The Legislature will breeze past its scheduled adjournment on Wednesday because of the two-year budget impasse, but things got testy on Tuesday about what seemed like everything but the budget. In the House of Representatives, Republicans attacked Democrats for supposedly not backing police. In the Senate, Democrats hit Republicans who backed what they called an […]
Good morning from Augusta, where the implementation of ranked-choice voting hangs in limbo. The system, which election reform advocates have called a “better way to vote,” could be headed back to voters or could die at the hands of the Legislature, depending on what happens with two 11th-hour bills allowed into the legislative process on […]
Good morning from Augusta, where legislative Democrats are promising to unveil an alternative to Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposal today as Republicans say they’re drawing a thick line on eliminating the voter-approved 3 percent surtax on income over $200,000 to fund education. This is becoming a regular piece of budget negotiations in Augusta: It’ll come […]
Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage targeted ways to ensure drivers of electric cars are contributing their fair share to the cost of maintaining roads on Tuesday. LePage’s comments came during his weekly radio appearance on WVOM amid a discussion about a trip to Boston the governor has scheduled next week on the expansion […]
Former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows has been hired as the interim executive director of LearningWorks, a Portland education nonprofit. She’s replacing another prominent Democrat at the top of the organization: Ethan Strimling led LearningWorks before he was elected mayor of Portland this year. Bellows, a Manchester consultant, will take over on Wednesday, but she said that she isn’t […]
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 […]
There’s eight days left until the election.
The highlight of Thursday night’s debate between Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows was discussion about the impact of golf clubs in outer space and massages for rabbits’ feet. More on that later. The race between Collins and Bellows has not been close in the polls, with double-digit splits that are similar […]
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.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins continues to pile up labor union endorsements in her bid for re-election. This time it’s three union locals at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard who will line up behind the third-term U.S. senator. Members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO; the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, New England Council/AFL-CIO; […]