On Thursday, the Bangor Daily News published a column co-authored by Gov. Paul LePage, Senate President Mike Thibodeau and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette which had some people wondering whether the rift between LePage and the Legislature, which reached epic proportions earlier this year, has begun to narrow. Not so, said Thibodeau. While the three […]
Good morning from the state capital, where there’s another lengthy schedule of lawmaking on tap. The Appropriations Committee continues to slog through budget bills related to the attorney general’s office and the Department of Health and Human Services. The committee is expected to take a series of votes today on supplemental spending for the current year, though […]
Good morning from Augusta where lawmakers … are elsewhere, actually. Many of them are back at home, as session doesn’t open again until Tuesday. But some — one busload, actually — are embarking on a tour, criss-crossing the state to get a view of businesses, health care facilities, schools, energy projects and other activity outside the […]
The Maine Republican Party will hold a candidate rally Friday in Bangor featuring most, if not all, of the party’s top-of-the-ticket candidates in the November general election. As reported by the BDN on Wednesday, the party announced Thursday that Gov. Paul LePage, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, 2nd Congressional District candidate Bruce Poliquin, 1st Congressional District candidate Isaac […]
For the first time in almost a decade, the Maine Republican Party is fielding a full slate of candidates in the House of Representatives, the party announced on Monday.
House and Senate lawmakers don’t speak for Gov. Paul LePage and LePage doesn’t speak for House and Senate lawmakers. That fact became obvious on Monday during back-to-back press conferences from both Republicans and Democrats regarding LePage’s State of the State Address on Tuesday evening. In both cases, the subject turned to Medicaid expansion and right […]
Minor fireworks in the aftermath of debate in the House of Representatives today on whether to establish true early voting in Maine. Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, is taking umbrage with House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, for comments he made during the debate that Russell said needlessly lumped women in with convicted murderers. Fredette’s comments […]
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. […]