Stories about Politics

King stands by his belief that ACA opposition will lead to early deaths

AUGUSTA — Sen. Angus King said Tuesday that despite having told a reporter that opponents of the Affordable Care Act who urged college students not to buy health insurance w... 4

LePage says a short-term shutdown won't affect state government

AUGUSTA — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says that a short-term federal government shutdown will not directly impact state government or public assistance programs. The Republican governor said in a statement on Tuesday that while some state government positions and programs are federally fu... 2

Task force seeks an extra $40 million in Maine's tax code

AUGUSTA — A task force of lawmakers, business interests, economists and tax experts continued Monday its work toward finding $40 million in savings by December, as required by the biennial budget the Democrat-led Legislature approved over the protests of Republican Gov. Paul LePage. ... 1

Maine wrestles with federal shutdown

With Congress unable to reach a spending deal before its midnight deadline, many U.S. government operations screeched to a halt Tuesday, leaving Mainers who rely on federal aid for housing, food and heating oil in a state of uncertainty. The Democrat-led U.S. Senate refused to pass a feder... 2

ACA: Health exchange opens with some delays in Maine

Maine's new online health insurance marketplace launched Tuesday and groups assisting the state's uninsured with the sign-up process urged patience as high interest led to delays for some consumers. The marketplace, or exchange, a key component of President Barack Obama's signature health ... 1

No word on how long government shutdown will last

WASHINGTON — Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs ... 4

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers furloughed this morning

KITTERY —Workers reported to work Tuesday morning at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and received furlough letters. The head of the biggest union at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard says about 2,000  of the shipyard's 4,700 workers were furloughed Tuesday morning. The Navy told &n... 1

What has changed now the federal government has shut down

WASHINGTON — Campers in national parks are to pull up stakes and leave, some veterans waiting to have disability benefits approved will have to cool their heels even longer, many routine food inspections will be suspended and panda-cams will go dark at the shuttered National Zoo. Tho... 2

Federal shutdown to have limited effect in Maine

In Maine, a federal government shutdown does not signal the end of mail delivery but could affect a range of things from fall tourism to flu readiness. The hardest hit likely would be the neediest Mainers, whose federal aid for housing, heating and food could be jeopardized by a long shutdown. 102

New, temporary taxes take affect today

AUGUSTA — Visitors and residents alike will see a small uptick in what they pay tableside and on some items at the cash register, as temporary increases to the sales and lodging taxes take effect statewide Tuesday. The increase, which will be seen in the bills at shops, restaurants a... 1