Category Archives: Governor LePage

King wants national drug mail-back program modeled after Maine effort

U.S. Sen. Angus King rolled out a proposal for a national mail-back program for unused prescription drugs at a roundtable event in Portland on Tuesday. The independent said he’ll be introducing a bill establishing a plan based on a first-of-its-kind Maine program established in 2007 that has allowed people to mail unused prescription drugs to the Maine […]

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 […]

Maine again looks to ban soda, candy purchases with food stamps

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has called a Monday news conference to announce another proposal to ban soda and candy purchases with food stamps, a long-standing goal of the governor, who has floated similar changes since 2013. It’s an uphill battle: Federal law doesn’t allow states to regulate purchases under the federal and state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, so Maine has to ask the […]

Sorensen, Quintero get new jobs as Maine DHHS, Eves shift spokespeople

There’s some change on the Maine political media relations front this week, with two mouthpieces — one Republican and one Democrat — taking new jobs. Gov. Paul LePage has hired David Sorensen, who was the spokesman for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services for the past year, as a policy adviser, while Jodi Quintero, who spoke for House […]

Collins, King oppose GOP bid to roll back Obama emissions rules

Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to roll back President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, with Maine’s senators, Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King, opposing the measure. The Senate voted 52-46 against the plan in a little-used procedure that can block executive orders with a majority vote, according to the Associated Press. But though […]

Advocates: Maine needs more resources, coordination to fight human trafficking

Good morning from Augusta. The story of the day will be the meeting of the Maine Legislature’s watchdog committee in its investigation of Gov. Paul LePage’s involvement with Good Will-Hinckley rescinding an employment contract with House Speaker Mark Eves. Here’s our guide to the cast of characters who will testify today. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. […]

LePage aides set to testify in Good Will-Hinckley case

Two of Gov. Paul LePage’s top aides will testify before the Legislature’s watchdog committee on Thursday as part of an investigation into the governor’s part in Good Will-Hinckley rescinding a job offer to House Speaker Mark Eves. Cynthia Montgomery, LePage’s chief lawyer, and Aaron Chadbourne, an adviser, had little choice, given that the committee subpoenaed them last month after they […]

GE: House vote on Export-Import Bank won’t keep future jobs in Bangor

The revival of the U.S. Export-Import Bank passed the House of Representatives last week, but General Electric Co. says that won’t save 80 future jobs that could have been brought to Bangor. U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican from Maine’s 2nd District who voted for the bank after criticizing it for much of the year, has been roundly […]