Category Archives: Daily Brief

LePage echoes Trump in blaming ‘both sides’ for Virginia violence

After remaining largely silent on the past weekend’s violence in Virginia, Gov. Paul LePage erupted Thursday on the radio. Maine’s Republican governor echoed President Donald Trump’s reaction to the Charlottesville conflict, assigning equal blame to white supremacists and counter-protesters who showed up to oppose a rally against removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. […]

LePage: Medicaid expansion would ‘kill’ Maine

Gov. Paul LePage has turned his attention squarely at defeating the Medicaid expansion referendum on this November’s ballot, claiming again that broadening eligibility for the government-run program would drive the state into backbreaking debt. LePage’s ardent opposition to Medicaid expansion is nothing new. He has vetoed bids to do so six times during his tenure, […]

The charlatan who grew Maine’s KKK and how it flamed out

Good morning from Augusta. The weekend’s news was dominated by the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white nationalist sympathizing with demonstrators there killed a woman after he allegedly plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters with a car. It began with a protest of Charlottesville’s pending move to take down a statue of Confederate General […]

Libertarian candidates jump into races to unseat King and Poliquin

The list of candidates for Congress on Maine’s 2018 ballot continues to grow, including some from a new political persuasion for Maine: The Libertarian Party. Chris Lyons of Brunswick has announced that he has launched a campaign to oust fellow Brunswickian Angus King, an independent, from the U.S. Senate. Further north, Brian Kresge of Winterport […]

Shadowy poll suggests problems for Susan Collins if she runs for governor

Good morning from Augusta, where we were caught off-guard on Tuesday by an early, shadowy poll in Maine’s 2018 gubernatorial race that looks aimed to ward off U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who is considering running to replace Gov. Paul LePage. The conservative governor has escalated an intra-Republican Party war against the moderate senator since her […]

Trump will decide fate of Susan Collins’ effort to combat Rx price gouging

A bill that includes a provision co-authored by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to lower drug prices awaits President Donald Trump’s signature. The provision, part of the Food and Drug Administration’s Reauthorization Act, seeks to keep prescription drug prices down by speeding up timelines and inspection procedures for the FDA’s review of applications for generic drug […]

Why no one is happy even though the Legislature is finally leaving Augusta

Good morning from Augusta, where the 128th Legislature finally wrapped up its first session Wednesday with far less camaraderie and good will than on the day it opened nine months ago. Here’s a recap: Gov. Paul LePage won more than he lost on veto day, but he wasn’t satisfied after lawmakers bucked him to raise […]

LePage makes sure Veto Day 2017 lives up to its name

Here we are in early August and the Legislature is finally headed to Augusta for what may possibly be its last day of session for 2017, though don’t count on it. There is talk about a special session later this year, but for now, let’s concentrate on today. The Legislature, which by law was supposed […]

LePage: Collins will ‘back down’ in governor’s race if GOP base rejects her

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage looks to be leading a Republican civil war against U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ 2018 gubernatorial bid — before anyone’s sure that she’ll declare one and as she sits at the center of the national health care debate. The governor railed against the moderate Republican senator at a […]

What do Mainers think of Trump now? Probably what they did on Election Day

A new Gallup poll puts Maine at the middle of the pack among states when it comes to supporting President Donald Trump, which shouldn’t surprise many in our centrist state and doesn’t give us many clues about how our 2018 midterm election will go. The Republican is historically unpopular at just over six months into his […]