Daily Brief: The state of higher education, and a hard number for Dems

 Good morning, Maine. The troubled state of Maine’s public system of higher education, Maine’s flagging bridge infrastructure and Gov. Paul LePage’s efforts to woo veterans to move here are the topics of the day in Augusta.  Leaders from Maine’s besieged university and community college systems will address a joint session of the Legislature about the […]

GOP operative convicted of illegal political coordination has Poliquin connection

Tyler Harber, a 34-year-old GOP campaign operative in the D.C. area who coordinated $325,000 in spending between a super PAC and a Virginia congressional campaign in 2012, became the first person ever convicted of illegal campaign-finance coordination when he pleaded guilty on Feb. 12. That’s a milestone in campaign finance law, for sure, but it’s worth noting Harber’s […]

Daily Brief: Public health advocates headed to Augusta in force

March is coming in a bit like a lion in Augusta, where a public health care practitioners and activists are coming from across Maine to oppose Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposals around public health and anti-smoking programs.  The Legislature’s Appropriations Committee is now weeks into holding public hearings about the governor’s budget and nearly every […]

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: Lawmakers to unveil bill that outlaws ‘revenge porn’ in Maine

Good morning from the state capital, where there’s another lengthy schedule of lawmaking on tap.  The Appropriations Committee continues to slog through budget bills related to the attorney general’s office and the Department of Health and Human Services. The committee is expected to take a series of votes today on supplemental spending for the current year, though […]

Daily Brief: Saufley to deliver ‘State of the Judiciary’ speech

Good morning from frigid Augusta, where cold means more than the relationships between political opponents.  There’s a lot on the docket today with the House and Senate returning to session after a week’s vacation and many of the Legislature’s committees plowing through bills. On that latter front, the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee is expected […]

LePage’s A-through-F public school grading system put on hold until fall of 2016

The Maine Department of Education announced Monday that it will not issue A-through-F report cards for schools this year. According to a web bulletin by department spokeswoman Samantha Warren, the state is switching to a new online student assessment system this year, which will make it impossible to compute year-to-year student growth. Data from the […]