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Collins, King split on bill that funds government and ACA

Maine's U.S. senators were split on a measure to keep government operating past Tuesday. Republican Susan Collins opposed the measure which, if approved in the House, will avoid a threatened government shutdown. Independent Angus King supported the measure. It passed the Senate 54-44 Frida... 3

Gaming Commission supports expansion of gambling in Maine

AUGUSTA — A special legislative study group on Friday approved a recommendation that gambling in Maine be expanded, despite opposition from lawmakers and other critics who say it goes beyond the group's scope and ignores potential consequences to existing casinos. The Gaming Com...

LePage promises to shave his head for charity

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage says he'll shave his head if Maine state employees and retirees raise $350,000 this year for charity. The Republican governor made the remark on Friday during a kick-off event at the State House for the 34th annual Maine State Employees' Combined Charitable... 11

Senate set to OK budget bill, but fight not over

WASHINGTON (AP) — A potential government shutdown hurtling ever closer, the Democratic-led Senate moved Friday toward approving legislation keeping federal agencies from locking their doors on Tuesday. But disputes with the Republican-run House and among GOP lawmakers themselves ensure the ... 1

Maine gubernatorial campaigns trade jabs over jobs claim

AUGUSTA — Maine's top Republican leaders and a top political consultant for Gov. Paul LePage's re-election campaign launched a salvo of complaints this week regarding a statement U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud made on jobs in a campaign ad issued earlier in September. Michaud, a Democrat, is... 1

Maine conservation group issues environmental scorecard for Legislature

AUGUSTA — A bipartisan group of Maine lawmakers shared the limelight Thursday as Maine Conservation Voters released its annual scorecard on legislative voting records Thursday. Maureen Drouin, MCV’s executive director, said the last lawmaking ...

King compares Obamacare opposition to murder in interview

Maine's independent U.S. Sen. Angus King says conservatives trying to dissuade people from enrolling in Obamacare "are guilty of murder in my opinion.” King explained his 8

King stands in defense of Obamacare

U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, told his colleagues Wednesday that if they intend to defund and dismantle the Affordable Care Act, he will be among those standing in the way. "The estimates are between 20,000 and 30,000 of those people die each year because of the lack of health insurance,"... 40

McKernan hopes to help overcome partisan gridlock

PORTLAND — John “Jock” McKernan, former Republican Maine governor and husband to longtime U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, has been named president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a nonprofit research and advocacy arm of the larger Chamber organization. McKernan will ...

National advocate for legalizing marijuana visits Maine

LEWISTON — A national advocate for the legalization of marijuana was in Maine this week meeting with campaign donors and journalists. Rob Kampia, the co-founder and executive director the Marijuana Policy Project, said his organization is looking to... 2