Tag Archives: Susan Collins

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

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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 […]

Daily Brief: Blitz to raise minimum wage takes off today at the State House

Good morning and welcome to your Monday Daily Brief. It’s minimum wage day in Augusta and if you need a sound track, check out this old, 47-second, three-word (including “HEEYA!”) song from They Might Be Giants. Thanks to myself, I’ll be humming it all morning. Maybe you will too? Seriously, though, supporters of raising Maine’s minimum […]

Daily Brief: LePage isn’t the first Maine governor to oppose methadone

Good morning. It’ll be a somber day in the Hall of Flags today when cancer patients, survivors and their families gather to advocate against the ghastly disease.  Specifically, the American Cancer Society will use its annual lobbying day to ask lawmakers to support legislation improving palliative care, oppose cuts proposed by Gov. Paul LePage to […]

Daily Brief: What does Susan Collins have in common with Cyndi Lauper?

Good morning from Maine’s capital, where the House and Senate are convening this morning and committees are scheduled throughout the afternoon.  The focus on animals this legislative session continues today with a bill, sponsored by Rep. Kimberly Monaghan, D-Cape Elizabeth, that would prohibit the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops unless they were born […]

Daily Brief: Susan Collins in Selma, ‘tax havens’ bill returns after veto

Original "foot soldiers" Tillman Wright who marched during Bloody Sunday shouts during a prayer at the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Selma

Good morning from Augusta. We hope this weekend’s time change hasn’t disrupted your sleep schedule too much. Rep. Ryan Tipping-Spitz, D-Orono, will present a bill today to crack down on the use of tax havens by huge companies that operate in Maine. Tipping-Spitz will be hoping the bill fares better than a version proposed last year by […]

Daily Brief: Fireworks debate bursts open again; LePage’s student debt relief

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Good morning from Augusta, where the debate over fireworks use in Maine is poised to burst open once again as lawmakers consider five bills that would limit the use of the consumer explosives made legal by a Republican-controlled Legislature in 2012.  Since the sale and use of fireworks were legalized, many Maine towns and cities have […]

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 […]

Open Internet advocates King, Pingree hail FCC decision on net neutrality

U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, on Thursday hailed the Federal Communications Commission’s 3-2 decision to classify broadband Internet service as a public utility. The FCC is trying to close the debate between two competing visions for what Internet access should look like. On one side, net neutrality advocates say broadband service should be treated like all […]

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 […]