State House News
By Michael Shepherd on May 30, 2016, at 9:13 a.m.
The 10 Maine Senate nominations to be decided on June 14 will either alter the campaign calculus for determining control of the next Senate or pick runaway general election favorites.
By Dawn Gagnon on May 29, 2016, at 1:49 p.m.
Laws signed by the governor in 2012 and 2013 have made it quicker and easier for veterans with relevant military training and experience to obtain occupational licensing.
By Christopher Cousins on May 29, 2016, at 8 a.m.
Voters in November will be asked again whether they want state funding for education to reach 55 percent. This time the referendum identifies a funding source.
By Christopher Cousins on May 26, 2016, at 3:01 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage continued to sidestep the law regarding legislative confirmation of top administrators Tuesday when he appointed Debra Plowman of Hampden as “temporary deputy education commissioner.”
By Christopher Cousins on May 25, 2016, at 6:14 p.m.
The governor’s spokesman Peter Steele said Wednesday afternoon that Maine is not a plaintiff in the suit but that the governor has signed on to it “pro se,” which means on his own personal behalf.
By Steve Mistler, MPBN on May 20, 2016, at 3 p.m.
The hearing follows a report that raised questions about the 2014 poaching raid, the conduct of an undercover agent and whether the operation was fueled by the presence of a reality TV crew.
By Anthony Brino on May 19, 2016, at 1:04 p.m.
By A.J. Higgins, MPBN on May 09, 2016, at 7:33 p.m.
The Portland Press Herald reported that the sting in Allagash involved an undercover warden who shot a deer illegally in order to win the trust of a suspected poacher.
By Scott Thistle on May 01, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
Maine lawmakers were licking their wounds and notching their belts, taking stock of what they did and didn’t get done for their constituents while finishing up the second half of the 127th legislative session Friday.
By Christopher Cousins on April 29, 2016, at 8:49 p.m.
As the 127th Legislature took what are likely to be its final votes and adjourned until next year, political observers diverted their gaze from the present to the future.
By Scott Thistle on April 28, 2016, at 5:59 p.m.
In what could be a blow to public access to Maine’s State House proceedings, Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon, is questioning whether legislative committee meetings should continue to be recorded and archived.
By Michael Shepherd on April 28, 2016, at 8:57 a.m.
Legislators will return to the State House on Friday to vote on overriding at least 33 vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage, with bills at stake that would expand access to an heroin overdose antidote and reform Maine’s solar industry.
By Christopher Cousins on April 26, 2016, at 5:50 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that he will withdraw the executive branch completely from participating in a commission aimed at reforming Maine’s public schools funding formula because he is “fed up” with media coverage of his statements and actions as governor.
By Mal Leary on April 26, 2016, at 7:59 a.m.
“This entire commission is about public education,” Rep. Sara Gideon said. “Every member of the public should be able to weigh in should they want to.”
By Christopher Cousins on April 25, 2016, at 5:16 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage and his education chief want every student in Maine to reach grade-level proficiency in reading by third grade.
Bangor Daily News on April 22, 2016, at 6:09 p.m.
The one-year funding proposal represents a short-term fix for cash-strapped county jails.
By Christopher Cousins on April 19, 2016, at 8:53 p.m.
LePage’s comments came about two weeks after claimed a southern Maine company was about to shed 900 jobs.
By Christopher Cousins on April 16, 2016, at 1:31 p.m.
What a difference a year makes.
By Scott Thistle on April 16, 2016, at 10:57 a.m.
“This bill finally gives Mainers what they’ve wanted,” Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, said.
By Michael Shepherd on April 15, 2016, at 10:02 p.m.
It’s a bid to keep Maine’s four biomass power plants running after two others closed this year, citing low energy prices.