Tag Archives: Paul LePage

Lawmakers looking for better ways to put a drink in your hand

Good morning from Augusta, where the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee will spend much of the day pondering better ways for us all to have a drink or two, maybe at no charge. No joke.  Among the bills on the committee’s docket this morning are bids to authorize free wine samples at restaurants, to allow sales […]

LePage, Mayhew tout bond rating as proof welfare cuts have worked

Gov. Paul LePage. BDN file photo by Gabor Degre

Good morning from Augusta, where the snow continues to melt around the State House and the stack of bills awaiting their first day in the sun is similarly shrinking. Two high-profile bills are up for work sessions in the Health and Human Services Committee. The first, but Rep. Joyce McCreight, D-Harpswell, would expand Medicaid coverage […]

LePage offers Stephen King a deal: ‘Make me the villain of your next book’

Governor Paul LePage strides from the House of Representatives in Augusta in early December after swearing in its members. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

Good morning from Augusta, legislative committees are continuing to plow through the thousands of bills on docket this session. Normally we outline some bills to watch, but we’ve got so much stuff for you in the Daily Brief today that I’m going to leave you to your own devices with a link to the public […]

At LePage’s request, lawmakers will vote on Article V balanced budget convention

Gov. Paul LePage, left, and Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, during the governor's second inauguration in January. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

Maine could become the 28th state to join the call for a constitutional convention with the hopes of amending the U.S. Constitution to require balanced budgets at the federal level. Jim Cyr, a spokesman for Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, confirmed Thursday that Thibodeau would introduce a joint resolution in the Legislature at the request […]

Daily Brief: Will Maine throw its support behind balanced budget amendment?

Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida

Good morning from Augusta, where the fallout from the sudden firing of Brig. Gen. James Campbell, who until Tuesday was the head of the Maine National Guard, is still reverberating. In an interview with the BDN, Campbell categorically denied that he lied to the public about plans to transform the storied 133rd Engineer Battalion into […]

Poliquin defends votes on austere GOP budget bills, touts constitutional amendment

Bruce Poliquin, Maine’s freshman 2nd District congressman, voted on the side of austerity Wednesday evening when he cast his support behind the so-called Price 1 and Price 2 budget bills. The votes spurred Democrats to call Poliquin a “one-term wonder” and a rubber stamp for GOP policies that would slash social safety nets and curtail programs […]

Daily Brief: Veterans returning to State House one day after National Guard chief’s firing

Good morning. Do you feel like you’re adequately represented in the Legislature? How far do you live from your state senator? If you live in one of the rural parts of the state, chances are your senator lives miles away but if you live in a city, she’s probably within a few miles. That’s because […]

Daily Brief: Murderous Frank Underwood more popular than Obama

File photo of cast member Spacey posing at the premiere for the second season of the television series "House of Cards" at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is hoping to gain support for his budget proposals related to fighting the rampant substance abuse that plagues many Maine communities. The governor has asked reporters and TV crews to meet with him in the Cabinet room to stump for the plan, which includes funding to invigorate […]