Will LePage’s drug antidote and solar bill vetoes stand?

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers will return on Friday to handle a parade of vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage. It’ll be a long day at the State House, with 33 vetoes up for consideration in the House of Representatives and Senate. We had a full rundown on them yesterday, but the highest-profile bills at stake […]

With Trump closing in on GOP nod, will Collins back him?

Good morning from Augusta, which is in a lull until Friday, when lawmakers will return to handle vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage. But we’ll start with Donald Trump, the governor’s preferred Republican presidential nominee: He swept primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware on Tuesday. Trump’s two opponents, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio […]

LePage blames media for his decision to pull out of education commission

Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that he will withdraw the executive branch completely from participating in a commission aimed at reforming Maine’s public schools funding formula because he is “fed up” with media coverage of his statements and actions as governor. “As of yesterday afternoon I have withdrawn the executive branch from that group,” LePage said Tuesday […]

Cruz, Kasich may be teaming up to stop Trump. That didn’t happen in Maine

Good morning from Augusta, where Monday’s news of Gov. Paul LePage’s private school reform commission meeting (which violated open-meeting law, according to Attorney General Janet Mills) conjured a soundtrack that definitely doesn’t reflect what happened at the Blaine House. But first, we’ll turn our attention to the presidential politics that the governor was heavily involved in over the weekend at the Maine […]

LePage on foreign workers: ‘It’s hard to hear what they’re saying’

Gov. Paul LePage’s speech at the Maine Republican Party’s convention on Saturday contained a riff on the accents of foreign workers from Bulgaria and India. It came after the governor called a referendum question from progressive groups that would raise Maine’s minimum wage to $12 by 2020 “a horrible bill” and criticized Democrats for spiking a competing measure […]