Category Archives: Governor LePage

Amid pressure to resign, LePage says, ‘I’m looking at all of the options’

Good morning from Augusta, where Republican Gov. Paul LePage is in full-throated apology mode for the now-infamous comments he directed at Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine of Westbrook last week. During his weekly radio appearance on WVOM, LePage said there are no excuses for the obscene voicemail he left for Gattine last week and that he wants […]

What a legislative ‘censure’ of LePage would look like

Good morning from Portland. The weekend brought more fallout from the controversy around Gov. Paul LePage’s comments last week about black and Hispanic drug dealers and his subsequent profane voicemail to a Democratic lawmaker. One of the most jarring responses to the Republican governor came on Sunday from Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, who hasn’t criticized […]

LePage targets hybrid, electric cars in ‘free ride’ gas tax discussion

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage targeted ways to ensure drivers of electric cars are contributing their fair share to the cost of maintaining roads on Tuesday. LePage’s comments came during his weekly radio appearance on WVOM amid a discussion about a trip to Boston the governor has scheduled next week on the expansion […]

LePage commissioner chosen as farming adviser for Donald Trump

A member of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s Cabinet has been chosen to serve on Donald Trump’s Agricultural Advisory Committee. The Republican presidential nominee announced Friday through the Maine Republican Party that Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb, a dairy farmer, has been tapped for the committee. The committee also includes six governors and agricultural […]

Maine senators’ past aid to Fazeli shows immigration policy is not as simple as blocking ‘bad guys’

Good morning from Augusta, where the case of Adnan Fazeli, the Iranian immigrant who fled Maine to fight and die for the Islamic State in 2015, has dominated our politics since first being reported this week by the Portland Press Herald. On Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage told the Boston Herald that he has ordered the Maine Department of […]

Just how similar are Donald Trump and Paul LePage?

Good morning from Portland, where I’m reeling from reading the latest take comparing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Gov. Paul LePage, this time from the Harvard Political Review. It’s an easy connection to make, and one that the Republican governor has made himself: LePage endorsed Trump and ruled out vice-presidential speculation by saying he and the New York City billionaire […]

Maine to see early ads boosting Emily Cain, Gary Johnson

Good morning from Portland, where I got little sleep on account of the oppressive heat and humidity that will continue into today. Forgive me for typos. Today, we look to Maine’s airwaves, where we saw two interesting and early political advertising buys yesterday that will make the rich (TV stations) richer in a banner year. (If you want an ad […]

Collins’ anti-Trump pronouncement shakes up Maine GOP

Good morning from Augusta, where U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ refusal to back Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was still shaking up Republican politics early Wednesday. No big-name Maine Republican was directly criticizing the moderate senator for her stand against the billionaire, though her Facebook page was being bombarded with both positive and negative messages from around the country about […]

What to make of Susan Collins’ stand against Donald Trump

Good morning from Augusta. All eyes are on U.S. Sen. Susan Collins after her bombshell Washington Post op-ed that said she won’t vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. She’s one of only a few Republican senators to make that pronouncement so far, including Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. The only prominent Maine Republican before her to […]