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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Eye on Augusta: A New Legislative Session, Some Old Bills
On January 6, the Maine Legislature will return to Augusta for another session of partisan wrangling. With the workload lighter, the biennial budget in . . .
Eye on Augusta: Fulford Announces His Candidacy for Waldo County Senate Seat
Jonathan Fulford has officially announced his intention to run against three-term incumbent Republican Mike Thibodeau for the Senate District 11 seat . . .
Eye on Augusta: Showdown Likely Over Anti-Drug Legislation
It appeared that when December 10 came and went — and there were no National Guard troops marching through the streets tracking down out-of-state . . .
Eye on Augusta: Feds Threaten Sanctions in Response to Maine’s Worst Food-Stamp Processing Times in the Country
The LePage administration is once again flouting federal rules in its handling of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, aka . . .)
Eye on Augusta: LePage Administration Rejects Funding for Cancer Screening
A coalition of public health advocacy groups — including the the American Cancer Society, the Maine Medical Association, New England Cancer . . .
Eye on Augusta: Legislators Demand Reinstatement of Health Care Ombudsman
A bipartisan group of legislators is accusing the LePage administration of violating state and federal law by ending contract ombudsman services . . .
Eye on Augusta: Probe Finds LePage Forced Eves Firing, Now the Next Step
The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted 7-5 last week to endorse an independent report detailing Gov. Paul LePage’s threats to . . .
Eye on Augusta: ACLU Files Lawsuit to Restore MaineCare Coverage for Abortions
Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, along with the national ACLU and Planned Parenthood Federation of America filed a lawsuit . . .
Eye on Augusta: Legislative Leaders Set Priorities: Drugs, Guns & Bonds
After another round of bill vetting in Augusta last week, it appears that drugs, guns and bonds will top the agenda when the Legislature returns in . . .
Eye on Augusta: TGP Files for Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion to Maine
Last Friday, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C., a subsidiary of energy giant Kinder Morgan, filed an application with the Federal Energy . . .
Eye on Augusta: Committee to Wrap Up Investigation into Eves Firing
Last Thursday, November 12, the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee heard seven hours of sworn testimonies as part of its fact-finding . . .
Eye on Augusta: LePage Adamantly Opposed to Syrian Refugees in Maine
Following the attacks in Paris that killed 129 people last Friday, Gov. Paul LePage once again pulled Maine into a bitter national immigration debate. . . .
Eye on Augusta: LePage Again Threatens to Call Out the National Guard to Fight the Drug War
Last Thursday, Gov. LePage made a surprise visit to the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee to once again pressure the budget-writing panel to increase the law enforcement budget . . .
Eye on Augusta: Some of the Bills Accepted for Next Legislative Session
Only 33 of the 395 bills submitted by state legislators for consideration in the Legislature’s next session will likely see the light of day when the new . . .
Eye on Augusta: Question 1 & the Future of Maine’s Clean Elections Program
Several years ago, when veteran Maine Republican lawmaker Peter Mills was running for re-election for state senate, he became determined to find out why he kept losing the . . .
Eye on Augusta: LePage Lashes Out Against Republican Senator Again
Gov. LePage is once again calling on Republican Senator Roger Katz of Augusta to recuse himself from overseeing an investigation into the governor’s . . .
Eye on Augusta: State Referendum Proposed for Next Year Would Tax Wealthy to Fund Schools
A public education advocacy coalition has launched a citizen referendum petition to generate $110 million for schools by levying a 3-percent surcharge . . .
Eye on Augusta: Oversight Committee Subpoenas LePage Staff
Last week the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee (GOC) voted to subpoena two senior LePage administration staffers as part of an ongoing investigation into . . .
Eye on Augusta: Family Planning Appeals Maine DHHS Order Over “Abortion-Related Services”
The Family Planning Association of Maine is appealing an order by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to repay over $180,000 in reproductive health care . . .
Eye on Augusta: DHHS Vows to Implement Food Stamp Asset Test Soon
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services says it intends to implement a new $5,000 asset test on low-income Mainers receiving food vouchers through . . .
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