Tag Archives: Ken Fredette

LePage rips GOP state senator over prison closure dispute

Gov. Paul LePage claimed Tuesday that members of the Legislature are reneging on a deal regarding the closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport, but didn’t provide many details. Noting that state government sends more aid to Washington County than it receives in revenue from Down East, LePage said during a radio interview Tuesday […]

Does Maine have $150 million of unspent federal cash sitting around?

House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, this week unveiled her wide-ranging Leveraging Investments in Families Today bill, which aims to expand and enhance social service programs with federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant money that she says has gone unspent. Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that Gideon and the Democrats are wrong about […]

Maine bids to rename Columbus Day, Clean Election system falter

Good morning from Augusta. What’s in a name? A lot, as history has shown. What we call things has a lot to do with the development of public perception. It’s no accident that President Barack Obama’s administration called his health care bill the Affordable Care Act and that the campaign to label it a failure […]

Why legislating mining in Maine is so hard, in one survey

Good morning from Augusta, where a University of Maine student has informed the simmering debate on proposed mineral mining legislation with some of the only detailed survey data that we’ve seen on the subject. It shows what you might suspect — mining is a complicated issue with many trade-offs in the eyes of Mainers. That […]

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 […]