Tag Archives: constitutional law

LePage claims school funding is unconstitutional


Gov. LePage has, you might say, some unusual views about the Maine Constitution. In July 2015 the governor neglected to veto a whole slew of bills he wanted to veto. After the Maine Supreme Judicial Court received arguments (including a brief by three Maine citizens who claimed the Legislature and Attorney General Mills were traitors), […]

Now that the Court decided, will LePage enforce the laws he didn’t veto?


Update below The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Gov. LePage lost the chance to veto dozens of bills. If they were emergency legislation, they are indubitably in effect. If they were not, they will go into effect 90 days after adjournment. The governor’s claims were always a manifestly weak case and the court […]

LePage’s veto refusal case a big waste of time and money

If there’s anything a Maine summer teaches, it’s not to waste a day one could be doing something fabulous outdoors. Our winters are long, the mud season is vexing and we have to seize the time. Summer must have been special to Shakespeare, too. One of his sonnets asked a beloved, “Shall I compare thee […]

Five reasons why LePage’s impeachment has become more likely

Two weeks ago the Maine Legislature’s bipartisan Government Oversight Committee had not yet voted 12-0 to investigate Gov. Paul LePage’s use of state funds to stop Speaker Mark Eves from working as the president of Good Will-Hinckley. OPEGA, the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, will investigate. While it’s far too premature to predict […]

How Janet Mills destroyed the odd LePage veto claim

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

On Friday, July 10, Attorney General Janet Mills made it crystal clear that Gov. LePage missed his chance to veto 19 bills. Thus those 19 bills, and since the weekend, an additional 51, have become law. Mills responded to a statement by the governor’s counsel which said LePage had a much longer time because, according […]

The paranoid caucus, reality and Obamacare

A few days after the Supreme Court, with some tweaks, upheld the Affordable Care Act, conservative political analyst/journalist Byron York reported “conservative anger is growing.” In one example York gave: I ran into a prominent conservative member of Congress Friday night just before the huge storms moved through Washington.  He was, he said, far angrier […]

Short hits: The Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court

1. Before the oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act, the American Bar Association conducted a survey of constitutional law scholars and lawyers with constitutional law practices. 85% thought the entire law would be upheld and 15% thought it would be upheld in part. On the question of the individual mandate, 100% believed that the […]

Supreme Court says: State and federal powers on health care

The Supreme Court’s decision on health care upholds state and federal powers on health care. On Monday, the Court ruled on behalf of the powers of the federal government. Now, by upholding the individual mandate as part of the power to tax, which is in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, the Court has […]

With health care ruling, will the Court support national rule?

As one who hates to predict elections and court cases, I’m not willing to make a prediction on how the Supreme Court will rule on the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare. But Mondays’ decisions have added a wrinkle in two respects: 1. Both the Arizona immigration case and the reaffirmation of Citizens United in the Montana campaign […]