Matthew Stone

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Democrats pass changes to GOP insurance law they campaigned against

By Matthew Stone on June 17, 2013, at 6:04 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Democrats in the Maine Legislature took steps Monday toward rolling back portions of a 2011 Republican-backed health insurance overhaul law. Democrats made the law a central theme last year in their campaign to recapture control of the Legislature. The House and Senate voted largely along party lines …

House, Senate defeat bills adding new restrictions to welfare assistance

By Matthew Stone on June 17, 2013, at 1:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Both chambers of the Maine Legislature on Monday voted down a pair of Republican-backed bills that sought to add new restrictions to the state’s primary welfare cash assistance program. One bill, which was defeated in an 85-55 House vote, would have barred some Mainers convicted of drug …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage vetoes another five bills

By Matthew Stone on June 14, 2013, at 6:44 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage handed down five vetoes Friday afternoon, rejecting three bills that would have required new executive branch working groups, a measure to prevent the state from contracting with foreign loggers and legislation to allow psychiatrists practicing in underserved areas to qualify for loan forgiveness. The …
After preparing and serving lunch at the Salvation Army in Bangor, Kenneth Pelkey (right) of Howland and Herbert Skidgel of Bangor sit down to enjoy their own lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. Pelkey and Skidgel are developmentally disabled and participants in the Downeast Horizons Bangor Day Program. "The more you help people, the more they feel good inside," said Skidgel of the volunteer work Downeast Horizon clients do on a monthly basis by planning, serving and cleaning up at The Salvation Army.

Why can’t Maine eliminate the community services waiting list for elderly, disabled residents?

By Matthew Stone on June 14, 2013, at 3:06 p.m.
As State House debate intensified on expanding Medicaid in recent months, Republicans opposed to the initiative, including Gov. Paul LePage, argued that Maine shouldn’t extend health coverage to 50,000 nondisabled adults without children while elderly people and people with disabilities remain on waitlists for community and home support services. “Today, …
State Senator Roger J. Katz, R-Augusta.

Maine Legislature sends hospital debt bill, LePage’s top priority, to his desk

By Matthew Stone on June 13, 2013, at 10:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Senate gave final passage Thursday night to Gov. Paul LePage’s top priority of the legislative session: paying back Maine’s $484 million hospital debt. The unanimous, 35-0 Senate vote followed a unanimous House vote earlier Thursday. The measure now heads to LePage, who first proposed in …

Senate again passes Medicaid expansion 23-12, falling short of veto-proof margin

By Matthew Stone on June 13, 2013, at 10:45 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Senate took a final vote Thursday night to pass an expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, but Democrats again fell short of attracting enough Republican votes to override a likely veto from Gov. Paul LePage. The bill now heads to LePage’s desk. …
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Matt Stone

Budget amendments cover familiar ground

on June 13, 2013, at 1:02 p.m.
Lawmakers have submitted more than 20 amendments for their colleagues to consider as the Maine House takes its first formal look at the two-year state budget deal Thursday afternoon. Some are technical changes, but many cover familiar ground and mark final attempts by individual lawmakers to accomplish goals they outlined …
US. Rep. Mike Michaud

Michaud registers campaign website, officially explores Blaine House bid

By Matthew Stone on June 13, 2013, at 10:49 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud said Thursday he’s taking the first steps toward running for governor next year, announcing that he’s forming an exploratory committee and launching a website. The Democratic congressman from Maine’s 2nd District has said for months he has been weighing a run for the …
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GOP leader says ‘man’s brain’ tells him Medicaid expansion isn’t free

on June 12, 2013, at 6:46 p.m.
House Republican Leader Kenneth Fredette cited his “man’s brain” way of thinking Wednesday in explaining his opposition to expanding Medicaid. Some on the other side of the aisle swiftly rebuked him, and he apologized. During a speech on the House floor Wednesday morning, the Newport representative compared the debate on …

House Medicaid expansion compromise vote falls short of threshold to overcome LePage veto

By Matthew Stone on June 12, 2013, at 12:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House on Wednesday agreed to a compromise measure that would allow the state to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act but cut off the expansion after three years. The measure managed to attract slightly more support than the Medicaid expansion bill attracted in …

GOP lawmaker’s proposal to add services for disabled to Medicaid expansion would cost $75 million

By Matthew Stone on June 11, 2013, at 8:14 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Republican representative’s proposal to provide services to hundreds of people with disabilities on waiting lists would add a $75-million-a-year price tag to a bill that would expand Maine’s Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Rep. Deborah Sanderson of Chelsea said Tuesday she plans to …
The State House in Augusta.

Maine House overwhelmingly supports GMO labeling requirement

By Matthew Stone on June 11, 2013, at 1:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House took a step Tuesday toward requiring genetically modified food products carry special labels. If the measure ultimately becomes law, its success will depend on action taken by lawmakers in four nearby states. The Maine House voted to support a bill, LD 718, that would …
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State Reps. Elizabeth Dickerson, D-Rockland (left) and Lisa Villa, D-Harrison, celebrate after a vote in the Maine House of Representatives on Tuesday that would prohibit the commercial slaughter of horses in the state.

Maine House says ‘whoa’ to horse slaughter for human consumption

By Matthew Stone on June 11, 2013, at 11:40 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House on Tuesday took a first step toward banning commercial horse slaughter for consumption by humans. The House voted 94-49 for a bill, LD 1286, that would make any commercial horse slaughter for human consumption illegal in the state. The legislation also would ban the …
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage delivers his State of the State address in in the house chambers in Augusta on Tuesday Feb. 5, 2013.

LePage supporters launch ad opposing budget deal

By Matthew Stone and Seth Koenig on June 10, 2013, at 6:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A conservative advocacy group associated with Gov. Paul LePage will begin running television ads opposing a budget deal reached by lawmakers last week. Maine People Before Politics, a group that evolved from the Republican governor’s 2010 transition fund, is launching a television ad campaign starting Tuesday pressuring …

Budget deal would eliminate clean elections funds in gubernatorial race

By Matthew Stone on June 10, 2013, at 3:24 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Running as a clean elections candidate wouldn’t be an option for hopefuls in next year’s gubernatorial contest under a budget compromise crafted last week by Republican and Democratic legislators. But while public campaign financing would be off the table in the race for the Blaine House, it …

House votes 131-7 to support compromise bill that addresses natural gas, efficiency

By Matthew Stone on June 07, 2013, at 4:22 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Members of the Maine House followed suit with their Senate colleagues Friday, greenlighting a comprehensive energy bill with a decisive 131-7 vote. The bill is a far-reaching proposal aimed at expanding New England ’s natural gas infrastructure, boosting funding for energy efficiency, directly lowering businesses’ electricity costs …
Maine Gov. Paul LePage shakes hands after giving his State of the State address in the house chambers in Augusta in February.

LePage threatens veto as lawmakers work to finalize budget details

By Matthew Stone on June 07, 2013, at 2:57 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Budget writers in the Legislature worked to finalize the details of their bipartisan budget deal Friday while attention shifted to whether the package they crafted can pass the Legislature with enough support to withstand a veto threatened by Gov. Paul LePage. The Legislature’s Appropriations Committee arrived at …

Senate passes energy bill in 28-7 vote after rejecting LePage-backed amendments

By Matthew Stone on June 06, 2013, at 7:46 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Senate gave overwhelming support to a comprehensive energy bill Thursday, voting 28-7 in favor of a far-reaching measure aimed at expanding New England ’s natural gas infrastructure, boosting funding for energy efficiency, directly lowering businesses’ electricity costs and making it more affordable for residents to …
Gov. Paul LePage signs a veto letter he delivered to the Legislature instantly on May 23 after the Senate gave final passage to a bill that links repayment of Maine's hospital debt with an expansion of Medicaid.

Senate lets 2 more LePage vetoes stand, including one that House voted to override

By Matthew Stone on June 06, 2013, at 5:50 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s perfect veto streak remained intact Thursday as the Senate let two more of his vetoes stand, including a veto that was overridden in a House vote earlier this week. The Senate voted 22-13 to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would require …
The State House in Augusta.

Assistant GOP leader offers Senate compromise on Medicaid expansion, measure passed 23-12

By Matthew Stone on June 06, 2013, at 1:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Senate voted 23-12 Thursday to allow the state to expand its Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Senators voted on a compromise measure offered by the Senate’s assistant Republican leader, Roger Katz of Augusta, that managed to attract more Republican support than the …
 
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