Republican Eric Brakey and Democrat Zak Ringelstein debated without the incumbent on Thursday, but they face an uphill challenge given the senator’s popularity and Maine’s history.
The governor wants the paralyzed Legislature to consider child welfare bills, tax conformity and a bill aimed at shielding elderly Mainers from municipal foreclosure.
This isn’t the first year that a political impasse in the Maine Legislature has caused sessions to drag into August.
It has been a quiet summer by LePage standards. That may change as we approach the 90-day mark before the election to replace him.
A legislative session that was set to end this week is in chaos, with spats over old and new bonds and a purported 11th-hour proposal from the governor to fund Medicaid expansion.
The new fight, made public on Wednesday, was an unexpected hurdle to the Legislature’s already fraught special session.
The Republicans have a gubernatorial nominee, ranked-choice voting is here to stay and a candidate with a suspended law license won a district attorney primary in western Maine.
Maine legislators got some work done on Wednesday, but they still have more to do and left the State House on a sour note.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree shouldn’t fret yet, but ranked-choice voting could give an independent a shot at knocking her off.
The Legislature’s budget-writing committee has set a time to go over unfinished work on Wednesday. What isn’t set is a deal.