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    Tuesday Mar 10, 2015 | 12:57 pm

    Maine Democrats amp up criticism of senator after discovery that his Obama’s family of ISIS post part of a pattern

    Maine Democrats are increasing the pressure on a Republican state senator who last week posted a conservative meme on Facebook suggesting that members of the ruthless terrorist group ISIS are family members of President Obama. Sen. Mike Willette, R-Presque Isle, on Monday apologized for sharing the post publicly, but neither for the message that the post conveyed nor for tapping an undercurrent of bigotry that has followed the president since taking office in […]

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    Monday Mar 09, 2015 | 12:15 pm

    Maine state Senator apologizes for Facebook post saying Obama’s family tied to ISIS

      State Sen. Michael Willette apologized Monday for sharing a Facebook post criticizing President Obama’s handling of the terrorist group ISIS and suggesting that its members are family members of the president. Willette, a Republican from Presque Isle, posted a photo from Conservative News Daily that depicted Obama with the caption, “Why haven’t I done anything about ISIS? Because I’ll deal with them at the family reunion.” The post is […]

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  • Monday Mar 09, 2015 | 7:10 am

    Morning Briefing 3.9.15: A bit early to bury LePage’s tax plan

    Good morning, There’s no session Monday, but legislative committees will be buzzing with a host of public hearings and work sessions. The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will hold public hearings on several bills designed to restrict the use of consumer fireworks. Similar proposals have been introduced since the Republican-led Legislature legalized consumer fireworks in 2011, but significant changes to the law have been few and far between because attempts […]

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    Friday Mar 06, 2015 | 7:10 am

    Morning Briefing 3.6.15: Hawaii isn’t America, enemies are friends, candidacy traded for advocacy & the dean of women

    Good morning, It’s been a busy week at the State House. It will slow down a bit Friday. The Transportation Committee will hold a number of public hearings and potentially vote on two cellphone bills that were reviewed last week. The Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee will continue to hold public hearings on the governor’s two-year budget proposal. The committee has focused primarily on the Department of Health and Human […]

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  • Wednesday Mar 04, 2015 | 4:32 pm

    New LePage policy advisor named an award after himself

    This post was updated to clarify Chadbourne’s duties with the LePage administration. It originally said he worked for the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to assist the governor on his budget and tax initiative. Chadbourne will perform those same duties within the governor’s office. – S.M. Aaron Chadbourne, a senior policy advisor to Gov. Paul LePage, once launched a failed effort to create an award at Harvard University — and […]

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    Wednesday Mar 04, 2015 | 9:37 am

    Morning Briefing: LePage ready for ‘battle,’ Cain ready for fundraising & a public ready for secrets

    Good morning, Gov. Paul LePage will continue his budget and tax tour Wednesday with two stops in Bangor. The first will be a luncheon with the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a conservative advocacy group. MHPC is using the event as a fundraiser. Tickets were $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers. It will be interesting to see the reception from what will likely be a very conservative crowd, with a […]

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    Monday Mar 02, 2015 | 7:10 am

    Morning Briefing 3.2.15: Pretzel logic, hardball, context and a conviction

    State Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, had to perform some verbal Jiu jitsu Friday. Or Aikido. Or whatever martial arts discipline that leaves its practitioner vulnerable to self-inflicted wounds. Brakey presented his bill to repeal Maine’s seat belt law to the Transportation Committee just two days after a 75-car pileup left a stretch of I-95 west of Bangor looking like a snowy version of the twisted metal carnage more typical of those […]

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    Friday Feb 27, 2015 | 7:10 am

    Morning Briefing 2.27.15: Distractions, confrontations & explanations

    We’ve all seen it. Skid marks on straight stretches of road that lead to crumpled guardrails. The car ahead creeping along for no apparent reason. The guy who reflexively looks both ways before darting into an intersection, but who pulls into oncoming traffic because the voice machine affixed to his ear has apparently told him the coast clear. Or this guy: Maine has a distracted driving law, but as columnist […]

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  • Wednesday Feb 25, 2015 | 7:30 am

    Morning Briefing 2.25.15: Mining redux, Maine’s official sweetener and Collins on DHS/immigration

    It should be a busy day around the State House on Wednesday. The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee will take up several bills to change the referendum process in Maine (including the gathering of petition signatures) as well as the perennial Voter ID law. Over in the budget-writing Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, a large crowd is expected to testify about the LePage administration’s plans for the Department of Agriculture, […]

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