Tag: maine legislature

  • Published
    March 6, 2015

    Morning Briefing 3.6.15: Hawaii isn’t America, enemies are friends, candidacy traded for advocacy & the dean of women

    Good morning, It’s been a busy week at the State House. It will slow down a bit Friday. The Transportation Committee will hold a number of public hearings and potentially vote on two cellphone bills that were reviewed last week. The Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee will continue to hold public hearings on the governor’s […]

  • Published
    March 4, 2015

    New LePage policy advisor named an award after himself

    Aaron Chadbourne, a senior policy advisor to Gov. Paul LePage, once launched a failed effort to create an award at Harvard University — and name it after himself. According to his website, Chadbourne is a Gorham native who recently joined the administration to advise on policy matters, including the governor’s budget, which this year contains a sweeping […]

  • Published
    March 4, 2015

    Morning Briefing: LePage ready for ‘battle,’ Cain ready for fundraising & a public ready for secrets

    Good morning, Gov. Paul LePage will continue his budget and tax tour Wednesday with two stops in Bangor. The first will be a luncheon with the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a conservative advocacy group. MHPC is using the event as a fundraiser. Tickets were $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers. It will be interesting […]

  • Published
    March 2, 2015

    Morning Briefing 3.2.15: Pretzel logic, hardball, context and a conviction

    State Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, had to perform some verbal Jiu jitsu Friday. Or Aikido. Or whatever martial arts discipline that leaves its practitioner vulnerable to self-inflicted wounds. Brakey presented his bill to repeal Maine’s seat belt law to the Transportation Committee just two days after a 75-car pileup left a stretch of I-95 west of […]

  • Published
    February 27, 2015

    Morning Briefing 2.27.15: Distractions, confrontations & explanations

    We’ve all seen it. Skid marks on straight stretches of road that lead to crumpled guardrails. The car ahead creeping along for no apparent reason. The guy who reflexively looks both ways before darting into an intersection, but who pulls into oncoming traffic because the voice machine affixed to his ear has apparently told him […]

  • Published
    February 24, 2015

    Morning Briefing 2.24.15: Soft parade of opponents, evolutions & slingshots

    The parade of opponents to Gov. Paul LePage’s tax overhaul continued Monday as lawmakers on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs and Taxation committees received testimony on proposed increases to the sales tax and broadening the tax to include new goods and services. As was the case last week on hearings devoted to the income tax […]

  • Published
    February 23, 2015

    Morning Briefing 2.23.15: Getting clean, NRA unites with SAM, trash cash & Dems’ alternative

    Happy Monday. Lawmakers are returning from break this week. Some, specifically those on the Appropriations and Taxation committees, never really left as the committee held several hearings last week on the governor’s two-year budget. The public hearings will continue on the budget Monday and through the week. Members of legislative leadership were largely absent, although […]

  • Published
    February 19, 2015

    Morning Briefing 2.19.15: Pivots, reversals & guns

    Good morning and, for some of you, happy shoveling. Thursday marks the third consecutive day of public hearings on the governor’s budget and related tax overhaul before the Legislature’s budget and taxation committees. The hearings have been linked to specific portions of the budget and the tax plan in particular. Tuesday’s hearing was devoted to […]

  • Published
    February 17, 2015

    Morning Briefing 2.17.15: Hearings, elections and extensions

    Good morning. Most state lawmakers are on break this week, but the budget writing committee will be busy. Tuesday marks the beginning of what promises to be long public hearings on Gov. Paul LePage’s budget. The committee isn’t easing into this, either. The panel on Tuesday will begin taking testimony on the various portions of […]

  • Published
    February 13, 2015

    Morning Briefing 2.13.15: Lawsuits, tax stats mergers & David Carr

    Yes! More snow. ‘Cause we need it. Yeah. Light schedule at the State House on Friday. The budget committee will discuss and possibly vote a number of bills, including a supplemental budget proposal designed to bail out at least five county jails running deficits. The proposal has been altered since it was introduced Tuesday. First, […]


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