When one party or the other doesn’t get what it wants in the Maine Legislature, rare procedural maneuvers reign.
It’s unclear whether the Legislature can undo the latest move in the inter-branch power struggle and Washington County’s top lawmaker is trying to defuse the conflict.
Republicans would like to keep stalling the voter-approved law, while Democrats want to fund it with no apparent plan. It’s a standoff not likely to be broken in 2018.
The Maine senator is proposing a slate of amendments to the Republican tax proposal whose fate may determine whether it gets her final vote.
Two new Republican candidates bode well for their party’s chances to retain two seats, but their battle to retain the Maine Senate in 2018 will still be difficult.