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 […]
Good morning from the state’s capital city, where yesterday’s seemingly endless snowfall has abated just in time for the 74th annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show to kick off at the Augusta Civic Center. Gov. Paul LePage is scheduled to attend the opening day of the show, hosted by the state’s agriculture department. Meanwhile, lawmakers on the budget-writing […]
Luckily for politicians, there are myriad economic indicators that can easily be spun to fit the day’s narrative. Depending on who you listen to, Maine’s economy is booming, or it’s stagnant.
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, […]
UPDATE: Per a 3 p.m. press release by Gov. LePage, the civil emergency has been lifted. “I’m pleased that State government is back to normal and Mainers are back to work,” said LePage. “I want to thank Maine State employees for their patience during these past couple weeks. This federal shutdown caused a tremendous amount […]
It’s unclear just how long the federal government shutdown will continue, but while it does, it will provide rhetorical fodder for elected officials and pundits of all political stripes. The shutdown is like a giant beltway Rorschach test; Politicians project whatever they want onto it. For example: Gov. Paul LePage and House Speaker Mark Eves […]