Stories about Politics


Session ends, but haggling over bonds continues

AUGUSTA —  The Democratic-controlled Legislature finished their business for the session early Wednesday, but a bitter partisan battle over borrowing money to fix the state's roads and bridges remained heated. Lawmakers adjourned after midnight following a long day of votes on m...


Legislative Analysis: Why it didn't look like the Democrats were in the majority

AUGUSTA, Maine — Democrats campaigned in 2012 with a promise to end the authoritarian rule of Republican Gov. Paul LePage. That message resonated last November with voters who returned Democrats to majority status in both the House and Senate after giving Republic... 2


Maine Senate Democrats choose Jackson as leader

AUGUSTA — The lawmaker from northern Maine who came under attack last month by Gov. Paul LePage is now the top Democrat in the state Senate. Maine Democrats announced Wednesday that Sen. Troy Jackson of Allagash will serve as majority leader following the resignation of former Senate...


Maine Sen. Goodall resigns leadership post to serve as SBA regional chief

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Democratic leader of the Maine Senate has resigned to serve as New England Regional administrator of the Small Business Administration. Majority Leader Seth Goodall told Gov. Paul LePage in a letter that it's been an honor to serve and that leaving the Senate is "b... 1


Maine Senate, House pass budget fix

AUGUSTA — The Legislature has passed a bill to fix a $6 million hole in Maine's two-year $6.3 billion state budget. The Democratic-led House and Senate gave final approval to a bill to raise the service provider tax late Tuesday night. Its fate was uncertain after it failed in... 6


Legislature ends session with a tension-filled day

AUGUSTA — Political tension that has been building throughout the legislative session went into overtime Tuesday as lawmakers scrambled through dozens of gubernatorial vetoes and other business in an attempt to adjourn for the summer by the end of the day — some 20 days later than the...


State poised to review rail safety after Quebec crash

AUGUSTA — State lawmakers moved quickly to review the safety of Maine's railroads following the recent disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The Maine House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a leg...


Bill allowing Livermore Falls to vote on leaving Androscoggin County moves forward

AUGUSTA — Livermore Falls voters will have the opportunity to decide whether they want to leave Androscoggin County and join Franklin County, after a late vote in the Maine House of Representatives on Tuesday. After a series of back-and-forth votes and a lengthy floor debate, the Hou... 1


Bill to allow uniformed recruiters into public schools falls short; Republicans say 19 Democrats flipped on votes

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers who are also military veterans were angered Tuesday when a host of their colleagues switched votes on a bill that would have required public schools to give recruiters in uniform access to school grounds. According to the Maine Department of Education, a handful o... 15


Group plans to collect signatures for bear-baiting referendum

PORTLAND — A coalition that wants another statewide vote aimed at banning the use of bait, traps and dogs to hunt bears says it's launching a petition drive in Maine. Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting announced Tuesday that it plans to gather 80,000 signatures of Maine voters, exceeding ...