A leaked memo announcing Gov. LePage’s goal to shrink the state workforce is a soft opening to budget talks that will start after November’s elections.
It seemed like an irreconcilable conflict between the two parties, but they resolved it last week in a bipartisan way. The showdown over time-sensitive tax conformity legislation, vitally important to small business owners across the state, had stretched on for weeks this winter. Democrats had been opposing the legislation, holding it hostage to their demand […]
Given their antipathy to Gov. Paul LePage, one suspects that the Democrats may be more interested in brinksmanship and holding tax conformity hostage for election-year shenanigans.
In recent days, Maine Democrats managed to embarrass not only themselves, but the institution of the Maine Legislature, with a ridiculous debate over impeaching Republican Gov. Paul LePage. At a time when the state has real problems that desperately need serious discussion and bipartisan solutions — like the drug crisis that has gripped our state […]
The bipartisan investigation into Gov. Paul LePage’s role in keeping Good Will-Hinckley from hiring House Speaker Mark Eves failed to conclude that LePage violated the law. One would assume, then, that the ridiculous push to impeach LePage, led by a handful of extremists in the House, would grind to a halt. Failing that, one would […]
If you blinked, you may have missed it, but the Legislature — or pieces of it, at least — was back at work in Augusta last week. The Senate was in session to consider a number of gubernatorial nominations, but the real action took place in the Legislative Council, which decided which bills to allow […]
Tuesday was supposed to be a bad night for Maine Republicans. After all, the political news in Maine had, for months, been dominated by Republican Party infighting. Gov. Paul LePage had been sniping at legislators in both parties; the Legislature had, in turn, been investigating him for what they perceived as wrongdoing. All of this […]
Gov. Paul LePage quietly signed one of the most controversial bills of the session into law this week, as he affixed his signature to LD 652, “An Act To Authorize the Carrying of Concealed Handguns without a Permit.” The bill, sponsored by first-term Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, did not follow an easy path through the […]
On Monday night, Augusta Democrats — desperate to kill off as many good ideas to save taxpayers money as they could before session ended — held a series of debates and votes on welfare reform initiatives. Last year, welfare reform proved to be a crucial issue for Republicans across the state. GOP candidates, from Gov. […]
Over the weekend and into Monday, as leaders of the four party caucuses in the Maine Legislature finalized the details of their budget deal before rushing it to a vote Tuesday, no public notice was given of any meetings. No recorded votes were taken. We have no idea what was said in the party caucuses. […]