Category Archives: Elections

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 — […]

LePage: Republicans who bucked Trump on health care should ‘go home’

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is lining up with President Donald Trump and against many congressional Republicans after intra-party squabbling made leaders pull a proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Friday. The Republican governor was against the bill at its rollout early this month, but he went public […]

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 […]

Maine AG, Republicans tell high court they believe ranked-choice voting is unconstitutional

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and legislative Republicans told the state’s high court on Friday that the ranked-choice voting system approved by voters in 2016 is unconstitutional, setting up a fight with advocates for the law. Legal briefs were due to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Friday ahead of an April oral argument in […]