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Democrats in the Maine Legislature used their majority status to pass an $8.3 billion two-year state budget Tuesday.

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A group of 51 lawmakers from both parties is urging the state to relax its distancing rules for kids in school and get more children back into classrooms.

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The Maine Legislature is considering more than a dozen bills that would limit the duration and scope of the governor’s emergency powers.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District has joined with six other committee chairs requesting documents that federal agencies may have related to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

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Legislative Democrats’ decision to pass a “back to basics” $8.3 billion two-year budget with or without minority Republican support next week has prompted an outcry among GOP lawmakers, who have described the move as a “sham,” “heavy handed” and a break with precedent that will “silence” their constituents.

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Democrats on the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee used their majority on Thursday to send what they call a “bare-bones” budget to the full Legislature without any Republican support.

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BANGOR, Maine — Maine Republicans in the county where Sen. Susan Collins was raised have delivered a rebuke over her vote to convict former President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial.

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Next week, Democrats plan to pass a two-year budget of more than $8 billion, using their party’s majority in the state Legislature. Republicans say that would break with precedent, and that they still don’t know exactly what they’re being asked to vote on next week.

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Senate Democrats in Augusta are proposing a package of five bills they say will improve health care for Mainers.

The debate over Maine’s mandatory annual vehicle inspection is back.

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Maine House Speaker Ryan Fecteau wants to form a 15-member commission to study housing shortages for low- and middle-income residents.

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Since they were sworn in last December, Maine lawmakers have met in session to vote on bills on just two days. In a normal year, they would have been in session for about a dozen days. Still, Democratic House Speaker Ryan Fecteau says the Legislature is working well given the limitations imposed by the pandemic.

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Maine Democratic Congressman Jared Golden is co-sponsoring legislation that would repeal past authorizations for the use of military force and create a new resolution giving congress more control. 

This week on Maine’s Political Pulse:

— An effort to limit foreign influence in ballot campaigns meets stiff opposition from Maine’s leading business group.

— Also, as Congress contemplates increasing the minimum wage, a sticking point emerges on workers who earn tips.