Category Archives: Events

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 […]

What’s the state of Maine’s presidential race?

Good morning from Portland, where I’m recovering from two days of presidential politics in Maine: We got a day of the Donald Trump experience on Thursday and a visit from Democratic underdog Bernie Sanders on Wednesday. And the theater isn’t over: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, one of three remaining Trump rivals, will be at the University […]

What happens when you put Trump, LePage in the same room

The phenomenon that is Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump came to Portland to rally with Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday and the headlines centered around his attacks on 2012 nominee Mitt Romney. That’s because it was Trump’s first public event after Romney criticized him in a speech earlier in the day, but there were moments from Trump’s […]

Trump to rally at Portland hotel on Thursday

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump will rally in Portland on Thursday ahead of Maine’s Saturday caucuses and Gov. Paul LePage will be introducing him. News of Trump’s Maine visit was first reported by WCSH-TV on Wednesday afternoon and the event was placed on Trump’s online schedule shortly afterward. It’ll be in the ballroom of The Westin Portland Harborview hotel — better known as the […]

LePage, Eves continue sparring over governor’s ‘absolute immunity’ claim

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage and his attorney continue to claim “absolute immunity” for the governor regarding the lawsuit against him by House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick. In a legal argument filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, LePage attorney Patrick Strawbridge rebuffs Eves’ claims on several fronts, many of them centered […]

Maine Clean Election battle could heat up this week

Good morning from Augusta, where an already contentious election-year legislative session may get more complicated with wrangling over funding the campaign finance referendum that passed in November. You’ll likely recall that Question 1 contained a host of election reforms. They included new disclosure requirements and increased penalties for violations. But the most important and controversial change was that it […]

LePage: Asylum seekers ‘the biggest problem in our state’

Good morning from Augusta, where Tuesday began with a recognition day for Boy Scouts and ended with a Gov. Paul LePage town hall meeting in Freeport. It was reasonably hostile territory for the Republican, who gave his normal stump speech on energy, economic, welfare and drug issues. But there were a couple of highlights. At one point, […]

Clinton, Bush — likely losers in New Hampshire — hold Maine fundraising leads

Political eyes are trained toward New Hampshire on Tuesday, as record turnout is expected to decide the state’s first-in-the-nation primary that could change the 2016 presidential race. The prohibitive favorites are Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump, who respectively have greater than 99 percent and 69 percent chances of winning, according to polling forecasts by FiveThirtyEight. It’s […]

LePage makes final New Hampshire swing for Christie

Gov. Paul LePage has a full slate of events in New Hampshire today, where he’s campaigning with Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie, who has staked his hopes on a strong showing in Tuesday’s primary. The New Jersey governor’s campaign probably depends on Maine’s neighbor, especially after Christie’s 10th-place finish in the Iowa caucuses on Monday. He’s […]