March is coming in a bit like a lion in Augusta, where a public health care practitioners and activists are coming from across Maine to oppose Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposals around public health and anti-smoking programs. The Legislature’s Appropriations Committee is now weeks into holding public hearings about the governor’s budget and nearly every […]
Good Monday morning. Once again, the weather is putting a kink in the legislative schedule as yet another snowstorm barrels into Maine. “This will be the 4th storm in only a 10-day period for the area, and the snow pack continues to grow,” writes CBS 13 meteorologist Charlie Lopresti. “This historical stretch will provide the current […]
What a night. Here’s what happened on Veto Day: Lawmakers overturned 15 of the 48 vetoes issues by Republican Gov. Paul LePage in the past two weeks, including the one that sought to torpedo the more than $30 million bipartisan budget fix. Later, procedural drama reigned over a vote on whether override the veto of a bill to expand access to […]
Last night was the last regular session day of the 126th Legislature. Lawmakers arrived early in the day prepared for a triple-session that started Thursday morning and lasted until about 1 a.m. Friday. While members of the House and Senate will return at least once to take up veto override votes, and could potentially be called […]
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.
Gov. Paul LePage ditched his usual refusal to sit with reporters for one-on-one interviews Thursday when he talked with at least two national media organizations which have published profile pieces on the governor, his accomplishments and the brash speaking style that has attracted so much negative press. A piece published Friday by Bloomberg News carried […]
The Maine House of Representatives has worked through most of the bond package scheduled for Legislative action during today’s special session. The four bonds so far approved are worth $49.5 million. While lawmakers in the House have passed most of the bond bills, it has yet to act on the largest — a $100 million […]
Just before 9 a.m. Thursday, Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic became Sen. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, when she was sworn in to the 126th Legislature by Gov. Paul LePage. Vitelli becomes is eighth woman in the 25-member Maine Senate, all of whom are Democrats. She defeated Republican Paula Benoit of Phippsburg in a special election Tuesday, 4,631-4,169. […]