The four most interesting potential Maine legislative primaries

This year’s primary elections feature some interesting face-offs, and not just in the governor’s race.

It’s deadline day for Maine party candidates who want to make the ballot

We’re expecting an eight-way Democratic gubernatorial primary and a five-way Republican primary, which will test Maine’s new ranked-choice voting system.

Maine’s top government watchdog is leaving

The committee is headed into a big investigation of Maine’s child welfare system, but Beth Ashcroft has given lawmakers lots of time to find a replacement.

Making the primary ballot is just the first hurdle in Maine’s long Blaine House race

Five candidates have qualified for gubernatorial primary races with more to come before the Thursday deadline, but other deadlines remain.

LePage’s bleak take on Maine forest industry jobs doesn’t add up

Good morning from Augusta. Gov. Paul LePage was in Washington, D.C., to meet with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in February and something he’s attributed as saying there is puzzling people who watch Maine’s forest industry closely. A summary of that meeting, also attended by New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant and his staff, cites the […]

LePage allies, foes back legislative probe of how DHHS handled child abuse claims

The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee will consider whether to direct its watchdog agency, the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, to launch an investigation into the events leading up to a 10-year-old Stockton Springs girl’s alleged murder by her mother and stepfather.

A spat is brewing over how wood harvested from Maine land is milled

Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, is leading an inquiry into Maine’s forestry practices after mill owners who have criticized Gov. Paul LePage weren’t given their expected amount of wood from public lands.

Tuesday offered a glimmer of hope for solar energy fans on a dark day for other bills

But the solar bill still may need to survive Gov. Paul LePage’s veto pen, which has other bills in a tight spot.

Another LePage nominee faces legislative roadblock

History isn’t on the side of George Gervais’ appointment to the Maine State Housing Authority after Democrats voted him down on a legislative panel last week.