Politics

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Two big changes could shake up Maine's election process in the 2020 presidential race, following key votes by the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

PORTLAND, Maine - The city of South Portland is lending a hand to neighboring Portland, which is dealing with an influx of hundreds of asylum seekers from African nations.

The Maine Legislature has sent a $688 million highway budget to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

Portland officials are currently working to accommodate an influx of more than 200 asylum seekers to the area.  The sudden arrival of new immigrants prompts the question, "Why is this happening now?"

Pot, Guns, Sports Betting On Agenda For Lawmakers' Last Day

Jun 19, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are set to finish up their 2019 legislative session and tidy up work on marijuana sales, gun control and online sports betting bills.

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There are hundreds of bills introduced the first session of the Maine legislature, but there's only one that must be passed: the two year state budget. Ed Morin spoke with Maine Public Senior Political correspondent Mal Leary about the budget.

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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

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