Tag: maine legislature

  • Published
    August 4, 2014

    Union PAC that spent $22 million in 2012 forms in Maine

    Workers Voice, the AFL-CIO’s super political action committee that spent over $22 million nationwide in the 2012 elections, has arrived in Maine. According to filings with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, Workers Voice registered as a PAC July 8. The arrival of Workers Voice is potentially significant to the gubernatorial and legislative races […]

  • Published
    July 18, 2014

    Viewing the LePage-Democrats nursing home dust-up through the Election lens

                        It’s difficult not to view the nursing home kerfuffle and its eventual solution through the lens of the gubernatorial race. The blame-and-guilt rhetoric alone was a good sign that a serious and complex issue was simplified for electoral purposes. Then there was the unlikely scenario of reaching […]

  • Published
    June 17, 2014

    The partisanship and success of Maine legislators in two charts

    A web developer at the Sunlight Foundation has pulled together an interesting interactive that measures current state lawmakers’ partisanship and their success passing legislation. Thom Neale, the developer, used two methodologies to plot the graphic, which he explains in detail in his blog post. Naturally, some will quibble with his chosen data points, particularly on lawmakers’ […]

  • Published
    June 6, 2014

    Maine lawmaker, veteran says LePage VA investigation stinks

    It’s obvious, and certainly not a surprise, that Republican Gov. Paul LePage, his state communications staff and his reelection campaign are going to use the Veterans Administration waiting list scandal to batter U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democrat attempting to unseat the governor in November. Even on Thursday, when Michaud unveiled his plan to create an […]

  • Published
    June 3, 2014

    In Maine county sheriff’s race, another LLC, another layer of intrigue

    Roy Lenardson, president of Strategic Advocacy – John Patriquin/Staff photographer As if the Democratic primary in the Cumberland County Sheriff’s race couldn’t get stranger. First came the $100,000 money bomb from Citizens for a Safe Cumberland County, a political action committee dumping mailers and radio ads alleging unsafe conditions and inmate sex at the Cumberland County Jail under […]