Tag Archives: Mark Eves

As adjournment looms, Maine lawmakers have plenty of vetoes but no budget

The end of the legislative session is oh so close, yet so far away. Wednesday marks the statutory adjournment date for the Legislature, which means that’s the day that was set months ago for lawmakers to wrap up their work. To go beyond that day will require a vote of the Legislature, a routine matter […]

LePage: Maine is hurting and government alone can’t ‘fight despair’

Good morning from Augusta, where Tuesday’s summerlike temps and a stuffy Blaine House meeting room were the setting for a sobering discussion about Maine’s coming demographic winter. By “sobering,” I mean depressing. Anyone who has heard much about the fiscal, social and familial challenges that Maine faces as our population ages or moves to better […]

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 […]

LePage targets hybrid, electric cars in ‘free ride’ gas tax discussion

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage targeted ways to ensure drivers of electric cars are contributing their fair share to the cost of maintaining roads on Tuesday. LePage’s comments came during his weekly radio appearance on WVOM amid a discussion about a trip to Boston the governor has scheduled next week on the expansion […]

A Maine Democrat’s day in the national convention spotlight

Good morning from downtown Gardiner, where it’s already hot and I’m feeling the effects of a sunburn from a weekend on Webb Pond in Hancock County. But I’ll power through, because it’s my job to tell you about the Maine delegation feeling the Bern in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention. The roll call vote to […]

LePage endorses conservative challengers in Maine Senate primaries

Good morning from Augusta, where today’s Daily Brief will function as a digest of Gov. Paul LePage’s greatest hits over the past two days. The Republican governor made a first-time move on Thursday, when he endorsed two conservatives challenging Republican legislators in Tuesday’s Maine Senate primaries — Guy Lebida of Bowdoin and Calais City Councilor Billy Howard. Lebida […]

Poliquin, Cain divide on North Woods park could be key to 2016 race

Good morning from Gardiner, a southern enclave of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, where a national monument proposal in the North Woods region is emerging as a key wedge issue in a nationally targeted 2016 House race. The proposal from the family of entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby drew packed forums on Monday in East Millinocket and Orono with […]

Maine Democrats to consider superdelegate changes at state convention

Good morning from Augusta, where Democrats rejected a last-minute budget maneuver from Gov. Paul LePage and House Republicans that had the State House halls buzzing on Thursday. The proposal wasn’t released by Republicans, but Democrats said it funded $18 million worth of bills — pay raises for law enforcement and direct care workers and jail funding — by […]

Maine Legislature tries piecemeal budget in last-ditch effort to win GOP support

Good morning from Augusta, where a long day of work on Wednesday produced a piecemeal spending proposal that aims to win at least some support from holdout Republicans in the House of Representatives. That caucus, buoyed by an alliance with Gov. Paul LePage, has stood against Democrats and Senate Republicans to oppose new spending in 2016 and voted against an […]