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    Friday Feb 06, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing 2.6.15: Keeping it local & transparent, invoking Genghis Khan & feeding the kiddos

    Good morning and happy Friday. The legislative schedule is very light today as no committee hearings or meetings are scheduled. Thursday was a relatively busy day, however, a budget briefing by the LePage administration to the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee was postponed. That briefing will be held on Thursday. * * * The Center for Public Integrity has pulled together a handy list of the top spenders that attempted […]

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    Thursday Feb 05, 2015 | 7:30 am

    Morning Briefing 2.5.15: MMA undeterred by LePage rebuff; and potentially the longest task force name, ever.

    It’s another snowy morning in Maine, although as of 7:30 a.m. the Legislature has yet to cancel it’s work for the day. Stay tuned. MMA responds (diplomatically) to LePage miff As anyone who watched Gov. Paul LePage’s Tuesday night speech or saw highlights knows, the governor struck a fairly bipartisan and non-confrontational tone with one notable exception: the Maine Municipal Association. A former mayor himself, LePage renamed the MMA the “Middle Man […]

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    Tuesday Feb 03, 2015 | 7:30 am

    Morning Briefing 2.3.15: ‘The state of the state is (fill in blank)’ and coming together over sneakers

    It was another snow day at the State House on Monday, but plenty should be happening under the dome today. The big event will happen at approximately 7 p.m. when Gov. Paul LePage delivers his “State of the State” address to a joint session of the Legislature. Governors typically use the speech address to lay out their policy goals for the upcoming legislative session, tout accomplishments and complete the obligatory sentence […]

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    Monday Feb 02, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing 2.2.15: ‘Conservative’ PAC with liberal ties & RGA strategist boosts LePage’s tax plan

      Good morning, happy Monday and congratulations to the New England Patriots. There’s no legislative activity today, thanks to more snow. The attention will begin shifting to Gov. Paul LePage’s address Tuesday evening before the joint convention of the Legislature. The governor is expected to focus on his budget proposal and his tax overhaul plan. Be sure to check back here and pressherald.com for updates and analysis of the speech on Tuesday […]

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  • Thursday Jan 29, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing 1.29.15: LePage outtakes, buffalo doughnuts & gay marriage leader in Portland

    Mic check and having a laugh with Mal & Jennifer on Maine Calling. #mepolitics #mainecalling #MPBN pic.twitter.com/HxWcAMBtMy — Paul R. LePage (@Governor_LePage) January 28, 2015 Gov. Paul LePage participated in a wide ranging interview on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network call-in show Maine Calling on Wednesday (Listen on demand here). The governor hit a number of topics, but used the appearance — his first on Maine Calling — to plug […]

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  • Wednesday Jan 28, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing 1.28.15: Whitewash & the faint outline of a debate on taxes

      Good morning, hope you like the white stuff because there’s a little bit more on the way. Legislative offices will open late and and hearings are postponed Wednesday after the blizzard wiped out everything on Tuesday. It will be relatively quiet at the State House, but that should begin to change next week. First the governor will deliver his State of the State on Tuesday evening. Additionally, the first […]

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    Monday Jan 26, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing 1.26.15: Twenty-six days in office, a taxing trend & a song against mispronunciation

    Gov. Paul LePage said Friday that the transfer of power is one of the reasons he wants to change the Secretary of State position into a lieutenant governor. The Maine Constitution says that the President of the Senate assumes power in the event that a sitting governor resigns or dies. This is a problem, LePage said, particularly if the Senate leader happens to be from the opposite party as the […]

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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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