Category Archives: Donald Trump

LePage will take his fight against North Woods monument to DC

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is planning another trip to Washington, D.C. This time, it’s about the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The Republican governor told WGAN on Thursday he’s going in April or May to testify before a congressional committee that former President Barack Obama “overstepped” the U.S. Antiquities Act […]

We still don’t know how Poliquin will vote on GOP health bill

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage and legislative Republicans have pushed for changes now melded into their party’s national health care bill. U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin pushed for others at a White House meeting on Tuesday. But with a vote expected in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday and top Republicans ruling […]

Fight to stifle Maine’s voter-approved school aid surtax intensifies

Good morning from Augusta, where the fight over Maine’s voter-approved surtax to support public schools begins today in earnest. Opponents of the measure, which squeaked by to passage as a citizen-initiated referendum in November 2016, have painted a dire picture of its impact since then. Among their arguments is that as it stands now, the […]

What Mainers need to know about Trump’s budget

Good morning from Augusta, where President Donald Trump’s budget outline released this week that’s drawing mixed to negative reviews from Maine’s congressional delegation would change the order of business for many government programs. The outline is a stunning reprioritization of the discretionary spending for departments and agencies that makes up about one-third of federal spending. […]

Data undercut LePage claim that many dump private insurance for Medicaid

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re still unpacking Gov. Paul LePage’s wide-ranging radio interview yesterday, which included a tenuous claim on health care that we’ve never heard before. When he was talking about his meeting last week with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on health care reform, he called for “a law […]

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 […]