Tag Archives: Diane Russell

LePage offers Stephen King a deal: ‘Make me the villain of your next book’

Governor Paul LePage strides from the House of Representatives in Augusta in early December after swearing in its members. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

Good morning from Augusta, legislative committees are continuing to plow through the thousands of bills on docket this session. Normally we outline some bills to watch, but we’ve got so much stuff for you in the Daily Brief today that I’m going to leave you to your own devices with a link to the public […]

Maine lawmaker stars in Washington Post column penned by publisher of The Nation

Democratic Rep. Diane Russell of Portland showed up in the Washington Post this morning as the primary subject of a column by journalism titan Katrina vanden Heuvel. Russell, who is serving her fourth term in the House of Representatives, has carved out her own niche as a lawmaker who is willing to buck the will of party […]

Daily Brief: Lawmakers to unveil bill that outlaws ‘revenge porn’ in Maine

Good morning from the state capital, where there’s another lengthy schedule of lawmaking on tap.  The Appropriations Committee continues to slog through budget bills related to the attorney general’s office and the Department of Health and Human Services. The committee is expected to take a series of votes today on supplemental spending for the current year, though […]

Daily Brief: Can libertarians, progressives join forces at State House?

Human trafficking will return to the fore today in Augusta, as Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, and Gov. Paul LePage hold a media event at that State House Hall of Flags to proclaim the week of Jan. 25 as Human Trafficking Awareness Week  As a member in the House last year, Volk was thrust into the spotlight after Democratic […]

43 lawmakers tell state budget-writers: Don’t write off pot as fix for budget shortfall

Reuters photo by Jason Redmond.

Munjoy Hill representative and legalized-weed warrior Diane Russell, D-Portland, delivered a memo signed by 37 lawmakers to the Legislature’s budget-writing committee on Friday, urging appropriators to consider potential revenue from legalized marijuana as part of the fix for the $170 million shortfall in the current budget cycle.

Russell takes issue with Fredette comparing women’s suffrage to murderers’

Minor fireworks in the aftermath of debate in the House of Representatives today on whether to establish true early voting in Maine. Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, is taking umbrage with House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, for comments he made during the debate that Russell said needlessly lumped women in with convicted murderers. Fredette’s comments […]

Setting it straight: Troy Jackson and the attempt to sell the Blaine House

Last week, Gov. Paul LePage held a meeting with several State House reporters (I was one of them) during which he talked about his plans for welfare reform and the problems plaguing several programs and facilities of the Department of Health and Human Services. The governor gave out a lot of information about his policy […]

Half of Portland House delegates support pot legalization

Four of Portland’s eight delegates to the state House of Representatives will announce their support for the Nov. 5 referendum to decriminalize possession of marijuana by adults in that city. A “yes” vote on Question 1 in Portland would legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 years of age and older. Democratic Reps. […]

Feds’ acceptance of legal pot laws too little, too late for Maine

Portland Rep. Diane Russell was literally throwing up her hands Thursday at the news that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told governors in Washington and Colorado that the Department of Justice will allow them to become the first two states to allow recreational use of marijuana. Russell, a Democrat who tried and failed to […]