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  • Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 | 6:01 pm

    Purported D.C. think tank launches Maine radio ads against minimum wage hike

    The Washington-D.C. think tank Employment Policies Institute will begin running a radio ad that targets a significant policy initiative of Democratic gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud: Raising the minimum wage.  The issue is also on the front burner in the U.S. Senate, where U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is reportedly working on a bipartisan deal that would raise the wage to a level less than what the Obama administration […]

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  • Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate bucks Obamacare narrative

    The prevailing media narrative is that Democrats seeking elected office in November will put as much distance as possible between themselves and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  There’s plenty of reasons why this tack toward self-preservation seems prudent. According to a Pew Research Center/USA Today poll taken in early April, 50 percent of respondents had an unfavorable view of the 2010 law. Republicans also believe that the issue will […]

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  • Friday Apr 18, 2014 | 8:15 am

    Another leadership change for Maine’s leading conservative advocacy group

    UPDATE : The Maine Wire, MHPC’s news service just announced that Moody is leaving to join the Virginia-based State Budget Solutions, another conservative think tank. According to the Wire post, no successor has been named at MHPC.  J. Scott Moody, the CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, confirmed Friday morning that he’s leaving the organization. Moody, who is traveling Friday, did not provide any specifics about the reason for his departure, but […]

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  • Tuesday Apr 15, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    LePage to Maine ACLU: Since when is the truth unconstitutional?

    Gov. Paul LePage is known to send handwritten notes to his allies and his opponents. The missives sometimes surface in the mailboxes of state lawmakers. Some of the notes are friendly. Some are not.  Oamshri Amarasingham, the public policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, recently received one of the latter notes. The governor was not happy that Amarasingham had criticized the governor’s proposal to have a […]

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  • Thursday Apr 10, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    FCC: Maine TV stations to post political ad buys online

    Whether you’re a connoisseur or critic of televised political ads, it’s about to get a lot easier to find out who’s buying them and how much they paid.  Beginning July 1, television stations will have to post political ad buy information at a designated Federal Communications Commission website, according to an April 4 public notice sent from the FCC to television broadcasters. The FCC reminder follows action taken in 2012 […]

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  • Sunday Apr 06, 2014 | 9:29 am

    Rand Paul to address Maine Republican Party convention

    The Maine Republican Party convention will have some star power when it convenes later this month. Rand Paul, a presumed 2016 presidential candidate, will address the convention on April 26 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Paul’s visit is a win-win for the party and the Kentucky senator. For the party, his appearance marks another attempt to unite Republicans as they head into the legislative and gubernatorial election. Until […]

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  • Thursday Apr 03, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Maine Dems budging on LePage’s welfare reform?

    For the past several weeks Democratic lawmakers have put up rigorous opposition to Gov. Paul LePage’s slate of welfare reform proposals. However, there’s growing speculation that some Democrats are working on a compromise on at least one of the governor’s proposals. That bill, L.D. 1822, could come up for a vote in the House Thursday. The proposal would prohibit the purchase of certain products, such as booze, tobacco and lottery […]

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  • Tuesday Apr 01, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    Greetings Maine Legislature from Luxembourg, Liechtenstein

    It’s not every day that the ambassador of Liechtenstein — her name is Claudia Fritsche — writes a letter to the Maine Legislature to weigh in on a bill. But it happened March 4, when Fritsche urged state lawmakers to vote down L.D. 1120, a bill that would prohibit multinational corporations from using so-called offshore tax havens to avoid paying taxes in Maine. Democrats in the House voted to approve […]

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  • Thursday Mar 27, 2014 | 7:46 pm

    NRA amendment complicates Maine gun-permit overhaul

    Reposting this story with some of the context that was cut in order to fit the story in the newspaper. Click here for for the abbreviated version. – S.M. A last-minute amendment backed by the National Rifle Association threatens to derail a bipartisan bill to overhaul the state’s concealed-weapon permit law, in a move criticized as election-year sabotage. The bill would create a central, confidential permitting system and allow Maine […]

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