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    Tuesday Mar 24, 2015 | 4:33 pm

    LePage, Mills split divides budget committee

    The Legislature’s budget writing committee engaged in its first public tussle Monday evening with a vote that wouldn’t have been necessary if not for the ongoing dispute between Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills. At issue was whether lawmakers should circumvent the governor’s authority to issue a $28,000 financial order that’s needed to leverage federal matching funds for the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Unit. The proposal stemmed from […]

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    Monday Mar 23, 2015 | 7:30 am

    Morning Briefing 3.23.15: King demands a ‘sorry,’ Pennywise, Randall Flagg at the ready

    No apology from Governor LePage. Some guys are a lot better at dishing it out than taking it back. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 22, 2015 Anyone else getting the sense that Stephen King isn’t going to let Gov. Paul LePage wait out this tax/residency dustup in the bunker of silence? First the bestselling horror writer said the governor is full of — you know — for implying that King claimed […]

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  • Stephen King speaks at a news conference in 2009. The author has asked for an apology from Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who suggested King didn't pay his fair share in taxes to the state.
    Friday Mar 20, 2015 | 9:56 am

    King to LePage: ‘Man up and apologize’

      Governor Paul LePage implied that I don’t pay my taxes. I do. Every cent. I think he needs to man up and apologize. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 20, 2015   Clearly, the Master of Horror is not satisfied with a corrected weekly radio address. Bangor resident Stephen King sent the above tweet Thursday evening  following a wave of national news stories detailing how Gov. Paul LePage had claimed […]

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    Thursday Mar 19, 2015 | 10:38 am

    Stephen King: LePage ‘full of the stuff that makes the grass grow green’

    Author Stephen King turned Gov. Paul LePage’s effort to kill Maine’s income tax into a horror show for the governor Thursday. In a weekly radio address LePage’s office released on Wednesday, the governor erroneously said that King, who owns property in Florida, had moved to the Sunshine State, presumably to avoid paying income taxes to the state of Maine. The remark prompted King, a legal resident of Maine and frequent […]

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    Wednesday Mar 18, 2015 | 12:01 pm

    Possibility of conflict raised as Maine lawmakers quickly defeat proposal rolling back river protection area

      Lawmakers on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee took nearly three hours of testimony Monday on L.D. 467,  a bill that would have narrowed a resource protection area known as the Saco River Corridor. And then, after a brief caucus, the committee quickly killed the bill. It’s unusual, although not unprecedented, for a legislative committee to hold a public hearing on a bill and vote to defeat it in […]

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  • Wednesday Mar 18, 2015 | 7:10 am

    Morning Briefing 3.18.15: Kasich coming, LePage’s timber quest & the NRA investigates a mole

    Good morning, It’s Franco-American Day at the State House and the speeches and presentations are likely to crowd out some of the legislative activity. The committee schedule is relatively light. There’s a public hearing on L.D. 537 in the Education Committee. The proposal would prohibit standardized tests on students in grades kindergarten through grade 2. The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee could potentially vote on L.D. 197, a proposal that […]

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    Monday Mar 16, 2015 | 7:20 am

    Morning Briefing 3.16.15: Recognizing Sunshine Week with the dark side and the light

    Good morning and happy Sunshine Week. The recognition of government transparency is apropos. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a likely candidate for president, held a press conference last week to explain her use of a private email server and to tell reporters that she’d deleted half of the messages. Clinton’s purge is presumably because the messages contained the intricacies of hot yoga, but at least one columnist believes the entire performance event boiled […]

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  • Thursday Mar 12, 2015 | 5:53 pm

    Maine No. 1 in voter turnout in 2014

    Maine has a long history of high voter turnout and the 2014 election was no exception. In fact, the Pine Tree State led the country last year. The group Nonprofit VOTE compiled turnout data certified by state election officials. It found that Maine led the country with 58.5 percent turnout among eligible voters. Wisconsin was second (56.8 percent) and Colorado (54.5 percent) was third. Interestingly, Colorado does almost all of […]

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  • Thursday Mar 12, 2015 | 12:07 pm

    Maine Democrats gin up supporters to call for state senator’s ouster

    State Sen. Michael Willette, R-Presque Isle, said Wednesday that he has no intention of resigning his seat after apologizing from the Senate floor for a number of offensive Facebook posts about Muslims, immigrants, race and President Obama. Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, has said that the matter is settled, even though Senate Democrats have requested a formal statement against racism and xenophobic comments by their members. Nonetheless, the Maine Democratic […]

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