What a legislative ‘censure’ of LePage would look like

Good morning from Portland. The weekend brought more fallout from the controversy around Gov. Paul LePage’s comments last week about black and Hispanic drug dealers and his subsequent profane voicemail to a Democratic lawmaker. One of the most jarring responses to the Republican governor came on Sunday from Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, who hasn’t criticized […]

New controversy erupts over LePage comments about Muslim, blacks, Hispanics

Good morning from Augusta. In two speaking appearances Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage put himself back in the center of two race-related controversies, one he started and one touched off by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump prompted a national outcry and widespread condemnation in July when he criticized Khizr Khan, who spoke against Trump at the Democratic […]

In July, Clinton outraised Trump fivefold in Maine

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Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign had its biggest Maine fundraising haul yet in July as Republican Donald Trump’s fundraising grew slightly, at about one-fifth of Clinton’s draw. The latest fundraising figures reflect a slower acceleration in fundraising for the Trump campaign in Maine, but they also skew toward showing larger donors. The reports only reflect amounts for […]

LePage targets hybrid, electric cars in ‘free ride’ gas tax discussion

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage targeted ways to ensure drivers of electric cars are contributing their fair share to the cost of maintaining roads on Tuesday. LePage’s comments came during his weekly radio appearance on WVOM amid a discussion about a trip to Boston the governor has scheduled next week on the expansion […]

Late GOP withdrawals give Maine Democrats an advantage in legislative races

Democrats’ efforts to keep their majority in the Maine House of Representatives through the November elections are helped by the fact that at least 11 Democrats are running unopposed, compared with four unopposed Republican House candidates. The Maine secretary of state’s office has said another Republican candidate also intends to withdraw but hasn’t yet submitted […]

LePage commissioner chosen as farming adviser for Donald Trump

A member of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s Cabinet has been chosen to serve on Donald Trump’s Agricultural Advisory Committee. The Republican presidential nominee announced Friday through the Maine Republican Party that Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb, a dairy farmer, has been tapped for the committee. The committee also includes six governors and agricultural […]