Category Archives: Governor LePage

LePage allowed to pay lawyer $5,000 to fight potential $500 fine

Attorney General Janet Mills’ office has given Gov. Paul LePage permission to pay a lawyer up to $5,000 to defend him in an open-meeting lawsuit filed by Mills. The maximum penalty if the Republican governor loses? $500. The LePage administration’s request to hire Bangor-based municipal lawyer Erik Stumpfel for no more than $5,000 was granted in a […]

A Maine Democrat’s day in the national convention spotlight

Good morning from downtown Gardiner, where it’s already hot and I’m feeling the effects of a sunburn from a weekend on Webb Pond in Hancock County. But I’ll power through, because it’s my job to tell you about the Maine delegation feeling the Bern in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention. The roll call vote to […]

Will Maine-led superdelegate challenge gain traction at Democratic convention?

Good morning from Augusta. The big story Wednesday from Day 3 of the Republican National Convention was the speech from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in which he didn’t endorse former presidential rival Donald Trump, the party’s nominee. The convention erupted in boos after it became apparent that there wouldn’t be an endorsement, Trump ended up going onto the floor before Cruz […]

Doctors, police say LePage is wrong on opiate overdose antidote

Good morning from Augusta, where the news of Thursday was Gov. Paul LePage’s refusal to sign onto a compact from 46 governors about fighting opiate addiction. As you’d expect from something signed by almost all governors, the compact is non-controversial: It calls for reducing inappropriate opiate prescriptions, outreach efforts, reducing barriers to treatment and increasing access to naloxone, a drug that […]

It looks like conservatives push-polled Mike Thibodeau’s district

Good morning from Augusta. This is the time of year that your phone will start to ring with political robocalls and polls. Today, we lead with one that looks particularly dirty, courtesy of a Winterport man who took a polling call at home on Monday evening that he said ended after he became angry. He asked not to […]

Why won’t Poliquin say he went to a meeting with Donald Trump?

Good morning from Portland, but political eyes are further south of Maine to Washington, D.C., where Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump met with his party’s members of Congress on Thursday. Those meetings were a bit uncomfortable, according to The Washington Post. With senators, Trump had confrontations with Jeff Flake of Arizona and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, both of whom […]

Trump, Sanders and Clinton still owe Portland money for rallies

Good morning from Augusta, where the Fourth of July lull means a much quieter political week than last week’s day of Donald Trump in Bangor. But we’re learning some new things about the presumptive Republican nominee’s March trip to Portland, along with other trips to Maine by Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton and her main […]

Dueling Trump, Obama speeches show just how different they are

Good morning from my couch in Gardiner, where I’m recovering after the much-anticipated day of Donald Trump in Bangor. Here are our reports from inside the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s rally and outside, where there were confrontations between supporters and protesters and a Trump-unrelated fight between passers-by near the Paul Bunyan statue. A few demonstrators were removed […]

Will other big-name Republicans join LePage at Trump’s Bangor rally?

Good morning from Augusta, where reporters and Gov. Paul LePage have something in common: We’re all preparing for Donald Trump’s Wednesday rally in Bangor. Maine’s Republican governor was one of the first major office-holding endorsers of the billionaire who is now the party’s presumptive nominee, so it’s only natural that LePage would be there, as […]

Donald Trump to rally in Bangor on Wednesday

Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump will hold a rally in Bangor on Wednesday. It will be the New York City billionaire’s second trip to Maine after a Portland rally just before the state’s presidential caucuses in March, where he was introduced by Gov. Paul LePage, who has been a surrogate for Trump since a February endorsement. Wednesday’s rally […]