Category Archives: Elections

Eliot Cutler’s new crusade? Electing independent legislators

On Monday, the Daily Brief caught up with two-time independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler to talk about the future of Maine’s non-party movement. Next year will bring a key election for independents in the state: Mainers passed a first-in-the-nation system of ranked-choice voting in 2016 and while it’s stuck in the state’s high court over […]

Collins, King seem split on Maine health plan as a national blueprint

Maine was all over NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. Vice President Mike Pence talked up a state health care reform baked into Republicans’ Affordable Care Act replacement plan. But our U.S. senators seemed split on whether that’s a good thing. After their last replacement plan was pulled in March for lack of support, Republican leaders […]

Maine’s Franco voters still hold great sway, and they are increasingly up for grabs

Bonjour d’Augusta, where it’s Franco-American Day at the Maine State House, which will fill for bilingual legislative sessions, inductions into the Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame with musical performances in the hallways and tourtière in the cafe. The event is a nod to the broad demographic comprising nearly a quarter of Maine’s population, making them […]

Collins’ goal if she runs for Maine governor? ‘Heal the state’

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins again demurred on questions about a 2018 gubernatorial run in a Tuesday radio interview, but she said if she ran, her goal would be to “heal the state and bring people back together.” It was the Republican’s most pensive statement yet on a long-discussed potential run to replace the term-limited Gov. Paul LePage. The moderate’s nod to […]

Here are 10 ways legislators want to change Maine’s voter-approved minimum wage law

Good morning from Augusta, where a debate that’s been brewing since November will erupt into a war of words over Maine’s new minimum wage law. A long day of testimony is in store for the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee with 10 bills aimed at chipping away at or preserving the minimum […]

So, who is this young Republican who wants to unseat Angus King?

Good morning from Augusta, where Maine has its first real 2018 campaign with state Sen. Eric Brakey kicking off a steep underdog bid today to unseat independent U.S. Sen. Angus King. We reported the 28-year-old’s campaign launch last night, but there was more in the notebook from our Saturday interview with the Republican from Auburn. […]

Dogs, ziki flies and bull semen: Paul LePage’s odd political history with animals

Good morning from Augusta, where it’s confirmed once and for all that Gov. Paul LePage is a dog person after his incredible Thursday pardon of Dakota, the killer husky with a death sentence hanging over her. But the Republican governor has continually shown a soft spot for dogs, while his relationship with other animals — […]