Politics

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The Portland City Council has chosen a site in Riverton - on the city's outskirts - for a new homeless shelter. The location will be a 150-bed replacement for Portland's over-flowing Oxford Street shelter.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Gov. Janet Mills praised the bipartisan budget as one that addresses crucial needs of the state like property tax relief, increased funding for education, money to pay for expanded health care for the poor and investments in the state’s future.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's House is now opposing a proposal to join states pledging to award Electoral College tallies to the national popular vote winner in presidential elections.

LEWISTON, Maine - Dozens of miles of railroad track will be modernized in Maine due to an investment by the federal government.

Former Governor LePage Is Bartending In Maine This Summer

Jun 17, 2019
Courtesy of McSeagulls / via Bangor Daily News

Former Gov. Paul LePage has a new job: bartender. The two-term former Republican governor is tending bar at McSeagulls Restaurant in Boothbay Harbor this summer, owner Jeff Stoddard said Friday.

After a day of closed-door negotiations, doors have opened on a vote for a two-year state budget. The nearly $8 billion budget required a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate, and received that with few votes to spare.

Maine Lawmakers have been in formal sessions and in private meetings trying to find a way to pass a two-year state budget that takes effect July 1.

Rebecca Conley

It's Friday and time again for Maine's Political Pulse. 

Maine Public’s political reporters Mal Leary and Steve Mistler spoke with Irwin Gratz about Betsy Sweet's campaign announcement, state budget debates, and more.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are voting on a two-year budget deal with a sticker price slightly below the governor's original $8 billion proposal thanks to surplus tax revenues and minor savings

AUGUSTA, Maine - A legislative committee in Maine has approved legal marijuana rules that would relax residency requirements for companies involved in the pot business.

Maine could prevent lobbyists from giving to candidates outside their districts year-round under a bill facing Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Democratic party activist and former candidate for Maine Governor Betsy Sweet is seeking her party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate seat that is currently held by Republican Susan Collins. Sweet is first to enter a race that is likely to draw more Democrats and probably some Republicans as well.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Democratic governor has signed over two dozen bills into law ranging from an end to youth tanning to steps to ban toxic chemicals from food packaging.

PORTLAND, Maine - Two lawmakers from Maine are introducing legislation to make it easier for schools to procure locally produced foods for children's meals.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

For the second time this week, Maine has expanded access to abortion services. 

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