Tag Archives: Susan Collins

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 […]

Daily Brief: Libertarians pushing for creation of new political party in Maine

Good morning from Augusta, where today’s schedule appears to be uninterrupted by Mother Nature’s latest display of a new way to dump snow across the state (we’ve had a-foot-in-a-day and biblical blizzard, now it’s maybe a torturous foot over three days, maybe not).  The Legislature’s committees are beginning to hold public hearings on bills, which […]

Daily Brief: Maine to benefit from $1.4 billion housing crisis settlement

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Good morning from Augusta, where Attorney General Janet Mills is scheduled to release details about how Maine will benefit from a $1.4 billion settlement between the credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s and the federal government and several states. According to a news advisory, Mills will hold a press conference at the steps of the Kennebec County […]

Maine’s entire delegation to Congress has policy to protect LGBT staffers

Maine's U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, a Republican, and Angus King, an independent. BDN file photo by Gabor Degre.

Members of Congress can still fire staffers for being gay or trans. That’s because there’s no federal law protecting LGBT people from workplace discrimination, as pointed out by the Huffington Post, which on Friday posted a running list of which Senators and Representatives have established their own internal policies to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. […]

Daily Brief: Collins claims victory against Obama plan to tax college savings plans

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Good morning from a tranquil Augusta, where all remains quiet after yesterday’s headline-grabbing snowstorm dumped more than a foot of powder. There’s been no word from Gov. Paul LePage about further state office closures, so it appears government will open once again after being officially put on hold yesterday when the governor declared a state of emergency.  […]

Daily Brief: LePage declares emergency, shuts down state offices

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Expecting an onslaught of snow and wind, Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday announced that he had declared a state of emergency, shutting down all state offices and urging Mainers to stay off the roads.  “Travel conditions will be life-threatening, and widespread power outages are probable,” LePage wrote in the emergency proclamation. Much of the state is braced for a snowstorm […]

Daily Brief: Poliquin meets Obama and picks up natural gas fight

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For a day without the House and Senate in session, Wednesday was a busy one in Augusta. Legislative committees heard hours of testimony from department heads, who briefed lawmakers about their agencies’ work and the effect Gov. Paul LePage’s biennial budget proposal would have on it.  President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address garnered some conversation, although lawmakers and state […]