Republican Eric Brakey and Democrat Zak Ringelstein debated without the incumbent on Thursday, but they face an uphill challenge given the senator’s popularity and Maine’s history.
This isn’t the first year that a political impasse in the Maine Legislature has caused sessions to drag into August.
We may learn today if Gov. Paul LePage’s administration will release roughly $1 million in taxpayer funding for campaigns or appeal a judge’s order. Uncertainty remains for candidates.
It has been a quiet summer by LePage standards. That may change as we approach the 90-day mark before the election to replace him.
It’s a key moment for advocates of expansion, but the state has already blown past two deadlines under the law with resistance from Gov. Paul LePage and no dedicated funding from the Legislature.
The legislative session is expected to stretch on into late July after Democrats and Republicans pulled up just short of compromise on one of their last outstanding issues.
Maine lawmakers may end up making it harder to get referendum questions on the ballot. They have to make a bigger deal first.
The Legislature is still fighting about taxpayer funding for campaigns. Here’s where that fight could impact candidates the most.
The LePage administration began taking applications under Medicaid expansion yesterday. Advocates are watching closely for what the state does with them.
Democrats have little power to stop a replacement and while U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is eyed as a potential swing vote, she hasn’t shown much appetite yet for bucking her party on the issue.