Tag Archives: Diane Russell

Portland legislator’s fundraising haul ‘among’ the highest ever for Maine primary

A Democratic Portland legislator raised an eye-popping $89,000 for her June primary for a Maine Senate seat, a haul that state election officials called among the biggest ever at this point in a race. Rep. Diane Russell’s filing was the highlight of a batch of disclosures due to the Maine Ethics Commission on Friday, covering legislative campaign activities […]

Maine panel ends ethics probe on Portland lawmaker, but illuminates legal loophole

Good morning from Augusta, where a Portland lawmaker running for a Maine Senate seat in the city declared victory after a state ethics panel vote on Wednesday. But it wasn’t such a slam dunk and his case illuminated what advocates called a loophole in state election law. It revolves around Rep. Ben Chipman, a Democrat running in a Senate primary […]

Will Maine superdelegate change boost Sanders’ ‘political revolution’?

Good morning from Portland, where Maine Democrats handed 17 of 25 pledged delegates to the party’s presidential underdog, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But the convention will be remembered more for a rule change that Sanders hailed in a Sunday statement, calling it “the kind of grassroots democracy that will help the Democratic Party grow and win elections.” […]

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 […]

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

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

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.