Category Archives: Events

Collins, King rank among most popular U.S. senators in poll

Maine really likes its U.S. senators, according to a national survey from Morning Consult. Susan Collins, a Republican, scored an approval rating of 78 percent in a poll of 654 Mainers, the second-highest mark in the country, only behind independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who received an 83 percent rating. Independent Angus King’s mark wasn’t too shabby, either: His […]

Clearing up ‘confusion’ about the Maine GOP’s welfare-tax referendum push

Good morning from Augusta, where insiders’ eyes will be on the Legislative Council on Thursday. They’ll be deciding just how many of about 400 bills submitted for the 2016 session make it before the full Legislature. Here’s my scene-setter for that meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. You can listen in here if you like long committee hearings. […]

Willette moves from LePage campaign to new job as spokesman for state finance department

Former assistant House minority leader and spokesman for Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election campaign Alex Willette has landed a job as a spokesman for the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. Willette, who is one of Maine’s two representatives on the National Republican Committee, was the youngest-ever legislative leader in the U.S. He resigned from his […]

Expect a more aggressive tone from DHHS as former GOP spokesman Sorensen becomes voice of agency

Speculation about where outspoken conservative spokesman David Sorensen will land ended Thursday when the Department of Health and Human Services announced Sorensen will take over as its spokesman. Staff changes like this usually go relatively unnoticed, but Sorensen’s new job could signal a more aggressive stance from DHHS — where Commissioner Mary Mayhew has been […]

Democrats add recreational marijuana legalization to party platform

Delegates at the Democratic State Convention on Saturday voted overwhelmingly to add recreational marijuana legalization to the party platform. At least 75 percent of the delegates voted in favor of supporting legalization for people 21 years of age or older. The vote means that the party’s platform, a lengthy and wide-ranging document meant to guide Democratic elected […]

LePage team calling tonight’s campaign announcement largest in state history

The campaign to re-elect Paul LePage for governor is billing tonight’s official campaign announcement by LePage as “one of the largest state candidate events in Maine history.” Today is Election Day, but don’t worry if you’re still undecided about who you want to be the next governor. That election isn’t for another year. The LePage […]