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Lawmakers Reject Obstruction, Shutdown

Lawmakers Reject Obstruction, Shutdown

The Maine Senate voted yesterday 25 to 10 to override Gov. LePage’s veto of the state’s $6.7 billion bipartisan budget. The House overrode the veto earlier earlier with a vote of 109 to 37. “Today the Legislature remained united and found ways to see beyond our differences,” said Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond of Portland.… Continue Reading

NYT: “Combative Maine Governor Becomes a Party of One”

Once again our Governor has put Maine in the national spotlight, and once again, it isn’t pretty. “AUGUSTA, Me. — When Paul R. LePage, Maine’s combative governor, was seeking re-election last year, he told voters that his days of intemperate remarks were over. At a debate, Mr. LePage, who is of French descent, memorably said:… Continue Reading

How To Hold LePage Accountable

From David Farmer’s “Inside Maine Politics” Column in the Bangor Daily News “Maine’s Constitution and laws are ill-equipped to handle a governor like LePage who is willing to push legal and ethical boundaries. But the Legislature does have tools at its disposal.” Read the whole column here, then contact your legislator.   Continue Reading

Legislative Update from Jay McCreight

Legislative Update from Jay McCreight

We made it!  Summer is here, and with it, the end of the Legislative session. I’m delighted to report that we were able to pass a balanced two-year budget before our July 1 deadline and avert a state government shutdown. This was a session like none before. We spent many of the final days wrestling… Continue Reading

“Anti-LePage Rally Dwarfs Pro-LePage Rally”

“Anti-LePage Rally Dwarfs Pro-LePage Rally”

As Mike Tipping reports today in The Tipping Point blog, attendance at the Republican-orchestrated pro-LePage rally yesterday in Augusta (including the Maine Heritage Policy Center) didn’t come even close to the numbers posted at the anti-LePage rally later in the day, a spontaneous, bi-partisan event put together at the last minute via social media. “The… Continue Reading

Mike Tipping to Speak at Spring Social May 3rd

Spring is coming and so is the Spring Social! Join us from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, at the West Bath Fire Station, 192 State Road, for music, pie, and politics. (Actually, not just pie–you can expect other yummies, too!) To purchase your tickets or to join the Host Committee, click here to… Continue Reading

LePage Vetoes Library Bill

LePage Vetoes Library Bill

Last night, Gov. LePage vetoed a measure, LD 13, that exempts a statewide network of libraries, also known as the Maine InfoNet Collaborative, from sales tax. The Maine InfoNet Collaborative allows public, school, community college, and university libraries to share resources and serve patrons through a statewide digital catalog, free digital downloads of audiobooks and… Continue Reading

End of Session News From Denise Tepler

End of Session News From Denise Tepler

  July 2015   Summer is here, and with it, the end of the Legislative session. I’m happy to report that we were able to pass a balanced two-year budget before our July 1 deadline and avert a state government shutdown. We spent many of the final days wrestling with budget negotiations, dealing with a… Continue Reading

Add Your Name: Investigate LePage Now

Add Your Name: Investigate LePage Now

Governor LePage has once again put Maine in the national spotlight and dragged our state’s reputation through the mud — and this time he may have broken the law. Last week, the governor threatened to withhold state funding for a private school for at-risk youth unless they fired his political opponent, Democratic Speaker Mark Eves.… Continue Reading

“Bringing The Budget Home” Forum To Be Held In Topsham

On Tuesday, April 28, Rep Denise Tepler and the Topsham Dems will hold a public forum comparing the local impact on property taxes and services of the Governor’s proposed budget with the Democratic alternative,  “A Better Deal for Maine,”  The event will be co-hosted by Gail Eaton, Topsham Finance Committee and Jane Scease, SAD 75 Board.  Click… Continue Reading

LePage Names Carolyn Bird Sagadahoc Register of Probate

We’re happy to report that Governor LePage has appointed Democrat Carolyn Bird of Bath to the position of Sagadahoc Register of Probate.  She will complete Joan Atwood’s unexpired term and will take office in one week. Carolyn received her BA from the University of Chicago, and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in… Continue Reading

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