Category Archives: Voting Behavior

Katz Agonistes

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold Sorry to mix ¬†literary metaphors, but last night’s endless session convened for a series of final votes represented a set-back … Continue reading

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Day of the Long Knives

With nothing more than a pen, Gov. LePage produced one of the most dramatic days in Maine gubernatorial history. Adding 21 vetoes in a single day to his previous record number of 57 vetoes, the man has out-no’ed any Maine … Continue reading

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Right on, Prof. Krehbiel!

Maine’s biennial budget, which Gov. LePage has promised to veto, has passed both the House and Senate. Hooray for a first step towards no shut-down!¬† We haven’t seen the veto yet, which the governor has announced he will delay in … Continue reading

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Pivot Points, or why we might believe Sen. Katz on MaineCare

Political scientist Keith Krehbiel developed an interesting theory of legislative behavior called “pivot theory” – it’s often been applied to understand US Congressional behavior, but I just came back from a conference where I saw it applied to state legislatures … Continue reading

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Maps, Part 2

WELL. Certainly some additions to make to the veto post below! However, I am not going to do that currently. Instead, I am exploring the use of Google’s Map Builder Lite to look at geographic distributions of legislators by party … Continue reading

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“We will have to work and communicate with each other and with the chief executive”

Governor LePage’s unexpected entry into today’s emergency meeting of the Appropriations and Fiscal Affairs Committee provides yet another cliff-hanger in the dramatic series of interactions between legislators and the governor. (In other news, why yes, we will all be tuning … Continue reading

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Envisioning legislative vote changing and the LePage veto in the 126th Maine State Legislature

The Portland Press Herald is exploring the shift in vote among Republican state representatives on LD 6, the bill that would allow municipalities to decide whether or not they want to require their superintendent to live within the school district. … Continue reading

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