Category Archives: Daily Brief

How Mainers will mark Day 1 under President Donald Trump

Good morning from Augusta on what will be the first half-day of America under President Donald Trump — three words that I never thought I’d type as a young and only very casual watcher of “The Apprentice.” Here’s your Prince-penned soundtrack. The Bangor Daily News’ coverage will kick off at 9 a.m. with a live blog in which we’ll […]

LePage scolds lawmakers in letter saying he would meet with them

In a stark departure from past practice, Gov. Paul LePage has kicked off the new legislative session with a personal visit to a legislative committee and he intends to do more — maybe. LePage limits his appearances before committees to high-stakes issues, and those visits became even more infrequent after Democrat Dawn Hill, then Senate […]

CIA file labels Margaret Chase Smith ‘thin-skinned.’ James Stewart might have agreed.

Good morning from Augusta, where my attention last night was on rooting out a Maine connection in 12 million pages of declassified documents posted online yesterday by the CIA. The best find? A 1958 file in which the agency smack-talks iconic Maine U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith and mentions the late Republican’s opposition to a military promotion for legendary actor […]

LePage: Chellie Pingree should resign, John Lewis should thank white presidents

Republican Gov. Paul LePage had tough words Tuesday morning for Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree regarding her decision to skip President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. “If she won’t attend on Friday, I would advise her to resign,” LePage said during a regular radio interview on WVOM. “To me that’s political rhetoric. Donald Trump is […]

Obama won twice in Maine, but his politics took backward steps

Good Martin Luther King Jr. Day morning from Augusta. Take an hour to listen to a speech he gave at Bowdoin College in 1964. The State House is closed on this federal and state holiday and the Daily Brief is late and short. It’s also the final Monday under President Barack Obama, who will turn his office over to Republican President-elect […]

LL Bean gets boost from Trump after progressives’ boycott call

Good morning from Augusta, where we’ve reached a milestone: President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter account made Maine news for the first time this morning by backing our most iconic company in a social media fight about him. That’s the call for a boycott of L.L. Bean by a progressive group. The reason? Board member Linda Bean — the […]

Fighting drugs, freeing hedgehogs: Here are Maine lawmakers’ priorities for 2017

Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Legislature on Monday released the list of all 1,824 bills proposed by lawmakers in 2017. The New Year ritual sends many State House observers into their bunkers to parse it all. Here are the items of consequence — and non-consequence — that we found: The biggest issue: Maine’s opiate crisis, which drove a […]