Category Archives: Elections

Maine Republicans start to align behind Donald Trump

Good morning from Augusta. Across the country, Republicans are coming to terms with presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and prominent Maine party members began to rally around him yesterday after his last two challengers, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, dropped out. For much of the race, Trump had no prominent supporters here except for Gov. […]

Part of Maine’s legal pot proposal is unconstitutional

It may seem counterintuitive, but the marijuana legalization question headed to Maine’s 2016 ballot contains an almost certainly unconstitutional restriction on some of the plant’s biggest boosters — magazines like High Times. The conflict with First Amendment guarantees to free speech and a free press only affects a small portion of the law and predates the October […]

Solar contractor: LePage, Fredette ‘disingenuous as s–t’ on industry bill

It’s a quiet morning in Augusta after the Maine Legislature wrapped up work last week by overriding 20 of Gov. Paul LePage’s 33 session-ending vetoes. But with help from House Republicans, the governor’s veto pen won one key battle, killing a solar reform bill that was heavily lobbied by the industry and environmental groups. They’re not happy: In a Facebook post, Vaughan Woodruff, […]

With Trump closing in on GOP nod, will Collins back him?

Good morning from Augusta, which is in a lull until Friday, when lawmakers will return to handle vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage. But we’ll start with Donald Trump, the governor’s preferred Republican presidential nominee: He swept primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware on Tuesday. Trump’s two opponents, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio […]

Cruz, Kasich may be teaming up to stop Trump. That didn’t happen in Maine

Good morning from Augusta, where Monday’s news of Gov. Paul LePage’s private school reform commission meeting (which violated open-meeting law, according to Attorney General Janet Mills) conjured a soundtrack that definitely doesn’t reflect what happened at the Blaine House. But first, we’ll turn our attention to the presidential politics that the governor was heavily involved in over the weekend at the Maine […]

LePage floats list of who Maine should send to GOP national convention

Good morning from Augusta, but Bangor will be Maine’s political center this weekend. The Maine Republican Party begins its state convention there on Friday and on Saturday, it’ll pick the delegates who will help decide the party’s presidential nominee in July at what may be the first contested national convention since 1976. In Maine, the 2016 convention is […]

Maine Democrats hold wide legislative money lead ahead of 2016 races

Good morning from Portland. Why am I here? Well, Augusta is empty for two reasons: Patriot’s Day (yes, that’s where Maine puts the apostrophe) and the Legislature finished its business just after 2 a.m. on Saturday. The last day’s action included a bipartisan compromise on purchase bans for alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, tattoos and other items using cash assistance, a […]

Will the Maine Legislature bail out mill towns?

Good morning from Augusta, where a last-minute bill to change Maine’s school funding formula to help struggling mill towns was amended amid confusion and urban-rural divide by the House of Representatives on Wednesday night. It was proposed by Gov. Paul LePage as a response to recent paper mill closures. Last month, the mill in Madison announced that it will shut down in May, laying […]

Ben Carson to keynote Maine GOP dinner in Bangor

Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson will headline a banquet at the Maine Republican Party’s state convention on April 22 in Bangor. The retired neurosurgeon dropped out of the race in March and endorsed Republican front-runner Donald Trump, the controversial billionaire also backed by Gov. Paul LePage. Carson has been a top Trump surrogate since then, but he’s been […]