Category Archives: Governor LePage

George Mitchell: Trump will take the US backwards

Good morning from Augusta. Yesterday’s political story of the day was in Lewiston, where former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell was stumping with Democratic 2nd Congressional District candidate Emily Cain. That wasn’t a surprise: Mitchell, a Waterville native who rose to be Senate majority leader and czar for peace in the Middle East and Northern Ireland is […]

LePage named fifth-most disliked governor in national poll

Good morning from Augusta, where the country’s fifth-most disliked governor resides, according to the latest poll from Morning Consult. Gov. Paul LePage registered at 58 percent disapproval among Mainers in the latest survey conducted between May and September, which barely moved from the group’s past two surveys released in May 2016 and November 2015. Only four governors — […]

Is Maine’s 2nd District already in Donald Trump’s column?

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re seeing a normally Democratic Maine take perhaps its most prominent role in a presidential race in two decades because of its more conservative 2nd Congressional District. On Monday, Sabato’s Crystal Ball switched the 2nd District from “Leans Democratic” to “Leans Republican,” amid national polls that are tightening in Republican Donald Trump’s favor. Maine has supported Democrats […]

John Baldacci opposes ballot bid to tax high earners more to hike school aid

Good morning from Augusta, where former Gov. John Baldacci bucked his Democratic Party again on a referendum question, saying he opposes Question 2 on the November ballot. The question, which would tax income over $200,000 at 3 percent to increase K-12 public education funding, is backed by Stand Up for Students, a progressive coalition led […]

New Maine poll offers good news for Trump, Poliquin

Good morning from Augusta, where a new Colby College/Boston Globe poll has again raised the prospect of Donald Trump winning in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District and taking one of our coveted electoral votes. Maine, one of two states that splits electoral votes by congressional district — giving one each to district-level winners and two to […]

Clinton leads Trump in Maine, but poll shows stark regional divide

Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton led Republican Donald Trump by 9 percentage points in a new Maine poll released Wednesday, but deep polarization leaves an opening for Trump to win the state’s northern half. The survey from Emerson College in Boston is a fascinating demonstration of the long-observed “two Maines” political conflict between the liberal south and more conservative […]

Without evidence, let’s move on from speculation on LePage’s health

Good morning from Augusta, where it looks like Gov. Paul LePage’s biggest controversy yet looks to have exited the Maine Legislature and entered the legislative campaigns. But first, a word on speculation that won’t go away regarding the governor’s health. To recap: Democratic leaders’ bid to force a special session was dead last week, but House […]