LePage’s drug arrest photo binder undermines 90% black, Hispanic claim

More than half of the photographs filling a binder that Gov. Paul LePage cited as supporting a claim that upward of 90 percent of suspects arrested in Maine on opiate-trafficking charges are out-of-state “black and Hispanic people” are instead of white drug defendants. The Republican governor’s office released the 148-page file on Monday after public access requests from the Bangor Daily News […]

New poll shows solid leads for Poliquin, Trump in Maine’s 2nd District

Good morning from Augusta, where there are new Maine-centric poll numbers to peruse thanks to the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. In the presidential race, which is on everyone’s mind today with the first 90-minute debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump scheduled for tonight, the poll […]

George Mitchell: Trump will take the US backwards

Good morning from Augusta. Yesterday’s political story of the day was in Lewiston, where former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell was stumping with Democratic 2nd Congressional District candidate Emily Cain. That wasn’t a surprise: Mitchell, a Waterville native who rose to be Senate majority leader and czar for peace in the Middle East and Northern Ireland is […]

Obama threatens to veto ‘onerous’ Poliquin bill on Iranian leaders’ finances

Calling it “onerous” before it passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, President Barack Obama’s administration issued a Wednesday veto threat of a bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin that would force the U.S. to disclose financial information on top Iranian officials. It’s linked to opposition from Poliquin and fellow Republicans to the Democratic president’s 2015 nuclear […]

LePage named fifth-most disliked governor in national poll

Good morning from Augusta, where the country’s fifth-most disliked governor resides, according to the latest poll from Morning Consult. Gov. Paul LePage registered at 58 percent disapproval among Mainers in the latest survey conducted between May and September, which barely moved from the group’s past two surveys released in May 2016 and November 2015. Only four governors — […]

Trump draws even with Clinton in new Maine poll

Hillary Clinton is in danger of being the first Democrat to lose Maine in a presidential election since 1988, with a poll released Tuesday showing her tied statewide with Republican Donald Trump. The survey from the progressive Maine People’s Resource Center is the most worrying sign for the Democrat here so far, reinforcing a clear Trump lead in […]

Angus King: Trump’s immigrant ban would come at ‘terrible cost’

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King on Tuesday rejected Donald Trump’s argument that the United States should close its borders to immigrants. King, the former governor whom Maine voters overwhelmingly elected to the Senate in 2012, said on CNN’s “New Day” program, which was subsequently summarized by The Hill, that ending immigration would be a “terrible […]

Is Maine’s 2nd District already in Donald Trump’s column?

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re seeing a normally Democratic Maine take perhaps its most prominent role in a presidential race in two decades because of its more conservative 2nd Congressional District. On Monday, Sabato’s Crystal Ball switched the 2nd District from “Leans Democratic” to “Leans Republican,” amid national polls that are tightening in Republican Donald Trump’s favor. Maine has supported Democrats […]