Trump’s pick to lead Medicare, Medicaid did work for LePage administration

Good morning from Augusta, where there’s an old connection to one of President-elect Donald Trump’s key health care appointees. Earlier this week, the Republican picked Indiana health policy consultant Seema Verma to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services alongside U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, his nominee for health and human services secretary. Trump’s stated goal […]

Question 2 recount withdrawal shifts tax reform question to LePage’s budget proposal

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re only going to have one referendum recount after opponents of Question 2 withdrew a request on Tuesday, making the vote official with the pro-referendum side winning by nearly 9,600 votes. On Monday, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s office will hold a recount on Question 1, which would legalize marijuana. It passed by […]

Maine officials aren’t sure what to make of Trump’s infrastructure plan yet

Good morning from Augusta, where the State House is pretty quiet this week in the lead-up to Thanksgiving. So, we’ll look to one of President-elect Donald Trump’s biggest policy plans after an often unspecific campaign — injecting the mind-boggling sum of $1 trillion into infrastructure projects in the next 10 years. It has only been vaguely outlined […]

The LePage administration could be a talent pool for Trump

Good morning from Augusta. President-elect Donald Trump could be making more Cabinet announcements today, but we’re looking a little bit further down the road for a Maine connection to the transition process. Gov. Paul LePage, who endorsed Trump in February during the Republican primaries, hasn’t been among the high-profile politicians shuttled into New York City […]

Maine House Democrats meet to pick leaders amid wrangling over constitutional officers

Good morning from Augusta, where we’ll see the biggest group of lawmakers that we’ve seen in awhile on Friday, when Democrats in the Maine House of Representatives meet to select leaders. Republicans gained three House seats in the November election, but it wasn’t enough to wrest the majority from Democrats, who will have a 77-72 majority […]

Will the Sanders faction gain more traction in the Maine Democratic Party?

Good morning from Augusta. We’re watching the upcoming battle this weekend over leadership of the Maine Democratic Party after the election that saw President-elect Donald Trump win the 2nd Congressional District. That historic split of Maine’s electoral votes has roiled Democrats, whose state committee will vote on Sunday on whether or not to replace party Chairman Phil Bartlett. […]