Latest call to rein in how Maine PAC money can be spent fizzles

A Democratic state senator’s bill to bar legislators from using political action committees for personal gain stalled amid a dispute with Senate President Mike Thibodeau, who wanted to investigate the use of public campaign money.

There’s a tax deal in Congress and Collins thinks her amendments are in

Collins hasn’t seen a final bill, but a spokeswoman says she’s confident that her amendments are in the package with possible improvements. But she’s facing protests at home and in Washington.

Alabama’s Senate race may have made Susan Collins more important overnight

Democrat Doug Jones will shrink Republicans’ Senate majority after his upset win on Tuesday, making the Maine senator’s vote more valuable to Republicans.

Partisan rancor makes Lewiston election about a lot more than who will run the city

Ben Chin has a chance to put Lewiston under firm Democratic control in Tuesday’s mayoral race. Shane Bouchard can continue a recent and partial Republican trend there.

Stuff your stockings with these Maine political tchotchkes

Susan Collins isn’t sure where Congress’ final tax bill is going to wind up, a group of Maine hard-liners is linked to Alabama’s heated Senate race and it’s Paul LePage vs. Bernie Sanders in Lewiston’s mayoral race.

LePage remains mum on who he wants to succeed him

Gov. Paul LePage made a rare public appearance on Thursday, at which he dismissed a report that President Donald Trump wants him to challenge U.S. Sen. Angus King and declined to weigh in on whether he would endorse any of the Republican candidates seeking to succeed him.

Study shows Collins’ health care fixes could offset mandate — if they pass

Good morning from Augusta. An analysis released Tuesday showed that two Affordable Care Act fixes backed by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins could offset the premium impact of repealing the law’s individual mandate — but only if they can pass and that’s a big if. The analysis didn’t examine the individual mandate’s repeal, but it can […]

Poliquin joins new push for firm policy on child immigrants by year’s end

The congressman from Maine’s 2nd District is among a group of Republicans calling for a “balanced approach” around an Obama-era immigration policy. A coalition led by the Maine Chamber of Commerce wants a solution, too.

Collins retreats from claim that GOP tax plan will ‘lower the debt’

The Maine senator is facing protests and challenges about how she has pitched the bill’s deficit impact, but she’s asking for more money to offset proposed health care changes.