Tag Archives: Eric Brakey

Senators applaud Collins effort to save filibuster but McCain calls it ‘meaningless’

Good morning from Augusta. Another similar week of heavy committee activity awaits, with the major difference being that finally, outside looks to be a more pleasant place than a committee room. Here’s your soundtrack. In Washington, D.C., the ripples are still spreading from last week’s momentous confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. […]

So, who is this young Republican who wants to unseat Angus King?

Good morning from Augusta, where Maine has its first real 2018 campaign with state Sen. Eric Brakey kicking off a steep underdog bid today to unseat independent U.S. Sen. Angus King. We reported the 28-year-old’s campaign launch last night, but there was more in the notebook from our Saturday interview with the Republican from Auburn. […]

Fighting drugs, freeing hedgehogs: Here are Maine lawmakers’ priorities for 2017

Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Legislature on Monday released the list of all 1,824 bills proposed by lawmakers in 2017. The New Year ritual sends many State House observers into their bunkers to parse it all. Here are the items of consequence — and non-consequence — that we found: The biggest issue: Maine’s opiate crisis, which drove a […]

Auburn legislator could be first GOP hopeful to challenge Angus King

Good morning from Augusta. A storm that will drop a foot of snow in some areas of Maine has delayed the opening of state offices until 10 a.m. and forced school cancellations from York to Aroostook counties. So, grab another cup of coffee and turn with us to the rumor mill on the 2018 election, where independent […]

What did Maine’s Cruz delegates think of Trump’s speech?

Good morning from my apartment in Gardiner, where I was up late watching Donald Trump accept the Republican presidential nomination. He said America is increasingly threatened by crime and terrorism and he’s the only one who can fix it. But the context-free picture he painted was far bleaker than reality. The New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press all have […]

Maine Senate blocks LePage bid to move violent Riverview patients to prison

The Maine Senate likely doomed Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to house violent psychiatric patients at the Maine State Prison after opposing it by just one vote on Wednesday. The Republican governor’s proposal drew heat from advocates as a violation of patients’ civil rights after it was announced in February, but it’s a response to issues at Riverview Psychiatric Center, […]

Maine Legislature advances two anti-drug measures with third in limbo

The Maine Legislature looked poised on Thursday to pass measures allowing over-the-counter access to an overdose antidote and increasing penalties for drug traffickers, but another bill increasing possession penalties is in limbo. All face further votes and they were part of a 2016 legislative agenda around Maine’s opiate crisis. Last year, Maine set a record for overdose deaths with […]

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 […]

Who will Maine’s Rand Paul supporters turn to in 2016?

Rand Paul’s Wednesday announcement that he’s leaving the 2016 presidential race means that Maine Republicans lost the candidate who paid them the most attention during the past year. The Kentucky senator spoke at the 2014 state party convention with a hopeful message of broadening the party to better attract independents. That was before he was an […]

Will Maine legislators’ spirit of compromise extend to drug bill?

Good morning from Augusta, where the first day of the 2016 legislative session was marked by some semblance of harmony. An effort from a group of legislators to impeach Gov. Paul LePage was delayed as Democratic leaders said they want to focus on more important business and legislative leaders in all chambers agreed to reauthorize […]