Former Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, became the latest lawmaker involved in the drafting of President Obama’s health care law to undermine the case against the legislation currently being considered by the Supreme Court. In an interview with the New York Times, Snowe, who left office in 2013, said that the language at the heart of the suit was perhaps the product of “inadvertent language” and “never part of our conversations at any point.”
Maybe all that time Democrats spent courting Olympia Snowe wasn't wasted after all.
A freak early-season snowstorm has paralyzed large parts of Maine, leaving thousands without power and putting a damper on today's election. Some parts of the state recorded up to 21 inches of snow. CentralMaine.com reports that up to 65,000 residents were still without power as of Monday, and some towns had to change their polling locations because of the outage.
Doctors Without Borders nurse Kaci Hickox, who returned one week ago from treating patients in West Africa for Ebola, may roam free again. A Maine judge on Friday said state officials will need to prove the need for a mandatory quarantine if they want to enforce one for health-care workers returning from West Africa, the Associated Press reported. State officials were trying to constrain Hickox to her home for 21 days, Ebola's incubation period. At one point, they even prevented a pizza delivery for about 20 hours. Ebola is only contagious while a patient shows symptoms. Hickox has not shown any symptoms for Ebola, and she twice tested negative for the disease.
Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court. The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus without resorting to overzealous and useless precautions or violating civil rights. Hickox, 33, tested negative for Ebola after returning from treating patients in West Africa. She previously blasted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie after she was taken from Newark's airport and put in quarantine in a tent before being driven to Maine to spend the rest of her 21-day quarantine at her home.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) pulled out his veto pen Wednesday and rejected Obamacare's Medicaid expansion for the third time after it passed through the state legislature. Though the expansion bill cleared the legislature, it did not pass with enough votes to override LePage's veto, the Portland Press Herald reported, which is also what killed its predecessors.
A six-term congressman and former paper-mill worker hoping to unseat Maine Gov. Paul LePage next year announced that he's gay — a response to what he called a "whisper campaign" by political opponents hoping to weaken his gubernatorial bid.
Maine has a long tradition of respected, responsible, restrained leaders who view themselves as Mainers and public servants first — and partisans only as a distant second. That has been true whether those leaders are Democrats, Republicans, or independents. Yet the productive atmosphere in Augusta has given way lately to discontent, because of Governor Paul LePage’s alienating approach. LePage, a conservative Tea Party-backed Republican a conservative, Tea Party-backed Republican who won election with less than 40 percent of the vote in a five-candidate field in 2010, has proved a lamentable exception to Maine’s usual pattern of that rulepolitical restraint. As a candidate, LePage declared that if elected, he’d make news by telling President Obama “to go to hell.