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  • Friday Jan 23, 2015 | 3:03 pm

    Special election date set for House District 93

    The race to fill a vacancy in House District 93 is on. The Maine Secretary of State announced Friday that the special election will be held March 10. The district includes the towns of Owls Head and Rockland. The vacancy was created by the resignation of former state Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson, D-Rockland, who moved to Colorado. Dickerson’s resignation letter was received by the Legislature on Thursday. Gov. Paul LePage signed […]

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    Friday Jan 23, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing 1.23.15: Dems’ dilemma, Gov. Giants Fan & timely meetings

    A lot has been written about Republican lawmakers’ silence on the governor’s two-year budget proposal and tax overhaul. Overlooked, however, is that Democrats aren’t saying much about it, either. Or doing much, really. At least publicly. On Wednesday Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves and Senate minority leader Justin Alfond kicked off their jobs tour. The event received a fair amount of attention from television media. Print media covered it, too. […]

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    Thursday Jan 22, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing 1.22.15: Yummy & Mitch, mapping property tax relief & the SCOTUS kissoff

    >   Good morning. We’re just going to leave this here: Met with Yummy and Mitch from “Down East Dickering” to discuss domestic violence awareness. #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/1F0e2LPJfx — Paul R. LePage (@Governor_LePage) January 21, 2015 You’re welcome. Now, on to the Briefing … As the Kennbec Journal’s Mike Shepherd reported Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage called Verso Paper “bottom feeders” for the company’s pending sale of the paper mill in Bucksport […]

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  • Wednesday Jan 21, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing: 1.21.15: LePage, Eves fire up message machines

    .@Governor_LePage has activated his Hall of Flags TV to push tax proposal #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/RRNzayQFXB — Steve Mistler (@stevemistler) January 20, 2015   Gov. Paul LePage’s budget and tax proposal continue to dominant politics news. As you can see, the governor has activated his once disputed TV to broadcast political messages into the Hall of Flags. Currently, those messages are all budget related. Meanwhile, leadership and rank and file Republicans continue […]

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    Tuesday Jan 20, 2015 | 8:42 am

    Morning Briefing: 01.20.15: Forest cops, budget talks and ‘standardized’ beer pints

    The pace of life around the State House is starting to quicken as legislative committees begin to meet. We will learn more about specific areas of Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.3 billion budget throughout the week when commissioners and program directors give presentations to members of the budget-writing Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. Those presentations will kick off this afternoon at 1 p.m. when Commissioner Walt Whitcomb from the Maine Department […]

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    Monday Jan 19, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing: 1.19.15: The Reverse Kansas, explanations & doggy dilemma

    Republicans and Democrats have fundamentally different approaches to changes in the tax code and we’re lucky that two big proposals are on the table to highlight the contrast. Exhibit A is Gov. Paul LePage’s big overhaul that he’s embedded in his two-year budget proposal. There’s been a lot written about the tax package, but at its core is a belief that high income taxes, corporate taxes, estate taxes and others […]

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    Friday Jan 16, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing 1.16.15: Rounding up, cutting costs & getting antsy

    An abbreviated edition of the Briefing today. The Legislature is in recess until next Tuesday and most lawmakers blew out of here on Wednesday because of a retreat and the long weekend. Also, I’m getting the sense that we’ve exhausted some of the interest in the governor’s two-year budget. – S.M. * * * I just wrote that people might be getting tired of the budget. Well, some of us […]

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    Thursday Jan 15, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing 1.15.15: LePage’s tax tab & profiles in avoiding, feeling the wrath

    The LePage administration’s budget primer tour continued Wednesday. Richard Rosen, the governor’s budget chief, and Michael Allen, the tax policy chief, held media briefings and public presentations designed to fill in some of the information gaps in the $6.3 billion budget. There are still some gaps, but the administration provided some information new information, including the massive document pictured above. It’s the fiscal note for the governor’s tax plan. It […]

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    Wednesday Jan 14, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing 1.14.15: Banking on Riverview funding, food baskets & cuts at the CDC

    Gov. Paul LePage’s finance chief was all over the State House on Tuesday as the governor makes his public and private push to promote his two-year budget proposal. Richard Rosen also briefed the budget committee. Rosen’s overview wasn’t much different than the one he provided to the press during Friday’s budget curtain raiser.  However, he touched on (reluctantly) one piece in the Department of Health and Human Services proposed $1.4 […]

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