Good morning from Augusta. An analysis released Tuesday showed that two Affordable Care Act fixes backed by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins could offset the premium impact of repealing the law’s individual mandate — but only if they can pass and that’s a big if. The analysis didn’t examine the individual mandate’s repeal, but it can […]
Gov. Paul LePage doubled down on opposition to the proposed health care plan from Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan to inform him that “early signs do not look encouraging” for his party’s congressional leaders. The letter, which was forwarded to Trump and published on Tuesday afternoon […]
Good morning from Portland, where Maine Democrats handed 17 of 25 pledged delegates to the party’s presidential underdog, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But the convention will be remembered more for a rule change that Sanders hailed in a Sunday statement, calling it “the kind of grassroots democracy that will help the Democratic Party grow and win elections.” […]
Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Legislature’s calendar makes Friday look downright sleepy. But those are famous last words for a State House reporter. There are just three work sessions set for the Health and Human Services Committee, but they’re on reasonably important bills, including dueling and controversial proposals from Gov. Paul LePage and […]
The Maine Legislature’s 2016 session started last week with leaders heralding a compromise to revive $6.5 million in expired conservation bonds. But that deal may be breaking down and the House of Representatives may have its first floor kerfuffle of the year on Tuesday. Last week, House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, said they struck […]
This ad for Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald’s re-election bid was spotted in a local weekly paper yesterday, and I’m still struggling to understand it. Macdonald, a two-term incumbent known for being conservative, finds himself locked in a battle with Democratic activist Ben Chin. Three other candidates — Stephen Morgan, Luke Jensen and Charles Soule — […]
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows criticized her opponent, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, for supporting a controversial budget that the senator actually voted against three times.