Under fire from LePage allies, top Democrats optimistic on deal for mental health facility

Just about everyone at the Maine State House says they want a new mental health unit proposed by Gov. Paul LePage to be built in Augusta. But even though Democrats say they’re optimistic a deal can be reached to build it by January, they aren’t moving fast enough for the Republican’s administration. The LePage administration has floated building […]

Republicans pressuring Democrats to approve LePage’s new mental health facility

Good morning from Augusta, where Republicans are increasing the pressure on Democratic leaders to reverse last week’s decision to block Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed facilty to house forensic mental health patients in Augusta. The LePage administration has billed the new facility as a way to regain the federal certification that Riverview Psychiatric Center lost in 2013, putting […]

Will Maine’s new Legislature get off to a better start than the last one?

It’s a milestone day at the State House with the swearing-in of the 128th Legislature this morning and, later, the election of Maine’s attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor. At the top of the agenda are the elections of legislative leaders. “Wait,” you say. “Didn’t that already happen?” Sort of. Lawmakers from both […]

Maine treasurer, AG to face challenges from Democratic lawmaker, GOP lobbyist

An outgoing Democratic lawmaker and a Republican lobbyist are gearing up to challenge Maine State Treasurer Terry Hayes and Attorney General Janet Mills when the Legislature returns to Augusta for swearing-in day on Wednesday. Those are the only two expected races for Maine’s constitutional officer positions, to be decided in a secret-ballot vote of the 186-member Legislature, which will be closely […]

Trump’s pick to lead Medicare, Medicaid did work for LePage administration

Good morning from Augusta, where there’s an old connection to one of President-elect Donald Trump’s key health care appointees. Earlier this week, the Republican picked Indiana health policy consultant Seema Verma to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services alongside U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, his nominee for health and human services secretary. Trump’s stated goal […]

Question 2 recount withdrawal shifts tax reform question to LePage’s budget proposal

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re only going to have one referendum recount after opponents of Question 2 withdrew a request on Tuesday, making the vote official with the pro-referendum side winning by nearly 9,600 votes. On Monday, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s office will hold a recount on Question 1, which would legalize marijuana. It passed by […]