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LePage blasts Paul Ryan, GOP health plan in Breitbart interview

Gov. Paul LePage continued his string of national media appearances Friday by granting an interview to a reporter from Breitbart News in which he took shots at Republican U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan for refusing to meet with him. LePage has spent considerable time during the past few weeks in Washington, D.C. Between visits with […]

LePage, Democrats still can’t agree on the basic math of Question 2

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage’s Office of Policy and Management released an economic impact study on a new 3 percent surtax on income over $200,000 that is drawing some criticism over its methodology. The Republican governor opposed Question 2, which passed on the 2016 ballot with an aim to boost school funding […]

LePage rips GOP health plan, calls Trump job rumors ‘wishful thinking’

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is back after a weeks-long trip through Florida and Washington, D.C. But he’ll be headed back to the nation’s capital later this week to protest the House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. LePage said he doesn’t like the plan as it was […]

King’s session on Supreme Court nominee was mostly about Trump

Good morning from Augusta. This weekend, U.S. Sen. Angus King found himself in the national spotlight as Republicans fished around for at least eight Democratic votes to help President Donald Trump install conservative Neil Gorsuch on the U.S. Supreme Court. King, an independent who caucuses and normally votes with the Democrats, hasn’t said whether or […]

The ‘juicy rumors and false innuendo’ on LePage and Trump

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re trying to figure out two things: Where Gov. Paul LePage is and whether he really is in the running for a job in President Donald Trump’s administration. We’ve been hearing lots of rumors since last week on these subjects. A highly speculative Portland Press Herald piece on LePage’s activities revved […]

The Trump who spoke to Congress was a lot less fiery than the Trump who stumped in Maine

Republicans are in celebration mode and Democrats are saying Republican President Donald Trump focused on pandering and not details Tuesday night in his first address to a joint session of Congress. Trump’s speech — which unlike most of his previous public appearances adhered tightly to the script — was remarkable for its departure from Trump’s […]

He’s no Bernie bro but a Maine GOP lawmaker wants to ax ‘corporate welfare’

Good morning from Augusta, where a Republican lawmaker laid out a plan to bulldoze many of Maine’s convoluted set of business tax exemptions. In doing so, he showed that while it could be feasible in the current anti-government, anti-tax environment, it’s also fraught with political peril. That tightrope is why these tax breaks have survived […]

LePage on Fox News: Obamacare has been ‘stealing from the American people’

Good morning from Augusta. Gov. Paul LePage started today in the national media spotlight with an appearance on Fox & Friends. LePage has been in Washington for several days meeting with President Donald Trump and Republican governors and leading a discussion about welfare reform at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. LePage’s national television […]