State political coverage
Maine treasurer urges LePage to release bonds In a letter to the governor, Neria Douglass says not selling the bonds will hurt the state’s finances.
Legislative committee rejects Maine mining rules Democrats and environmental groups applaud the vote, citing pollution concerns.
LePage vetoes state-run virtual school bill The governor, citing a provision halting virtual charter schools, rejects the proposal within hours of its final passage in the Senate.
Bill revived to allow slots at Scarborough Downs – and maybe a resort casino A bid to spike the proposal was defeated, 78-62, in a preliminary vote.
Details emerge for LePage plan to replenish Maine's rainy day fund The governor said he hopes lawmakers will back his idea for replenishing the fund, which is set aside to cover budget shortfalls or other unplanned expenses.
Maine House fails to pass in-person early voting amendment The House votes 87-57 in favor of the bill, but falls short of the two-thirds majority needed.
Maine rejects bill banning replica guns in schools Critics said creating a new crime isn’t the answer and would funnel young people from schools to jails.
Maine lawmakers vote to cancel LePage consultant’s contract The Alexander Group won a $925,000 no-bid contract to look at a number of issues, with its first report recommending against Medicaid expansion.
LePage slams Democrats over revenue-sharing bill The majority of Republicans also supported the bill. The governor promises a new bill to replenish the rainy day fund.
Michaud, Cutler, LePage offer differing views on virtual charter schools The three candidates for governor wade in on expanding online educational opportunities in Maine