Tag Archives: Sara Gideon

Auburn legislator could be first GOP hopeful to challenge Angus King

Good morning from Augusta. A storm that will drop a foot of snow in some areas of Maine has delayed the opening of state offices until 10 a.m. and forced school cancellations from York to Aroostook counties. So, grab another cup of coffee and turn with us to the rumor mill on the 2018 election, where independent […]

Will LePage’s drug antidote and solar bill vetoes stand?

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers will return on Friday to handle a parade of vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage. It’ll be a long day at the State House, with 33 vetoes up for consideration in the House of Representatives and Senate. We had a full rundown on them yesterday, but the highest-profile bills at stake […]

Maine Legislature advances two anti-drug measures with third in limbo

The Maine Legislature looked poised on Thursday to pass measures allowing over-the-counter access to an overdose antidote and increasing penalties for drug traffickers, but another bill increasing possession penalties is in limbo. All face further votes and they were part of a 2016 legislative agenda around Maine’s opiate crisis. Last year, Maine set a record for overdose deaths with […]

LePage: Asylum seekers ‘the biggest problem in our state’

Good morning from Augusta, where Tuesday began with a recognition day for Boy Scouts and ended with a Gov. Paul LePage town hall meeting in Freeport. It was reasonably hostile territory for the Republican, who gave his normal stump speech on energy, economic, welfare and drug issues. But there were a couple of highlights. At one point, […]

How LePage could (but likely won’t) be impeached today

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers will likely consider impeaching a governor for the first time in Maine history. A group of liberal lawmakers has been talking about their attempt to oust Republican Gov. Paul LePage from office since last summer and all indications are that they will present their order today. The plan is for the House […]

Unlikely LePage impeachment bid could hit House floor Wednesday

The sponsor of the bid to oust Gov. Paul LePage from office released an impeachment order on Monday that could be taken up when lawmakers return to Augusta on Wednesday. But it’s hard to overstate how unlikely it is to move forward: On Monday, House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, who will likely preside over the House […]

Daily Brief: Fight to keep toxic chemicals out of kids’ products renewed

Good morning. Today the years-long fight to strengthen Maine’s Kid-Safe Products Act continues with a renewed effort to force manufacturers to disclose their use of phthalates in products for children and pregnant women. Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, will introduce what she calls her Healthy Kids Bill this afternoon at a press conference […]

Daily Brief: Lawmakers give friendly reception to LePage nominees and booking your campsite now

Good morning from Augusta, where the snow is once again falling. It was bound to be a quiet day at the State House anyway, with the Legislature and all of its committees off until next week when the pace of lawmaking will quicken noticeably.  There’s no word yet (as of about 8 a.m. Friday) on whether […]