Tag Archives: Ken Fredette

Maine Democratic Party leader will have to fight to keep job

Good morning from Augusta, where Tuesday’s election is already providing fallout for Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett. Outgoing state Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, confirmed late Wednesday that she’ll run to replace Bartlett at the state committee’s next meeting on Nov. 20, while term-limited House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, said he’s considering a run. In a […]

GOP opposition, Constitution makes legislative action against LePage unlikely

Legislative leaders are meeting on Thursday to discuss reconvening the House and Senate to address Gov. Paul LePage’s latest controversy, but Republican opposition and the Maine Constitution place high hurdles ahead of the prospect of even returning to Augusta. It’s the eighth day of fallout from the Republican governor’s remarks on black and Hispanic drug dealers and subsequent profane voicemail to Rep. Drew […]

Solar contractor: LePage, Fredette ‘disingenuous as s–t’ on industry bill

It’s a quiet morning in Augusta after the Maine Legislature wrapped up work last week by overriding 20 of Gov. Paul LePage’s 33 session-ending vetoes. But with help from House Republicans, the governor’s veto pen won one key battle, killing a solar reform bill that was heavily lobbied by the industry and environmental groups. They’re not happy: In a Facebook post, Vaughan Woodruff, […]

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 […]

Ted Cruz to get dozens of Maine endorsements on Thursday

Good morning from Augusta, where a large group of Republican legislators and activists is set to endorse presidential hopeful Ted Cruz on Thursday. Between 40 and 50 legislators will hold a noon news conference at the State House to announce support for the Texas senator, who won the Iowa caucuses on Monday, finishing ahead of runner-up Donald […]

Is the Maine Legislature’s bipartisan bond deal breaking down?

The Maine Legislature’s 2016 session started last week with leaders heralding a compromise to revive $6.5 million in expired conservation bonds. But that deal may be breaking down and the House of Representatives may have its first floor kerfuffle of the year on Tuesday. Last week, House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, said they struck […]

Unlikely LePage impeachment bid could hit House floor Wednesday

The sponsor of the bid to oust Gov. Paul LePage from office released an impeachment order on Monday that could be taken up when lawmakers return to Augusta on Wednesday. But it’s hard to overstate how unlikely it is to move forward: On Monday, House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, who will likely preside over the House […]

Despite agreement against Question 1, LePage’s rift with Thibodeau continues

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 […]

Daily Brief: Lawmakers to unveil bill that outlaws ‘revenge porn’ in Maine

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 […]

Daily Brief: Phthalate rule weakened, plus a plan to split Maine in two

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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 […]