State House News
By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 11, 2017, at 2:24 p.m.
The Maine Legislature’s roadmap for implementing marijuana legalization took shape on Wednesday, with legislative leaders striking deals to delay most of the law until 2018 and form a committee to consider bills on the subject.
By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 09, 2017, at 6:28 p.m.
The Republican governor’s fourth and final two-year proposal is similar to the one two years ago that was largely rejected by the Legislature, which passed a budget over LePage’s veto in 2015.
By mshepherd and ccousins on Jan. 06, 2017, at 10:47 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.8 billion, two-year state budget proposal, released Friday night, would reduce Maine’s state employee workforce by approximately 500 and shift Maine to a flat income tax by 2020.
By Fred Bever, Maine Public on Dec. 27, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
A consumer subsidy for renewable power in Maine may be ending — or at least changing. It’s called the Class 1 Renewable Portfolio Standards program, and many stakeholders, including environmentalists, say it’s ready for reform.
By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 18, 2016, at 7:38 a.m.
It’s a race that could reshape Maine.
By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 11, 2016, at 7:26 a.m.
Four referendums passed by Maine voters last month will go into effect in January, but the political intrigue associated with them has just begun.
By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 09, 2016, at 4:31 p.m.
Maine’s new House speaker emerged from a meeting with Gov. Paul LePage to say they agreed to a path for legislative leaders to approve a new, privately run mental health facility in Augusta by 2016’s end.
By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 08, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
The Maine Ethics Commission voted in favor of a proposal that would require groups that donate more than $100,000 to a campaign in Maine to disclose information about themselves.
By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 07, 2016, at 4:55 p.m.
By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 07, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
As expected, the chambers elected Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, as House speaker and re-elected Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport.
By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 06, 2016, at 4:08 p.m.
“I’m looking for another location,” Gov. Paul LePage said. “They could only stop me on the East Campus [in Augusta]. Already I’m looking at Freeport right now. We’re looking up in the Bangor area. We’re looking down south.”
By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 29, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
The recount of hundreds of thousands of ballots associated with two referendum questions is set to begin and could take weeks.
By Michael Shepherd on Nov. 26, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The Republican insurgency into rural Maine during the era of Gov. Paul LePage may not wane when he leaves office in 2018.
By Darren Fishell on Nov. 16, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
Patrick Woodcock, the director of Gov. Paul LePage’s Energy Office, is stepping down from the position in December.
By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 14, 2016, at 9:31 p.m.
Democrats also elected Sen. Nathan Libby of Lewiston as their assistant minority leader.
By Michael Shepherd on Nov. 13, 2016, at 7:06 a.m.
It’s hard telling what voters indicated by shifting the Legislature slightly toward the political middle, but it’s clear that it’ll have a check on the governor during his final two years in the Blaine House.
By Michael Shepherd on Oct. 30, 2016, at 7:20 a.m.
Democrats are still favored over Republicans to win the Maine Legislature, but Republicans have a path to keeping the crucial Senate majority chambers, according to a Bangor Daily News analysis handicapping all 186 legislative races.
By Mal Leary on Oct. 27, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
The LePage administration’s plan to build a new facility for mentally ill patients next to the Riverview Psychiatric Center has hit another roadblock.
By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 25, 2016, at 12:40 p.m.
Two Republican state senators who have been accused of violating legislative reimbursement rules have requested a hearing in an effort to clear their names.
By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 08, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
In a letter Thursday morning to the Bangor Daily News, Evangelos wrote that Democratic legislative leaders in the House and Senate have “joined the cowardly Republicans to reject our appeal.”