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Democratic lawmaker: GOP base ‘animated by racism’

Rep. Steve Israel’s comments address the House failure to act on an immigration bill.

Bills crack down on seafood labeling

State and U.S. legislators are concerned that consumers are paying for fresh and local but getting old and imported.

Health care law blasted at conservative summit in N.H.

But potential Republican contenders for the White House disagree on entitlement programs.

Somerset County officials oppose Legislature’s jail oversight bill

Some fear the county’s loss of veto power if the state reasserts authority over 15 county jails.

Gov. Chris Christie gets more time to respond to lawsuits from bridge closure

The traffic jam scandal could threaten the Republican governor’s political ambitions.

LePage’s plan for special ‘Open for Business Zones’ rejected by Senate

The governor calls the vote ‘the latest attack by job-killing liberal politicians.’

Medicaid expansion bill dies, can’t overcome LePage veto

The bill would have extended care to more than 60,000 low-income Mainers. LePage said he didn’t trust the federal government to follow through on its promise to pay for it.

Congressman’s infidelity leads to accusations of hypocrisy in Louisiana

Calls for Rep. McAllister to step down are very different from the support Republicans showed Sen. Vitter when he was linked to prostitutes in 2007.

LePage vetoes solar power rebate bill

The bill would have provided $1 million for a program for people who buy solar-powered systems.

Maine bill to expand state control of county jails wins widespread support

A legislator says the proposal would give the Board of Corrections tools to combat inefficiencies.

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