from Augusta. The Legislature has plenty to do here, with 280 bills left to act on and just three weeks left in the scheduled session. But on Tuesday, many will have their attention on York County, where a special election will decide who will be the 35th member of the Maine Senate representing Biddeford, Kennebunkport, […]

Maine Legislature to review LePage rule changes on mental health services

Good morning from Augusta, where the end of the legislative session is in sight. There are no committee meetings on Friday, but starting Monday, the full Senate and House of Representatives will convene through Friday for the first time this year. That’s all in hope of adjourning by April 20, but there’s lot of important […]

Maine delegation to VA: Extend rural care program

Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Legislature is racing to finish work, with full calendars in the House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday. But we’ll start with far-reaching veterans issues. On Wednesday, U.S. Reps. Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree introduced a bill to extend a program allowing rural veterans to get health care close to home that […]

LePage wants to tax land held for conservation

Good morning from Augusta, where a new bill from Gov. Paul LePage is sure to rankle conservation forces. The Republican governor’s bill, which is set to be introduced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, would remove the property tax exemption for land held for conservation or public access by 2017. With less than a month to go […]

Pingree hails defeat of anti-GMO labeling bill as ‘win for consumers’

Good morning from Augusta, where we only get one chance a year to use this picture, and use it we will. That’s from just before St. Patrick’s Day in 2013, when Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill allowing bars to open at 6 a.m. on Sunday if the holiday falls then. (So you don’t have […]

Big Sanders win in Maine does not flip state’s Clinton superdelegates

Amid all the hustle over the weekend associated with the Republican and Democratic caucuses, the only result that matters is how many delegates Maine sends to the national conventions in July. On the Republican side, Ted Cruz can expect 12 Maine delegates, followed by Donald Trump with nine and John Kasich with two. Those totals […]

Maine Clean Election battle could heat up this week

Good morning from Augusta, where an already contentious election-year legislative session may get more complicated with wrangling over funding the campaign finance referendum that passed in November. You’ll likely recall that Question 1 contained a host of election reforms. They included new disclosure requirements and increased penalties for violations. But the most important and controversial change was that it […]