Campaign coalesces to support campaign finance reform in November

Topsham poll worker Anette Philippon collects ballots during a special election on August 27. BDN photo by Troy Bennett.

This may be an off-year in the election cycle, but Mainers will be faced with at least one referendum on November’s ballot — an effort to reform the state’s campaign finance laws and stiffen penalties for those who break them. Earlier this month, a ballot question committee calling itself “Mainers for Accountable Elections” registered with […]

Debates on weed, welfare and abortion to dominate State House today

Reuters photo by Jason Redmond.

Greetings from the state capitol, where today will be referred to as “weed day.” OK, maybe that’s a bit too flippant a way to put it, but two bills aimed at legalizing the recreational use of marijuana by adults are both scheduled for public hearings today in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. One […]

Term limits group compares Maine politicians to dirty diapers

Good morning from Augusta, where veto votes are flying between the chambers and the end seems to be in sight as committees slowly but surely report out their recommendations on remaining bills. Two high-profile bills are on their way to the House after approval yesterday in the Senate, though we won’t know whether they’ll be […]

Rally outside State House today to oppose two abortion-related bills

Howdy from Augusta, where a group of activists and protesters is planning a mid-day rally to recognize National Women’s Health Week.  Representatives from the Maine Alliance for Reproductive Freedom, ACLU Maine, Equality Maine, Maine Women’s Lobby, Maine Family Planning, Mabel Wadsworth and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights and a handful of […]

LePage to DC to talk natural gas, hydro power with congressional committee

Gov. Paul LePage, R-Maine, at a recent public forum in Belfast. BDN file photo by Ashley L. Conti.

Gov. Paul LePage is en route to Washington, D.C, where he’ll testify Wednesday before to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on energy and power. The hearing, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky, will focus on Republican-backed proposals to expedite the interstate natural gas pipeline permitting process and streamline hydropower licensing and increase hydropower […]