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Daily Brief: LePage bullish on winning public opinion for his budget

Gov. Paul LePage, R-Maine. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

Greetings from the state capital, where lawmakers are weighing whether to delay implementation of new teacher evaluations. Schools are supposed to being using new a teacher evaluation system in the 2015-2016 school year, which begins in July. Rep. Brian Hubbell, D-Bar Harbor, serves on the Education Committee and has proposed a bill, LD 38, to […]

Daily Brief: The state of higher education, and a hard number for Dems

 Good morning, Maine. The troubled state of Maine’s public system of higher education, Maine’s flagging bridge infrastructure and Gov. Paul LePage’s efforts to woo veterans to move here are the topics of the day in Augusta.  Leaders from Maine’s besieged university and community college systems will address a joint session of the Legislature about the […]

Daily Brief: Legislature postponed again; what’s new with Shenna Bellows?


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 […]

Daily Brief: Collins claims victory against Obama plan to tax college savings plans


Good morning from a tranquil Augusta, where all remains quiet after yesterday’s headline-grabbing snowstorm dumped more than a foot of powder. There’s been no word from Gov. Paul LePage about further state office closures, so it appears government will open once again after being officially put on hold yesterday when the governor declared a state of emergency.  […]

Daily Brief: LePage not expecting much from Obama’s State of the Union

US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron appear at their joint press conference following meeting at the White House

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers have returned after the three-day weekend.  This week, members of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee begin their deeper look at Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.3 billion two-year budget. While we’ve heard the broad strokes of the governor’s plan, senior LePage administration officials this week will brief the committee about the specific funding and budget […]

Daily Brief: Democrats mark death of longtime lawmaker, Angus goes abroad

Good morning from Waterville, where Gov. Paul LePage will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at a breakfast with the Waterville Rotary Club and Spectrum Generations, a community and service organization for senior and disabled citizens.  State offices are closed today for the holiday, and many officials will be attending MLK events in their own districts. […]

Daily Brief: Phthalate rule weakened, plus a plan to split Maine in two


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 […]