Stories about Politics

Who's really ripping ME off?

AUGUSTA — Early last year, the national media turned its gaze to Maine and the tawdry story of a Zumba-instructor-turned-prostitute in the affluent seacoast village of Kennebunkport. The exploits of Alexis Wright, including the fact that she managed a client list of more than 100 peo... 16

Parties clash over unemployment report

AUGUSTA — Sparks flew Friday as state lawmakers engaged in a brief but rancorous political discussion of a federal report that charged Gov. Paul LePage with interfering in the unemployment compensation appeals process last year. Debate over the report, delivered by the U.S. Labor Dep... 4

Bill meant to fix MaineCare rides program passes

AUGUSTA — The Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would revamp the state's non-emergency medical ride program for those on MaineCare, the state's Medicaid system. The $40 million program has been fraught with problems since a trio of com...

Feds warn Maine DOL that LePage administration interfered in hearing process

AUGUSTA — A federal investigation has found that Maine's governor and Labor Department officials intervened in unemployment hearings in a way that could have swayed hearing officers to favor employers over claimants. An April 11, 2013, 20

Maine may delay elver season by two weeks

PORTLAND — The Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner says the opening of Maine's lucrative elver season next month could be delayed by two weeks and possibly longer. Commissioner Patrick Kelleher said Thursday that's there is a "50-50" chance the start of the season on Ma...

Androscoggin County GOP to caucus Saturday in Lewiston

LEWISTON — The Androscoggin County Super Caucus will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Geiger Elementary School, 601 College St. Republican candidates seeking election are scheduled to attend. Attendees will elect delegates and alternates to the state convention, which ...

Maine budget committee eases forward with fix ideas for 2014 and 2015

AUGUSTA — State lawmakers on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee are gaining steady ground as they work to create a supplemental budget that will balance spending and revenues for 2014 and 2015. The Maine Constitution requires a balanced budget, and without a supplemental bud...

LePage administration continues campaign against Medicaid expansion

BANGOR — Anyone who needed convincing that the issue of Medicaid expansion is contentious need look no further than Wednesday’s Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce breakfast. The normally serene Early Bird Breakfast was the scene of a sometim... 14

Obama seeks $300 billion for roads, railways

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $300 billion to update the nation's roads and railways. Obama plans to make the proposal Wednesday at the Union Depot rail and bus station in St. Paul, Minn. The Highway Trust Fund finances federal highway and transit ...

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Towns looking for FEMA funds for storm damage

FAYETTE — It has been an unforgettable winter for Maine towns, which have struggled to keep up with the never-ending parade of ice and snowstorms, with large doses of cold weather thrown in. An ice storm in late December crippled the region, causing massive power outages just in time...