Expect a more aggressive tone from DHHS as former GOP spokesman Sorensen becomes voice of agency

Speculation about where outspoken conservative spokesman David Sorensen will land ended Thursday when the Department of Health and Human Services announced Sorensen will take over as its spokesman. Staff changes like this usually go relatively unnoticed, but Sorensen’s new job could signal a more aggressive stance from DHHS — where Commissioner Mary Mayhew has been […]

LePage calls Obama’s immigration stance ‘shameful,’ says it’s easier to ‘jump fence’ than follow legal path to citizenship

  The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Gov. Paul LePage had some stern words and a personal story for President Barack Obama over immigration during a meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Boca Raton, Florida. According to the newspaper’s Washington Wire blog, the governors were discussing the possibility that Obama will use executive action […]

Monday roundup: Poll shows support for higher taxes; Nancy Pelosi endorses Emily Cain for Congress … in 2016

Are you sick of poll results yet? These aren’t about the Nov. 4 election, I promise. Days before the election, the Bangor Daily News released the results of a BDN/Ipsos poll conducted between October 23 and 29 of more than 1,000 Maine residents, including 946 registered voters and 488 likely voters. You’ve read about some of […]

Outspoken voice for House GOP is leaving the State House — and maybe Maine

David Sorensen, who for two years has been the most high-profile legislative staffer in Maine, is leaving his post as communications director for the House Republican Office. Sorensen had taken a leave of absence from the State House to be spokesman for the Maine GOP during this year’s election, which resulted in sweeping wins for Republicans, who […]

How each campaign spent in their final days

It's all about the Benjamins, baby.  Creative Commons photo.

Campaigns for Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud spent up until the day before the election to try and win over voters. The expenditures in those final days give some insight into how the campaigns hoped they would push their respective candidates over the top. Michaud’s campaign spent heavily on television ads, with most spending right […]

LePage wins re-election at Marden’s prices

Candidates for governor are battling for hearts and minds. Sure. But while they fight with their words, they also do it with their money and other people’s money (which, in American politics, roughly equals words). Candidates can’t just buy votes (so the review is a bit crude), but it is possible to put a rough price tag on […]