Tag Archives: Legislature

Daily Brief: Public health advocates headed to Augusta in force

March is coming in a bit like a lion in Augusta, where a public health care practitioners and activists are coming from across Maine to oppose Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposals around public health and anti-smoking programs.  The Legislature’s Appropriations Committee is now weeks into holding public hearings about the governor’s budget and nearly every […]

Daily Brief: Legislature postponed again; what’s new with Shenna Bellows?

Good Monday morning. Once again, the weather is putting a kink in the legislative schedule as yet another snowstorm barrels into Maine.  “This will be the 4th storm in only a 10-day period for the area, and the snow pack continues to grow,” writes CBS 13 meteorologist Charlie Lopresti. “This historical stretch will provide the current […]

Photos: Patience and pizza — Staying up late with the 126th Legislature

Last night was the last regular session day of the 126th Legislature. Lawmakers arrived early in the day prepared for a triple-session that started Thursday morning and lasted until about 1 a.m. Friday. While members of the House and Senate will return at least once to take up veto override votes, and could potentially be called […]

LePage talks with national media, continues freeze-out of local press

Gov. Paul LePage ditched his usual refusal to sit with reporters for one-on-one interviews Thursday when he talked with at least two national media organizations which have published profile pieces on the governor, his accomplishments and the brash speaking style that has attracted so much negative press. A piece published Friday by Bloomberg News carried […]

Vitelli sworn in as eighth woman in 126th Senate

Just before 9 a.m. Thursday, Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic became Sen. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, when she was sworn in to the 126th Legislature by Gov. Paul LePage. Vitelli becomes is eighth woman in the 25-member Maine Senate, all of whom are Democrats. She defeated Republican Paula Benoit of Phippsburg in a special election Tuesday, 4,631-4,169. […]