Tag Archives: Mike Thibodeau

Maine Republicans are already lining up to fill key Senate vacancies in 2018

Good morning from Augusta, where it’s already been a busy week for legislative Republicans looking for promotions in 2018. Assistant House Minority Leader Ellie Espling said she’s considering a Senate run. The term-limited Republican from New Gloucester said Monday that she has “more to offer,” but she has no timeframe to make a decision on […]

Republican state senator to co-host fundraiser for Democrat Janet Mills

Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, said Tuesday that he has not decided who he will endorse for governor in the 2018 election, but for now he’s helping raise campaign cash for Janet Mills, who is running as a Democrat. Saviello, who has been friends with Mills for more than 20 years, confirmed rumors that he and […]

Marijuana, ranked-choice voting to be mulled by Maine lawmakers in special session

The top Republican in the Maine Legislature said Friday that he expects lawmakers to address marijuana legalization and ranked-choice voting in a special session demanded by Gov. Paul LePage that will likely be set for October’s end. The Republican governor notified the Legislature this week that he’d call them back after the federal government deemed a […]

LePage’s ‘right to work’ contract gambit clears state union votes

Two of the state’s largest public sector labor unions have agreed to eliminate the requirement that all employees pay union fees whether or not they are members. David Heidrich, a spokesman for the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, said Thursday morning that both the Maine State Employees Association, which represents more than 9,000 executive […]

Republicans send reinforcements for LePage’s campaign against Medicaid expansion

Good morning from Augusta, where a group of Republicans is expected to express concern about the wording of Maine’s 2017 Medicaid expansion referendum on Tuesday, showing that it’s not going to go unanswered in the public domain. Former Maine Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett, Rep. Heather Sirocki, R-Scarborough, and other elected officials will be headlining […]

What the Maine Legislature has left to do in a dysfunctional session

Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Legislature was back on Thursday for what we thought was possibly their last day, but leaders quickly decided that the session that led to the first state government shutdown since 1991 will keep on giving into August. That protracted budget fight set the Legislature’s other business back significantly, […]

Maine Legislature returns to decide on $200M bond package, vetoed bills

The halls of the State House are brimming again with the Legislature back in town for one of its final sessions of 2017. Those hallowed halls have been relatively quiet since the bruising state budget battle ended early July 4. Today’s session will focus mostly on procedural matters, though some of the items on the […]

Odds and ends from the long, strange trip to ending Maine’s shutdown

Good morning from Augusta, where we have a budget and have gone from constant action to no action in the State House. Weary reporters are still trying to adjust. But there’s a lot that didn’t make our stories from the long weekend. Here are some of them: The impasse popped out of existence like a firecracker. After House […]

All the ways Maine’s budget ‘deal’ could fall apart

We don’t think we’re exaggerating when we say that Friday promises to be the most suspenseful day in the era of Gov. Paul LePage with the Legislature’s two presiding officers throwing a Hail Mary pass to close Maine’s budget impasse with no idea where it’ll land. What we know is that the deal brokered late […]

LePage hammers Senate GOP budget offer as shutdown approaches

Gov. Paul LePage has again vowed to shut down state government if the Legislature votes for an increase in the lodging tax, which the governor himself proposed in February and which was resurrected Wednesday by Senate Republicans. That proposal drew fire from LePage on Thursday, who accused Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, of just wanting […]