Tag Archives: Paul LePage

Daily Brief: Saufley to deliver ‘State of the Judiciary’ speech

Good morning from frigid Augusta, where cold means more than the relationships between political opponents.  There’s a lot on the docket today with the House and Senate returning to session after a week’s vacation and many of the Legislature’s committees plowing through bills. On that latter front, the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee is expected […]

LePage cracks down on state employees viewing porn on work computers

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Gov. Paul LePage on Friday issued an executive order to stiffen policies prohibiting state employees from accessing pornographic material on government computers or devices — even when they’re off the clock. According to the governor and his human resources chief, it’s a type of misconduct that persists, albeit infrequently. “Employees of State agencies are compensated for […]

Daily Brief: Rhode Island vs. Maine in a battle for New England’s seniors

Good morning.  I’m not sure how it looks where you are, but here in Central Maine, as of Thursday morning, the snow is just starting to hit. If the weather cooperates, budget negotiators in Augusta will entertain dozens of  members of the public for the third day in a row as the Appropriations Committee opens its doors for […]

Daily Brief: Public weighs in on LePage budget; support for ranked-choice grows

Good morning from Augusta, where the Legislature’s budget negotiators will continue with open hearings on Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.57 billion budget proposal.  Members of the Appropriations Committee will hear testimony from the general public today about LePage’s proposed elimination of state aid to municipalities, a program established to divert some income and sales tax revenue back […]

LePage hails Texas judge’s decision to block Obama’s immigration agenda

Gov. Paul LePage, pictured here recently in Portland. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

A U.S. District Court judge in Texas on Monday blocked President Barack Obama’s plan to protect about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, saying the president’s use of executive orders to enact the policy had exceeded his authority and wrongly bypassed Congress. The lawsuit was heard in Texas, the state leading the charge to thwart Obama’s immigration agenda, […]

Daily Brief: Democrats counter Republican county jail fix plan; RIP David Carr

Good morning from Augusta, where many lawmakers have departed for a week-long break. As is usually the case, especially where there are major budget bills on the table, there will be no rest for the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, which has a dense schedule of work sessions and public hearings today and through next […]

‘Maine Middleman Association’ ready to tangle with LePage

Gov. Paul LePage, during his State of the State address earlier this month. BDN file photo by Ashley Conti.

Lots and lots of paper gets pushed in Augusta — much of it dry, stoic bureaucratic jargon. The business of state government is serious, and that’s reflected in the writing. It’s important, but nearly never thrilling. The stuff that’s not dry often comes from political spin officers. That material is colorful in rhetoric and heavy on emotional […]

Daily Brief: King’s small-biz Obamacare fix; LePage’s opposition to Narcan

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Good Wednesday morning.  Gov. Paul LePage prepares today for his first Town Hall meeting in Westbrook later this evening . The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, where he will take questions about the proposed $6.57 billion two-year budget and the huge tax reform package it contains.  In the coming weeks, the […]

Daily Brief: LePage targets 2016 for income tax-killing constitutional amendment

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Good morning from the State House, where lobbyists are making their policy pitches to lawmakers, legislative committees are taking up a handful of noteworthy bills, and Gov. Paul LePage is boosting a private nonprofit’s efforts to help Maine high school students succeed.  The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence will be in the Hall of […]