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The second regular session of the 127th Legislature adjourned sine die April 29, 2016. The statutory adjournment date was April 20, 2016; however, the Legislature spent an additional nine days in session. Legislators successfully overturned 20 of the 30 vetoes […]

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Following the resignation of State Sen. David Dutremble, Gov. LePage has set a date for a special election to fill the empty District 32 seat. The special election will be held on March 29. Democrats, Republicans, and members of the […]

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State Senator David Dutremble has announced his resignation from the senate after serving there for the past four years. Dutremble cited the demands of splitting his time between working as a firefighter and senator as the primary reason for his […]

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The Maine Ethics Commission handed down two penalties today for lobbying and campaign finance law violations.  Joel Allumbaugh, a lobbyist for a Florida-based think tank, was fined $50 for failing to disclose his status as a paid lobbyist to a […]

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November 5, 2015  •  

Special Session Requested in Maine

Governor LePage has requested a special session during an appearance before the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee. LePage is urging the committee to readdress the state budget and to reconsider additional funding to address the drug crisis facing the state. In Maine, special […]

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On November 4, 2015, voters in Maine approved a ballot initiative expanding the state’s public campaign financing system.  The initiative increases both election transparency and the total pool of money available to qualifying candidates. Organizations behind political advertisements must now disclose […]

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A special election has been scheduled for November 3, 2015, to fill the vacant House District 23 seat. Candidates had until September 14 to file to be on the ballot. Write-in candidates must file their declarations by September 25. State […]

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A special election has been scheduled for November 3, 2015, for the House District 19 seat. The seat was left vacant when state Rep. William Noon passed away from cancer. His widow, Jean Noon, an organic sheep farmer, was chosen […]

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On August 6, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued an opinion finding 65 bills from the 2015 legislative session were vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage too late to prevent the legislation from taking effect. Last month, the governor had returned […]

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Mainers for Accountable Elections, an activist group advocating for stricter campaign finance law, has developed a ballot measure to be considered by voters in the November 2015 election. The measure proposes to establish gubernatorial transition committees to help finance a […]

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The Maine Legislature adjourned the first session of the 127th Legislature sine dine Thursday, July 16, 2015. The session was marked by controversy, including an historic number of vetoes issued by Gov. Paul LePage. The governor acknowledged many of the […]

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Several Maine lawmakers are considering launching an investigation for impeachment hearings of Republican Gov. Paul LePage. LePage allegedly attempted to wield his influence to push Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves out of a new job at a charter school. The […]

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The contribution limit for Maine gubernatorial candidates has been increased by $75, from $1,500 to $1,575 per election. The contribution limit for county and municipal offices has been increased by $25, from $750 to $775 per election. The contribution limit […]

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State Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson of House District 93 resigned from the Maine House of Representatives, saying she has decided to move to another state. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap set a special election to fill Dickerson’s seat for March 10, […]

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