Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto

State House Reporter

 
STATE & CAPITOL

Caught in middle of Iran debate, Angus King to question Obama officials

on July 29, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta.  Response briefs are due at noon today in the case of the 65 laws currently in dispute by Gov. Paul LePage. As you know, LePage believes the Legislature must consider his attempted vetoes, but most lawmakers — including the Senate president and House speaker — say …
STATE & CAPITOL

Caught in middle of Iran debate, Angus King to question Obama officials

on July 29, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta.  Response briefs are due at noon today in the case of the 65 laws currently in dispute by Gov. Paul LePage. As you know, LePage believes the Legislature must consider his attempted vetoes, but most lawmakers — including the Senate president and House speaker — say …
Andrew Bossie, president of Mainers for Accountable Elections, speaks with news reporters outside the State House on Tuesday as the organization launches the Yes on Question 1 campaign, which supports campaign finance reform.

Campaign for Maine finance reform ballot question kicks off

By Mario Moretto on July 28, 2015, at 6:50 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Supporters of broad campaign finance reform officially kicked off their referendum campaign Tuesday during a rally outside the State House. Question 1 on November’s ballot will ask Mainers whether to adopt myriad changes to Maine’s campaign finance and election laws. The “yes” campaign is being spearheaded by …
Gov. Paul LePage arrives by canoe to the opening ceremonies of the 2014 World Acadian Congress on the shores of Beau Lake in Quebec.

Probe of LePage’s role in World Acadian Congress president’s resignation sought

By Mario Moretto on July 28, 2015, at 5:12 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Two Democratic lawmakers are requesting that the Legislature’s watchdog group investigate an allegation that Gov. Paul LePage pressured the former president of the World Acadian Congress to resign. The request, submitted Tuesday to the Government Oversight Committee by Reps. Roland “Danny” Martin of Sinclair and Robert Saucier …
STATE & CAPITOL

U.S. House unanimously approves Pingree bill to help military sex abuse victims

on July 28, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where a referendum campaign aimed at election reform is slated to hold its kickoff event later today.  Mainers for Accountable Elections is running a campaign urging Mainers to vote yes on Question 1 on the referendum ballot in November. The initiated legislation in question would expand of …
STATE & CAPITOL

U.S. House passes Pingree bill to help military sex abuse victims

on July 28, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where a referendum campaign aimed at election reform is slated to hold its kickoff event later today.  Mainers for Accountable Elections is running a campaign urging Mainers to vote yes on Question 1 on the referendum ballot in November. The initiated legislation in question would expand of …
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Portlanders have their say about the city's next mayor. Clockwise from upper left, Roger Goodoak of Maine Homeless Veterans Alliance would like the next mayor of Portland hold regular office hours where the public could speak to him or her directly. Morgan Ditmars of Portland wants the next mayor to do more about what she sees as a rise in the city's homeless population. Chris Hall of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce points out that the office of Mayor in Portland isn't endowed with much executive power.

With mayoral election on the horizon, what are top issues facing Portland?

By Mario Moretto on July 28, 2015, at 5:49 a.m.
It will be late August before the slate of mayoral candidates in Maine’s largest city is set, and perhaps it will be even later before the average Portlander really begins paying attention to the race. But the key issues that will face the next mayor are in …
STATE & CAPITOL

Handwritten note from LePage seizes #mepolitics spotlight

on July 27, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
Good Monday morning.  You know it’s slow season in Augusta when the buzziest piece of political ephemera is a letter from the governor to a retired librarian in Cape Elizabeth (who happens to be the mother of Reuters reporter Andy Sullivan). Sullivan says his mother, Louise Sullivan, sent Gov. Paul …
STATE & CAPITOL

Handwritten note from LePage seizes #mepolitics spotlight

on July 27, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
Good Monday morning.  You know it’s slow season in Augusta when the buzziest piece of political ephemera is a letter from the governor to a retired librarian in Cape Elizabeth (who happens to be the mother of Reuters reporter Andy Sullivan). Sullivan says his mother, Louise Sullivan, sent Gov. Paul …
Lance Libby (from left) Adrienne Bennett and Peter Steele of the governor's office carry 65 veto letters up to the Legislature at the State House Thursday morning in Augusta. Legislative leaders and the governor filed written arguments with the Maine high court over the disputed vetoes.

Arguments filed with high court over disputed LePage vetoes

By Mario Moretto on July 24, 2015, at 6:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage, legislative leaders, the attorney general and several advocacy groups made their cases to the state’s highest court Friday, submitting detailed legal briefs in a dispute over whether 65 bills are in law or vetoed. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will consider the written briefs …
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (left) talks with legion member Ronald Cropley at the American Legion Conference at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor June 20, 2015.

Pingree, Poliquin united against bill to ban GMO labeling

By Mario Moretto on July 24, 2015, at 6:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s two congressional representatives don’t always see eye to eye but they joined forces this week against a proposed law that would ban states from requiring food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically modified organisms. U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, and Bruce Poliquin, R-2nd District, …
STATE & CAPITOL

Angus King co-sponsors bill to outlaw LGBT discrimination nationwide

on July 24, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta.  Attorneys for Gov. Paul LePage and for the state Legislature are finalizing initial briefs to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court today. Written testimonies from those parties, and anyone else, are due 4 p.m. on the questions posed by LePage about whether he can veto 65 bills …
STATE & CAPITOL

Angus King co-sponsors bill to outlaw LGBT discrimination nationwide

on July 24, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta.  Attorneys for Gov. Paul LePage and for the state Legislature are finalizing initial briefs to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court today. Written testimonies from those parties, and anyone else, are due 4 p.m. on the questions posed by LePage about whether he can veto 65 bills …
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Customers wait outside for a table at Marcy's Diner in Portland on Thursday despite the recent controversy over owner Darla Neugebauer screaming at a family whose young child wouldn'’t stop crying.

Despite screaming owner controversy, Marcy’s as busy as ever

By Mario Moretto on July 23, 2015, at 4:46 p.m.
PORTLAND | National headlines, torrents of criticism from parents and threats of protest meant little to the line of hungry customers spilling out of Marcy’s Diner Thursday morning. Controversy erupted last weekend after Marcy’s owner Darla Neugebauer screamed at a family whose young child wouldn’t stop crying for more …
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Rep. Larry Dunphy

Maine lawmaker leaves GOP, citing undue influence of parties

By Mario Moretto on July 22, 2015, at 12:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Rep. Larry Dunphy, a third-term lawmaker from Embden, has announced he will leave the Republican Party. Dunphy made the decision public in a column published Wednesday by the Bangor Daily News. The column was written jointly by Dunphy and Brian Jones, a former Democratic lawmaker who also …
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Is Maine hunting under siege? A new group fears so

on July 22, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, Things remain mostly quiet here under the dome, but yesterday, a small group of hunting advocates assembled in the Hall of Flags to launch a new group to extol the benefits of hunting on the economy.  The group, Hunting Works for Maine — modeled after similar “Hunting Works” …
Senate President Mike Thibodeau is seen in this July 16, 2015, file photo.

Top lawmakers from both parties to fight LePage at Law Court

By Mario Moretto on July 21, 2015, at 4:39 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The top Democrat and Republican in the Maine Legislature will present a united front to the state’s high court in a legal conflict over 65 disputed vetoes by Gov. Paul LePage. Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, and House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, will file a joint …

Maine’s 2015 legislative session by the numbers

By Mario Moretto on July 21, 2015, at 12:48 p.m.
The first regular session of the 127th Maine Legislature is over. Like spring becoming summer, the end of the legislative session ushers in the next phase of the political calendar, commemorated by the media and other watchers under the dome: The season of post-session analysis. Expect to see lots of …
The sun sets on the State House in Augusta Tuesday night as lawmakers prepared for a late session.

Maine’s 2015 legislative session by the numbers

By Mario Moretto on July 21, 2015, at 12:21 p.m.
The first regular session of the 127th Maine Legislature is over. Like spring becoming summer, the end of the legislative session ushers in the next phase of the political calendar, commemorated by the media and other watchers under the dome: The season of post-session analysis. Expect to see lots of …
Chief Justice Leigh Saufley (right) and Justice Donald Alexander of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court are seen in this September 2013 file photo.

Maine’s top court puts LePage’s veto dispute on fast track

By Mario Moretto on July 20, 2015, at 5:39 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s highest court said Monday it would move quickly to address Gov. Paul LePage’s request for an opinion on whether he could veto bills the Legislature says have already become law. “The governor has indicated that time is of the essence. Accordingly, the following expedited schedule is …