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Rep. Mark Dion

Maine House passes bill to add drug agents but LePage threatens veto

By Scott Thistle on April 09, 2014, at 6:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The House of Representatives on Wednesday, with broad bipartisan support, passed a scaled-back version of a Gov. Paul LePage bill that would add drug enforcement agents, judges and prosecutors to the state’s payroll in an effort to bring under control the state’s growing opiate drug problems. The …
STATE & CAPITOL (blog)

Bills to give residents of Unorganized Territory more say in wind deals are dead

on April 09, 2014, at 5:01 p.m.
Two bills that would have given residents of Maine’s Unorganized Territory more say in wind development deals suffered the most unceremonious of legislative fates last week — death between the chambers.
Rep. Peggy Rotundo

Fix for Maine’s Medicaid waitlist unlikely to sway opposition to program expansion

By Scott Thistle on April 09, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA | An early morning fix to the state’s 2015 budget shortfall Wednesday, which includes a way to drastically reduce the numbers on a state waitlist for Medicaid coverage, likely had little effect on the debate about whether Maine should expand its low-income health care program, MaineCare. On Wednesday, …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage vetoes Medicaid expansion, calls the effort ‘ruinous’ for Maine’s future

By Mario Moretto on April 09, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.
AUGUSTA | As expected, Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 70,000 low-income Mainers and dramatically overhaul the administration of the program by outsourcing it to managed care organizations. The Legislature gave final enactment to the bill on March 28, starting …
POLL QUESTION
Robert Pelletier's home on Long Lake.

Sen. Troy Jackson bill sought to help Aroostook County man avoid fines for lakefront clearing development

By Naomi Schalit and John Christie, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on April 09, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A state senator and candidate for Congress last month tried to get special legislation passed to help a single constituent by undoing part of a legal agreement with the state designed to protect a lake in Aroostook County. State Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, said his bill would …
Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport

Deal in the works to win LePage’s support for drug that can stop heroin overdose

By Mario Moretto on April 09, 2014, at 11:54 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A deal is in the works to win Gov. Paul LePage’s support for a proposal to make naloxone — a life-saving, overdose-stopping drug — more readily available, said the bill’s sponsor. Naloxone, also known by its brand name, Narcan, blocks opioid receptors in the drug user’s brain, …
SUSAN DENCH (blog)

Gay marriage proponents, intolerant toward those who disagree, are squandering their progress

on April 09, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
With last week’s forced resignation of JavaScript inventor and Mozilla co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich, there is little doubt that bullies are exerting control over freedom of speech. What heinous transgression did Eich possibly commit to get tossed from the company he was recently tapped to run? He contributed $1,000 …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage veto of Medicaid expansion likely today

By Mario Moretto on April 09, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Today is the deadline for Gov. Paul LePage to take action on a bill that would expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 70,000 low-income Mainers and dramatically overhaul the administration of the program by outsourcing it to managed care organizations. The Legislature gave final enactment to the bill …
From the community

Woods names Mentzinger campaign manager

on April 09, 2014, at 10:13 a.m.
FALMOUTH — Stephen M. Woods has named Bob Mentzinger campaign manager in his bid to represent state Senate District 25. Woods, of Yarmouth, is president and CEO of TideSmart Global, an international marketing firm based in Falmouth that employs 75. He also serves as chairman of the Yarmouth Town Council …
Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks to members of the World Affairs Council in Portland, Oregon April 8, 2014.

Hillary Clinton not running (yet), but groups use her name to raise money

By Andy Sullivan, Reuters on April 09, 2014, at 8:10 a.m.
WASHINGTON — As former secretary of state Hillary Clinton weighs a run for president in 2016, at least a dozen independent groups, from the serious to the mysterious, have sprung up to raise money in her name. Sporting names such as Madam Hillary 2016, HillaryFTW and other variations on Clinton’s …
MIKE TIPPING (blog)

How the Koch brothers are killing Medicaid expansion in Maine

on April 09, 2014, at 6:24 a.m.
In December of last year, Maine Representative Brian Duprey (R-Hampden) posted a photo to Facebook from a presentation at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference he was attending Washington D.C. ALEC is a secretive organization that serves as a pipeline into state legislatures for corporate-backed policies. “Watching my good …
Senator Roger Katz, R-Augusta

At State House, burst of pre-dawn votes bridges $30M deficit — but will LePage agree?

By Christopher Cousins on April 09, 2014, at 4:57 a.m.
The bipartisan plan early Wednesday morning would cut waiting lists for people with developmental disabilities and possibly save nursing homes.
 
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