Gov. Paul LePage, defiant again, to hold Farmington town hall meeting

Gov. Paul LePage announced that he’ll hold another town hall meeting in Farmington on Tuesday, where he’ll sell his plans to reduce the income tax and reform welfare.

It’ll be his first such event since June, when he told a friendly Lisbon crowd to “get rid of the bums who don’t want you to have a say” in eliminating the income tax.

That forum could have been seen as a slight to Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason of Lisbon Falls, a Republican who later helped negotiate a budget compromise with Democrats this year that didn’t meet LePage’s goal of eventually eliminating income taxes.

It just so happens that Farmington is in the district of another Republican state senator who has clashed with LePage — Tom Saviello of Wilton, who called for a legislative investigation of LePage’s actions in pressuring Good Will-Hinckley to remove House Speaker Mark Eves, a Democrat, as its new president.

LePage’s disputes with the Legislature are ongoing: He told MPBN on Monday that he won’t nominate candidates for state regulatory boards and commissions and that he’ll work to bypass legislators by pushing income tax and welfare ballot questions, details of which could be released on Tuesday by the Maine Republican Party, according to the Portland Press Herald.

All that could be front and center on Tuesday evening. — Michael Shepherd


Boehner spills beans on Maine fundraiser

I’m considering an old quasi-mystery solved.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in an interview with Politico published Sunday that this summer he’s traveled from “Maine to Seattle, and New Orleans to North Dakota” this summer to raise $35 million for House Republicans and transferring $6.5 million to their campaign arm.

What’s the significance? In August, when I was with the Kennebec Journal, I reported that Boehner held a fundraiser in Northeast Harbor with U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican from Maine’s 2nd District. Boehner was pictured in the Mount Desert Islander on Aug. 3 at Acadia National Park.

But Poliquin’s staff wouldn’t confirm the event, which likely happened the next day. Neither did Poliquin himself.

“We have events all the time, Mike. You know, because of confidentiality and security reasons, you know, we don’t confirm a lot of these things,” he told me. “So, that is not a confirmation or a denial.”

If there was any doubt about the event (there wasn’t), it should probably be put to rest now.

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Free beer, wine aboard the Bernie boat

Supporters of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, will hold a rally and a fundraiser cruise at the Maine State Pier in Portland on Sunday.

The rally is from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., followed by the two-hour schooner cruise at 5 p.m. Tickets to the cruise were $60, but attendees are “strongly encouraged to contribute as much as you possibly can” to Sanders, the invitation says.

Only 35 schooner tickets went on sale and the event appears to be sold out. It offers free music, beer and wine once you’re aboard, and hey, that itself is hard to turn down. — Michael Shepherd

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About Michael Shepherd

Michael Shepherd joined the Bangor Daily News in 2015 after covering state, federal and local issues for the Kennebec Journal for three years. He's a Hallowell native who now lives in Gardiner. He graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 and is a graduate student at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service.