Stories about Politics

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 ...

LePage lets revenue sharing bill become law

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine legislation that prevents $40 million in cuts to state aid for cities and towns next year became law Wednesday after Gov. Paul LePage took no action on it, the Republican governor's office said. The law takes effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns i... 4

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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...

Ethics office director says Maine House Speaker does not have conflict of interest

AUGUSTA — The head of Maine's ethics commission says Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves' support of a bill to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law is not a conflict of interest. Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Elec... 1

Maine's chief justice supports drug courts and e-filing

AUGUSTA — Chief Justice Leigh Saufley urged lawmakers Tuesday to support the governor's proposals to replace the court system's outdated computer system to improve efficiency and to provide greater access to court documents. She also urged them to bolster resources to fight drug and al...

Maine House OKs 1-year moratorium on virtual charter schools

AUGUSTA — The Democratic-controlled Maine House has given initial approval to a bill that would put a moratorium on the creation of virtual charter schools in the state until next year. In a 94-51 vote Tuesday, the House endorsed the bill that would put a halt to virtual charter scho... 1

LePage has until midnight to veto $40 million revenue sharing bill

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage has until midnight Tuesday to decide whether he will sign, veto or allow a bill that restores about $40 million in revenue sharing to Maine cities and towns to pass into law without his signature. The bill, which passed on veto-proof majorities in the House... 4