Tag Archives: Mark Eves

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 […]

Maine marijuana advocates to sue state over ballot disqualification

Good morning from Augusta, where proponents of marijuana legalization will announce today that they’re suing the Maine secretary of state’s office over its decision to disqualify the issue from the 2016 ballot. The move was expected since Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s decision was released last week, and it could largely revolve around 17,000 signatures notarized by Stavros Mendros, the president […]

LePage, Eves continue sparring over governor’s ‘absolute immunity’ claim

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage and his attorney continue to claim “absolute immunity” for the governor regarding the lawsuit against him by House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick. In a legal argument filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, LePage attorney Patrick Strawbridge rebuffs Eves’ claims on several fronts, many of them centered […]

Eves’ attorney: LePage lawsuit immunity claims ‘astonishingly broad’

Good morning from Augusta, where there’s new fallout from House Speaker Mark Eves’ lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage. As you probably know, the Democrat from North Berwick sued the governor last year over the Republican’s role in forcing Good Will-Hinckley to rescind an employment contract with Eves in 2015. LePage threatened to withhold $530,000 in state funding unless the […]

Hillary Clinton to bring potential VP pick to Portland for fundraiser

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro will be in Portland on Monday for a fundraiser for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who has stoked rumors that he could be her running mate. The private event will be on Monday morning at Preti Flaherty, the law and lobbying firm headquartered at One City Center, according to an […]

Dunlap, McCabe, Beliveau among Sanders’ 60 Maine endorsements

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders got a lift in Maine on Tuesday with endorsements from Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, party godfather and lobbyist Severin Beliveau and a host of legislators. The progressive Vermont senator is an underdog in his race against Hillary Clinton — who received early endorsements from most of Maine’s big-name Democrats — but a Tuesday […]

How LePage could (but likely won’t) be impeached today

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers will likely consider impeaching a governor for the first time in Maine history. A group of liberal lawmakers has been talking about their attempt to oust Republican Gov. Paul LePage from office since last summer and all indications are that they will present their order today. The plan is for the House […]

Will Maine legislators’ spirit of compromise extend to drug bill?

Good morning from Augusta, where the first day of the 2016 legislative session was marked by some semblance of harmony. An effort from a group of legislators to impeach Gov. Paul LePage was delayed as Democratic leaders said they want to focus on more important business and legislative leaders in all chambers agreed to reauthorize […]

Maine legislators target settlement money to help fund anti-drug plan

A $4.8 million proposal from legislative leaders aimed at fighting Maine’s drug crisis would mostly be funded by drawing from a pool of Wall Street settlement money. That proposal, which would allow for 10 new drug agents and expand addiction treatment and education efforts, was rolled out earlier this month by a bipartisan group of legislative leaders, but funding […]