Tag Archives: Eric Brakey

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 […]

Medicaid expansion on Maine Legislature’s docket for 2016

Two Republican state senators will again push for Medicaid expansion in the 2016 legislative session, couching it as a way to fight drug addiction in Maine, according to the Portland Press Herald. It’s moving forward under a bill sponsored by Sen. Tom Saviello of Wilton that will be carried over from this year. It’s also backed by Sen. Roger […]

Daily Brief: Bills to restrict cellphone use while driving due for votes today

Good morning from the State House, where the busiest room in Augusta this week was probably the Appropriations Committee room. Hundreds of people have come and gone as lawmakers have taken testimony on the portions of Gov. Paul LePage’s biennial budget proposals in the Department of Health and Human Services. Dozens and dozens have testified for the […]