Tag Archives: Deborah Sanderson

LePage tells Legislature to vote for his budget or there will be a shutdown

Good morning from Augusta, where we think it’s safe to start your government shutdown clock — if you have one — after a Friday meeting between Gov. Paul LePage and the Legislature’s top Democrat that has only inflamed partisan tension at the State House. A Democratic account of that meeting was circulating around Facebook over […]

LePage defends bill to place violent Riverview patients in prison unit

Addressing concerns about his controversial proposal to place violent patients with mental illnesses in a special unit in the Maine State Prison, Gov. Paul LePage told a legislative committee that “if you’re concerned about the fence, put a new door in on the side of the building.” The Republican governor doesn’t often appear before committees, but […]

Collins, King vote against Senate bid to defund Planned Parenthood

The U.S. Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood in a symbolic effort Thursday, but Republicans didn’t get any help from Maine’s two senators. Sen. Susan Collins was one of two Republicans to vote against it, saying in a statement that she has “consistently opposed eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood” and doing so would mean “depriving millions of women of […]