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    May 5, 2020

    Gov. Mills rebuffs Republican criticism over administration’s pandemic response

    Gov. Janet Mills is disputing claims by Republican lawmakers that she failed to communicate with them as her Democratic administration formulated its response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Maine, including declaring a civil emergency and preparing a plan for reopening the economy. The governor’s press secretary, Lindsay Crete, said Monday that Mills has had numerous conversations with leaders of both parties. She …

  • Published
    December 7, 2018

    Long recount could leave Maine’s 2nd District seat vacant when Congress begins new term

    The recount that began Thursday in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race could leave the seat vacant and the district without representation when Congress convenes in January. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and a Republican House staff member involved in the seating decision issued conflicting opinions on the matter Thursday, making it uncertain whether Maine will have a 2nd District representative if the …

  • Published
    December 6, 2018

    Federal judge says he’ll rule soon on Rep. Poliquin’s challenge of Maine’s ranked-choice voting process

    Attorneys for U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and U.S. Rep.-elect Jared Golden argued in federal court Wednesday about the constitutionality of Maine’s ranked-choice voting law, the election process that propelled Golden to a victory over the two-term incumbent Poliquin in November. Poliquin’s lawyers are asking U.S. District Judge Lance Walker to rule that the law, passed by voters in November 2016 and affirmed with a …

  • Published
    August 17, 2018

    Maine Ethics Commission votes to release campaign cash held up by typo, politics

    The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices voted Thursday to authorize up to $3.5 million in Clean Elections payments that had been held up in the Legislature because of a typographical error. The 3-1 vote by the panel, made up of two Republicans and two Democrats, makes money available to about 200 candidates for the Legislature and one candidate for governor who qualified for public …

  • Published
    July 16, 2018

    New laws aimed at opioid epidemic survive governor's veto

    After two years of virtually no progress, the most recent session of the Legislature finally produced what treatment advocates regard as meaningful responses to Maine’s epidemic of opioid abuse. Three new laws moved forward earlier this month, despite veto attempts by Republican Gov. Paul LePage. The first funds the creation of a so-called $6.6 million “hub-and-spoke” initiative to align treatment and recovery …

  • Published
    June 28, 2018

    Commission decides Clean Election candidates will get only partial payments

    The state commission that oversees Maine Clean Election Act funding voted unanimously Wednesday to dole out only about a third of the campaign cash that candidates should be receiving under the program. The 4-0 vote came after the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices learned that Republican Gov. Paul LePage has twice refused to sign financial orders that would authorize the commission to use …

  • Published
    June 10, 2018

    Federal judge rejects Max Linn’s last-ditch effort to run in Maine Republican primary

    A federal judge on Friday rejected a request by supporters of Max Linn to declare that Secretary of State Matt Dunlap violated the law when he rejected nominating petitions bearing their signatures and disqualified Linn from the June 12 Republican U.S. Senate primary. The ruling killed Linn’s hopes to run against state Sen. Eric Brakey for the Republican nomination for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Angus King, an …

  • Published
    May 30, 2018

    He’s disqualified as a U.S. Senate candidate, but Max Linn is still posting campaign signs

    Even though Maine’s highest court has told Max Linn that he isn’t a qualified candidate, the Bar Harbor businessman is still on the campaign trail. Max Linn was disqualified after his nomination petition was found to include signatures of voters who were no longer alive. The would-be U.S. Senate candidate is posting signs across Maine declaring that he is “Trump strong.” The trouble is, a vote for Linn in the …

  • Published
    May 2, 2018

    Maine lawmakers overturn LePage’s veto of recreational marijuana bill

    The Maine House of Representatives voted 109-39 Wednesday to overturn a veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage that would have again stalled the legal sale of recreational marijuana in Maine. The Senate quickly followed suit. With the votes on Wednesday, Maine is taking a major step toward implementing legalized recreational use of the drug. The Legislature was bouncing about 20 vetoes back and forth between the …

  • Published
    March 9, 2018

    Legislature’s investigative arm to probe 2 child deaths and role of Maine DHHS

    The investigative arm of the Legislature will launch a probe into the recent deaths of two Maine children who were slain in their homes after months of abuse, and how the Department of Health and Human Services and other public agencies failed to protect them. “The system has clearly failed her, we all failed her,” Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, said Friday in reference to 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy. “Who reported …

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