The Maine Headlines: Volume 13

7/19/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,

This is the Maine Headlines section of your weekly Maine Event.

This feature is for those of you who need your news on the go!

Here’s your quick take on some of the biggest recent stories in Maine Politics:

  • The Maine legislature will NOT be reconvening the never-ending session on Monday, July 23rd as originally scheduled. Lawmakers and the rest of Maine are waiting on hold while Speaker of the Swamp Rep. Sara Gideon and RINO-in-Chief Sen. Mike Thibodeau work on backroom deals. We’ve posted e-mails from both Gideon and Thibodeau at the bottom of the Maine Headlines this week.
  • There is an effort underway to put criminalizing Female Genital Mutilation on the ballot. This comes after Maine Democrats voted to allow FGM in each of the past two legislative sessions. No word yet on when the new Prevent FGM in Maine PAC hopes to get the initiative on the ballot.
  • Maine Republican CD-1 candidate Dr. Mark Holbrook is weighing in on the phony outrage from the unhinged Left about President Trump and Russia: “Where was the left’s outrage when then President Obama sent his covert campaign team to Israel attempting to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Obama also sent $350,000 of taxpayer money to support Netanyahu’s opponent. The truth is, the nefarious scoundrels in the upper floors of the Department of “Just-us” and the FBI have done far more damage to this nation’s sovereignty and to our democracy than the Russians ever could have.”
  • Energy Expert James LaBrecque explains the science behind beating the summer heat and gives some tips on staying cool at a reasonable price…spoiler…get a heat pump!
  • Driverless cars are coming to Portland. Maine’s largest city has been selected as one of seven municipalities to run a pilot program testing self-driving cars.
  • Border Patrol Agents have arrested an illegal alien along our Northern Border. The arrest happened at Calais. With all the attention (and rightfully so) on building a Southern Border Wall, we must not ignore our Northern Border! Great work from our Border Patrol Agents.


From: “Gideon, Sara” <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 3:58 PM -0400
Subject: Our Next Legislative Day
To: “Legislature: Representatives – All” <[email protected]>
Cc: “Legislature: Speakers Office” <[email protected]>, “Legislature: House Democratic Office” <[email protected]>, “Legislature: House Republican Office” <[email protected]>, “Legislature: Clerks Office” <[email protected]>, “Legislature: House Chamber Staff” <[email protected]>

Dear Fellow House Members,

I have heard from many of you individually, so I wanted to send a message out to the entire chamber.

As you know, three bills were enacted when the House and Senate met last Monday, July 9th.  We do not expect to know whether the Governor will veto any of these bills until this Friday, July 20.

The Senate President and I will be waiting to see what the status of those three bills are and assessing what other work can be done before scheduling our next legislative day.  You should be prepared to come in as early as next week, but it is also possible that we will wait to schedule our next day until we are confident that our work can be completed.  For planning purposes, I do not anticipate that we will be coming in Monday, July 23.

I will let you know as soon as we have a date set for our return.


Speaker Sara Gideon


From: “Thibodeau, Michael” <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 4:46 PM -0400
Subject: Special Session – Update
To: “Legislature: All” <[email protected]>

Dear Senate Colleagues,

Many of you have asked what day we will be called back into session to address the remaining business in front of the legislature. At this point, the Speaker and I have not set a specific date.

I do not intend to call the Senate back into session until an agreement is reached to move the tax conformity legislation out of the House of Representatives and to the Senate for final enactment.

As you are aware, there are three bills pending on the governor’s desk. Should those bills be vetoed, we will take them up upon our return.

When we have clarity on what day the legislature will return, I will pass the information on to you as quickly as possible.


Michael Thibodeau

Senate President

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