Stories about Politics

Jails ask Legislature for bailout

AUGUSTA — Officials from Maine’s jail system asked legislators Wednesday for a $2.5 million bailout, saying the money would help jails make it to the end of June. But more will be needed next year, they said. This year’s flat-funded budgets weren't enough to operat...

Maine GOP accuses House speaker of having conflict of interest


Bill would make overdose treatment drug widely available in Maine

AUGUSTA — A freshman lawmaker on Wednesday will make the case to put a lifesaving drug that can stop heroin overdoses in their tracks “in the hands of as many people as possible.” Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, will present  3

Lawyers ask state committee to suspend CDC shredding investigation

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers on the Government Oversight Committee on Tuesday were asked to suspend their investigation into the destruction of public documents by officials at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention in June 2013. The request came via a letter from private lawyers... 5

Maine Senate approves revenue sharing bill, 33-2

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers in both the House and Senate on Tuesday voted again to support a bill that would restore $40 million in state aid to municipalities next year, setting the stage for what will likely be final votes in both chambers next week. The vote in the House took place withou... 2

Boehner promises to pass a 'clean' debt limit increase

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday that the House will vote this week to increase in the government's borrowing cap without any add-ons demanded by Republicans. This move amounted to a capitulation by Republicans to President Barack Obama and Capitol Hill Democ... 2

Maine House OKs bill that allows uniformed recruiters in schools

AUGUSTA — Maine's Democratic-controlled House has given final approval to a bill that aims to ensure that military members and public safety officials can wear their uniforms when visiting schools. Supporters of the bill approved on a 138-4 vote Tuesday have pointed to instances in w... 2

Maine Senate overrides summer lunch program veto

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine's Democratic-controlled Senate voted Tuesday to preserve a measure that seeks to provide more free lunches to low-income children during the summer months. The 25-10 vote overrode Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto, which requires the support of two-thirds presen... 1

Bill to restore state employee pay raises draws emotional testimony

AUGUSTA — A pair of Maine State Police troopers were among dozens of state workers who told the Legislature's budget-writing Appropriations Committee on Monday that state merit and longevity pay increases that were frozen in 2013 are taking a toll on their family finances. The two we... 1

Maine CDC officials decline invitations to testify

AUGUSTA — A legislative committee wants to hear about a document-shredding scandal from Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention officials, but none of the officials invited to testify has agreed to do so. It was unclear Monday whether the Government Oversight Committee would ... 6