Tag Archives: Ann LePage

LePage’s power to oust Maine sheriffs targeted in new round of proposed bills

A state senator wants to strip the governor’s power to oust sheriffs, but it’s among a group of bills that will have a hard time passing next year.

Rushing into the Equifax breach — as fast as Maine’s senators can

Good morning from Augusta, where we think our credit scores are still as intact as journalists’ can be after the Equifax breach. Here’s what our senators think of it. Susan Collins and Angus King have called on federal agencies to investigate Equifax stock sales. The credit reporting agency’s data breach compromised more than 524,000 Mainers, […]

Unhappy with LePage budget, Maine Democrats to unveil their own

Good morning from Augusta, where legislative Democrats are promising to unveil an alternative to Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposal today as Republicans say they’re drawing a thick line on eliminating the voter-approved 3 percent surtax on income over $200,000 to fund education. This is becoming a regular piece of budget negotiations in Augusta: It’ll come […]

This small Maine political operation started the Trump-LL Bean commotion

President-elect Donald Trump turned his hot Twitter light on Maine on Thursday, backing L.L. Bean and company heiress Linda Bean after her donations to a pro-Trump committee led to an effort from progressives to boycott the outfitter. But though her donation to the pro-Trump group has drawn global attention, it is relatively minor in the context […]

Watch Mike Michaud jump out of an airplane

Mike Michaud, Maine’s former Democratic U.S. representative and second-place finisher in the 2014 gubernatorial election, showed zero apprehension about jumping out of an airplane in a video released Thursday by the Department of Labor. Well, see for yourself: Michaud is back in government service now as the assistant secretary of labor for veterans’ employment and training, […]

Pingree, Poliquin introduce bill to roll back regulations on urchin industry

A bill that would make it easier to export American sea urchins was introduced by Maine’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday. The problem, according to U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin, is that federal officials recently began requiring inspections of urchins entering and leaving the country. So, urchins are inspected when they’re brought from Canada to […]