Tag Archives: Justin Alfond

Here they come: New Legislature to return to Augusta, plus 7 stories you might’ve missed

The swearing in of the new Legislature on Wednesday marks the beginning of what are sure to be two years of partisan squabbles led by Gov. Paul LePage and Republicans emboldened by major gains they made on Election Day. However, Wednesday’s ceremonies, which are usually celebratory in nature, will be overcast by the specter of a […]

Sierra Club Maine endorses Cain; Alfond pays ethics fine; somber Senate tribute to McGowan

Democratic Sen. Emily Cain of Orono, who is her party’s nominee for the open 2nd Congressional District seat, picked up the endorsement of the Sierra Club’s Maine chapter Wednesday. Melissa Walsh Innes, the organization’s political team chair, said Cain earned the endorsement because of her stances on several controversial environmental issues in Maine and beyond. […]

Justin Alfond expands his support to both Democrats in state Senate primary election

Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland, who earlier this week voiced support for Democrat Steve Woods in the race for the Senate District 25 seat being vacated by independent Sen. Richard Woodbury, said Thursday following the entrance into the race of another Democrat that he is neutral. Former U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidate Steve Woods of […]

Three years of EBT transactions made available online

Ever wanted to see every TANF transaction that took place via Maine EBT card over nearly three years? Me neither, but now we can. Gov. Paul LePage released the data (available in Excel format at the link above) on Thursday. The same data was requested in February 2013 by the conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center, […]

Second-session bill screening, by the numbers

Wednesday was a good day to be a Democrat, especially one in leadership. Over nearly four hours, the Legislative Council — made of top lawmakers from both parties, six Democrats and four Republicans — made preliminary decisions on which bills would be taken up during the second session of the Legislature, which starts in January. […]

Lawmakers return to Augusta for one day of work

Lawmakers return to Augusta today for what could be an anticlimactic finish to months of controversy around state borrowing. On the docket are a total of six bills, including five bond proposals and a measure designed to fix a troubling situation at the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta. Senate President Justin Alfond and other Democratic […]