Category Archives: Donald Trump

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 […]

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 […]

Pingree to skip Trump inaugural, joining dozens of other Democrats

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (BDN File) U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said Monday that she won’t go to Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, joining a group of more than 30 other Democrats who are boycotting the festivities. Pingree, a fifth-term congresswoman from Maine’s 1st District, made the announcement at a dinner in Portland celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. She backed Rep. […]

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 […]

This small Maine political operation started the Trump-LL Bean commotion

President-elect Donald Trump turned his hot Twitter light on Maine on Thursday, backing L.L. Bean and company heiress Linda Bean after her donations to a pro-Trump committee led to an effort from progressives to boycott the outfitter. But though her donation to the pro-Trump group has drawn global attention, it is relatively minor in the context […]

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 […]

Other than the timing, LePage’s budget offers few surprises

Lawmakers, lobbyists, reporters and the public have had a couple days to study Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s final biennial state budget proposal, which his administration released late Friday night. Breaking from recent tradition, LePage and members of the executive branch opted against presenting the budget by briefing lawmakers or the media, although the written delivery […]

Covering LePage is more complicated than just repeating what he says

Good morning from Augusta, where how we cover Gov. Paul LePage is an ever-evolving challenge. Keen followers of Maine political coverage might have noticed that some media outlets covered LePage’s statement on the radio Thursday that two Maine companies are set to close their doors and eliminate some 400 jobs. The governor’s statement was vague, […]

Ditching tinted glass ban, keeping voters’ hands off wildlife laws among new Legislature’s first items of business

The State House begins its busy season today with the return of the 128th Legislature and its front-loaded agenda. Typically, it takes weeks stretching into months for the Legislature to reach full speed on its task of processing the 1,500 to 2,000 bills that are proposed in a typical two-year session. That will be true […]