Maine

Majority of Ballot Measures Win Passage | 11-10-2017

Voters in seven states considered a total of 22 statewide ballot measures on Nov. 7. Texas voters weighed seven of those measures, the highest number of the seven states. All seven measures passed, which isn’t too unusual in the Lone Star State...

Another Slow Year for Ballot Measures | 11-03-2017

On Nov. 7 voters in 7 states will consider a total of 22 statewide ballot measures, bringing the count for the year - with measures on the ballot last month in two states - to 27. That continues a downward trend in the number of measures on the ballot...

Politics In Brief - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

UT OKAYS PETITION DRIVE FOR MEDICAL POT INITIATIVE UTAH election officials have given the go-ahead for backers of a proposed medical marijuana initiative to begin gathering signatures to qualify the measure for the 2018 ballot. The Utah Patients Coalition...

Politics In Brief - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

TX Lawmakers Approve Changes to Voter ID Law The TEXAS Legislature approved a bill ( SB 5 ) loosening the requirements of the voter ID law passed by the state in 2011, which the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year discriminated against...

ME Will Be First State To Try Ranked Voting | 12-02-2016

Last month Maine voters approved Question 5 , making their state the first to adopt ranked-choice voting. Under that system, instead of voting for just one candidate, voters rank the candidates from first choice to last. If no candidate receives a majority...

Politics In Brief - May 2 2016 | 04-29-2016

ME Gov Vetoes Clean Election Fix MAINE Gov. Paul LePage (R) vetoed a bill approved by the Legislature last month that would have pumped $500,000 into the state’s Clean Election Fund, enough to support the clean election candidates already running...

Politics In Brief - April 4 2016 | 04-01-2016

High Court Denies Challenge of CO Pot Laws The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear NEBRASKA and OKLAHOMA’s challenge of COLORADO's marijuana legalization laws. The 6-2 vote means COLORADO’s first-of-their-kind cannabis laws will...

Politics In Brief - March 21 2016 | 03-18-2016

Voter Video Recording Restriction Passed in ME The MAINE Legislature has passed a bill (SB 625) that if signed by Gov. Paul LePage (R) would prohibit the use of video cameras within 15 feet of voters at polling places. Voters raised concerns last November...

LePage Names Himself Education Commissioner | 02-12-2016

Days after sending lawmakers a State of the State letter in which he repeatedly railed against “socialist politicians,” Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said he would forgo the state’s official nomination process for selecting a new education...

Politics In Brief - July 6 2015 | 07-02-2015

ME Considers Impeachment For LePage Six MAINE House members said last month they are exploring disciplinary action against Gov. Paul LePage (R) -- including impeachment - for allegedly forcing Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves out of a new job as...

Major Change Coming In Initiative Process In ME | 06-12-2015

A bill that would make it tougher to get an initiative on the Maine ballot is on the verge of passage in the state’s Legislature. As amended, SB 272 (LD 742) would require sponsors of initiative campaigns to collect signatures from at least 10 percent...

ME Lawmakers Consider Barring Wildlife Initiatives | 04-10-2015

Still simmering from a failed ballot measure in November backed by the Humane Society and aimed at banning the use of bait, dogs and traps for hunting bears in the state, Maine lawmakers are seeking to block another such attempt by amending the Constitution...

Politics In Brief - April 6 2015 | 04-03-2015

At least two bills before the MAINE Legislature -- HB 496 and SB 274 -- would allow independents to vote in the state’s primary elections. Independents have long outnumbered Democrats and Republicans in the state, but it is one of only 11 states...

Debate Over Double Dipping In ME | 03-20-2015

Some have little patience for public retirees who return to paid work in the public sector when they’re already drawing a pension. “I think people who are collecting a big pension and a big salary, I just find that offensive,”...