Tag Archives: Emily Cain

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 […]

Poliquin takes flak for switching to vote against LGBT-rights provision

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District was part of a chaotic episode in the House on Thursday, when Democrats fingered him as one of seven Republicans to flip their votes against a provision aiming to prevent LGBT discrimination. The amendment, which would have prevented contractors from getting federal work if they discriminate against lesbian, gay, […]

Poliquin, Cain divide on North Woods park could be key to 2016 race

Good morning from Gardiner, a southern enclave of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, where a national monument proposal in the North Woods region is emerging as a key wedge issue in a nationally targeted 2016 House race. The proposal from the family of entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby drew packed forums on Monday in East Millinocket and Orono with […]

Poliquin dodges Trump questions after audiotape leak

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin avoided questions from Roll Call on Friday about whether he’ll support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. It came after Bangor Daily News blogger Mike Tipping published a leaked audiotape of the Republican from Maine’s 2nd District telling conservatives in Portland that the divisive billionaire “will win” the presidency and turn to House Republicans to craft policy. […]

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 proposes Tree Growth tightening that would have barred Poliquin

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage has submitted yet another late bill to the Legislature, this time in a bid to increase the amount of wood cut in southern Maine. The timing could sink the bill, as it’s three weeks from the end of the 2016 legislative session, leaving lawmakers little time to consider it. […]

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 […]

Poliquin’s ‘uncomfortable pause’ on Donald Trump

Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Legislature’s calendar makes Friday look downright sleepy. But those are famous last words for a State House reporter. There are just three work sessions set for the Health and Human Services Committee, but they’re on reasonably important bills, including dueling and controversial proposals from Gov. Paul LePage and […]

How LePage and Collins — in different ways — are helping mainstream Trump

Good morning from Portland, where I figured I’d write something today on what Gov. Paul LePage’s Friday endorsement of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump really means. But it doesn’t mean all that much by itself, honestly: The governor’s a bombastic guy with a business background who uses the word “politician” as a slur against his perceived enemies and so is Trump. […]