Category Archives: Events

Collins’ terrorist watchlist gun ban survives, but how alive is it?

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re watching the debate the compromise gun legislation from U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, after it passed an initial vote on Thursday. But that belies its chances of passage and global and national events are overshadowing Maine politics today. Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a stunning move that made […]

Recount in Maine’s 1st Congressional District set for next week

The recount in the Republican primary for the party’s nomination in Maine’s 1st Congressional District has been set for Tuesday, but the result may not be known until week’s end. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s office said Wednesday that the recount between apparent winner Mark Holbrook and Ande Smith is expected to take between three and four […]

Bloomberg group gives Maine gun purchase background check proponents huge cash edge

Good morning from Augusta, where filings from two groups looking to expand firearm background checks on Maine’s 2016 ballot show that they’re awash in much more cash from a group linked to Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-mayor of New York City. In April and May, filings with the Maine Ethics Commission show that the group, Everytown […]

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 […]