Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto

State House Reporter

 
STATE & CAPITOL

Portland Council votes to boost minimum wage to $10.10 per hour

on July 07, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
Good Tuesday morning, everyone. Bernie Sanders spoke to thousands of people in Portland last night, and among the policy goals he outlined was an increase in the minimum wage. Simultaneously and just a few blocks away, the Portland City Council voted 6-3 to raise wages in that city, supporting a …
STATE & CAPITOL

Portland Council votes to boost minimum wage to $10.10 per hour

on July 07, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
Good Tuesday morning, everyone. Bernie Sanders spoke to thousands of people in Portland last night, and among the policy goals he outlined was an increase in the minimum wage. Simultaneously and just a few blocks away, the Portland City Council voted 6-3 to raise wages in that city, supporting a …
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd of about 9,000 at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Monday.

Bernie Sanders urges ‘political revolution’ in Portland

By Mario Moretto on July 06, 2015, at 8:54 p.m.
The 2016 election may be 16 months away, but you wouldn’t know it from the thousands of people who turned out Monday evening to cheer on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. What was scheduled as a town hall forum had …
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Thousands expected for Bernie Sanders in Portland tonight

on July 06, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta. We hope your Fourth of July weekend was full of grilled foods, good friends and fireworks viewed from a safe distance. While the holiday is behind us, we’re still scheduled for a quiet week in Augusta. Lawmakers are still in adjournment limbo until July 16 when …
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Fredette to march with Marco Rubio in NH July Fourth parade

on July 02, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
The top Republican in Maine’s House of Representatives has become the third high-ranking member of his party to endorse a candidate for president in 2016, throwing his support behind U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida. House Minority Leader Ken Fredette said Thursday that he will march with Rubio in the Independence …
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Gov. Paul LePage

LePage orders his chiefs to give him final say on new hires

By Mario Moretto on July 02, 2015, at 2:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA | In a memo sent to members of his Cabinet on Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage demanded that no new hire be made without his written approval. There are more than 1,000 vacant positions throughout the executive branch. LePage had proposed eliminating many of those jobs in the new …
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All’s quiet in Augusta, but #mepolitics sleeps for no one

on July 02, 2015, at 7:10 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta where things are (finally) quiet. The Legislature is away until July 16. There are no committee meetings scheduled between now and then. The budget is passed, bills have been acted upon, and all that’s left for lawmakers to do is let Gov. Paul LePage’s veto clock …
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shakes hands at Becky's Diner in Portland on Wednesday morning with Maine Gov. Paul LePage in tow. Later, LePage endorsed Christie for the Republican presidential nomination.

LePage endorses Chris Christie for president, says he’s ‘the real deal’

By Mario Moretto on July 01, 2015, at 12:09 p.m.
PORTLAND | On a rain-slickened patio above a bustling diner, Maine Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday morning became the first Republican governor in the nation to endorse a presidential candidate for 2016: Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. LePage described Christie as a mentor and a friend and thanked …
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Chris Christie headed to Portland Wednesday for ‘special announcement’

on June 30, 2015, at 8:03 p.m.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who on Tuesday announced his candidacy for president, will arrive at Becky’s Diner in Portland at 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to his official campaign schedule. Christie was in New Hampshire for a town hall forum Tuesday evening, when several journalists following him on the campaign …
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A sign bobs in the air during a rally where protesters called for an investigation into potential wrongdoing by Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday outside the State House in Augusta.

Behind dueling rallies at State House, divided views on LePage

By Mario Moretto on June 30, 2015, at 5:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA | While lawmakers spent their morning on Tuesday arguing whether to override Gov. Paul LePage’s budget veto, two groups of Maine voters were having their own conversation at the State House — about their views of the governor. Several dozen self-described conservative activists were first, turning up inside …
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Legislature to weigh $100 million in bonds for roadwork, senior housing

on June 30, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where the long-awaited final showdown on the $6.7 billion biennial budget is upon us. Gov. Paul LePage last night made good on his promise to veto the budget, teeing the spending bill up for veto override votes in the House and Senate today. If lawmakers fail …
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‘Declaration of Outrage’ rally against LePage planned at State House Tuesday

on June 29, 2015, at 5:22 p.m.
Two retired attorneys have organized a rally to support an investigation and possible impeachment of Gov. Paul LePage. The governor created a firestorm of controversy last week when he used the threat of lost state funding to get Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves fired from Good Will-Hinckley, a nonprofit organization …
 Rep. Benjamin Chipman

Lawmakers call for independent investigation into LePage-Eves scandal

By Mario Moretto on June 29, 2015, at 1:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A Republican state senator and three representatives in the House have filed separate requests for an investigation of Gov. Paul LePage’s interference in Good Will-Hinckley’s selection of Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves as its new president. Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, made his request in a letter delivered …
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Just what is Good Will-Hinckley? And what does its president do?

on June 26, 2015, at 1:49 p.m.
If you’re like me, you were probably only tangentially aware of Good Will-Hinckley before this week. Then news that Gov. Paul LePage pressured the nonprofit to fire Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves a month after it hired him exploded out of Augusta and around the state. (I’m not going to …
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LePage makes headlines as work of Legislature quietly continues

on June 26, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
Good Friday morning. Did you catch the news yesterday? It had been a while since Gov. Paul LePage made national headlines, but he did it again on Thursday. First it was for his involvement in House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, losing his new job as president of Good Will-Hinckley, …
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LePage makes headlines as work of Legislature quietly continues

on June 26, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
Good Friday morning. Did you catch the news yesterday? It had been a while since Gov. Paul LePage made national headlines, but he did it again on Thursday. First it was for his involvement in House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, losing his new job as president of Good Will-Hinckley. …
Gov. Paul LePage celebrates while taking the stage at his second inaugural in Augusta on Jan. 7. Speaker of the House Mark Eves applauds.

Will Eves-LePage controversy make Augusta even more dysfunctional?

By Mario Moretto on June 25, 2015, at 3:57 p.m.
With House Speaker Mark Eves fired before he started work as leader of Good Will-Hinckley School after Gov. Paul LePage threatened to pull more than $500,000 in annual state funding to his new employer, the bad blood in Augusta has gotten deeper than the flood stage it …

With adjournment on the horizon, Legislature still faces potential bond battle

By Mario Moretto on June 24, 2015, at 8:28 p.m.
AUGUSTA | It’s been a week since the Legislature blew past its scheduled adjournment date, and it’s going to be at least three more before lawmakers close the door on the session for good. There’s still several bills waiting for final votes, including several high-profile pieces of legislation, such …
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Legislature recesses after late-night session, but not without theatrics

on June 24, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers departed in the small hours this morning for a six-day break. The Legislature recessed after 1 a.m Wednesday without finishing its work for the session, but not without some drama that had the potential to throw the state into chaos. With very little left …
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LePage says he’ll push citizen’s initiative to slash the income tax

on June 23, 2015, at 11:03 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage, unhappy with lawmakers’ reluctance to embrace his goal of slashing and ultimately eliminating the income tax, is planning a workaround: A citizen’s initiative. LePage is still stewing about the Legislature’s rejection of his proposed constitutional amendment to kill the income tax. As written, the amendment would have …