Tag Archives: Mary Mayhew

Candidate Mayhew portrays herself as heir to LePage legacy

To the surprise of few in Maine’s political world, former Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew entered the 2018 governor’s race this morning as a Republican. Though her official campaign was just announced, themes that we’ll likely be hearing for the next 17 months emerged this morning during a radio interview. As […]

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 […]

Maine Democrats make their own state government shutdown threat

With less than a month left before statutory adjournment, Democrats have threatened to shut down government if state funding for schools doesn’t reach 55 percent. Fifty-two Democratic and two independent House members, along with four Democratic senators, have signed a pact to oppose any budget bill that doesn’t have “a progressive and sustainable funding source […]

LePage moves ahead with bid to gain Trump’s OK for stricter Medicaid rules

Maine will ask President Donald Trump’s administration to let it further rein in the state’s Medicaid program, announcing on Tuesday that the Department of Health and Human Services will have a comment period and two public hearings in May ahead of a formal request. The move was no surprise: Gov. Paul LePage’s administration announced its plan in January […]

Unhappy with LePage budget, Maine Democrats to unveil their own

Good morning from Augusta, where legislative Democrats are promising to unveil an alternative to Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposal today as Republicans say they’re drawing a thick line on eliminating the voter-approved 3 percent surtax on income over $200,000 to fund education. This is becoming a regular piece of budget negotiations in Augusta: It’ll come […]

It’s pot legalization day in Maine! Here’s how you can and can’t celebrate

Good morning from Augusta. I can report that marijuana has been legal statewide as of 12:01 a.m. At least one end-of-prohibition party is set for tonight in Portland. But don’t go reefer mad all at once. Maine is now in limbo with its voter-approved law, especially after a moratorium signed Friday by Gov. Paul LePage to delay […]

LePage administration to ask Trump to OK list of Medicaid changes

Good morning from Augusta, where the LePage administration revved up the news cycle this morning with a letter outlining changes to the state’s Medicaid program that they want green-lit by President Donald Trump. The impact of all of these proposed changes is unclear, but they include premiums and other changes that the Maine Department of Health and […]

LePage administration taps 2 bureaucrats to lead Maine CDC

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has promoted two employees to lead the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a memo to staff obtained by the Bangor Daily News. It said Sheryl Peavey is the CDC’s new chief operating officer in charge of “day-to-day operational decision-making” and Dr. Chris Pezzullo will “inform decisions affecting public health” as […]

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 CDC: Focus public health efforts to fight opiates, smoking

Maine’s public health system will look different under a road map released Friday by Gov. Paul LePage’s administration, which aims to use tobacco settlement money in a more focused way to fight opiate abuse and smoking. Advocates were still digesting a 75-page request for proposals released by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday afternoon. But it’s […]