Category Archives: Governor LePage

LePage uses word you can’t say in class to school legislators — again

Good morning from Augusta. If I were going to appoint myself to something, it’d be something easy, such as: I hereby appoint myself chief easy chair tester, and I’m gonna be thorough about it. That sounds great after trying to keep up with another week of political whiplash. Here’s my soundtrack. There’s not a lot on […]

Eves’ attorney: LePage lawsuit immunity claims ‘astonishingly broad’

Good morning from Augusta, where there’s new fallout from House Speaker Mark Eves’ lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage. As you probably know, the Democrat from North Berwick sued the governor last year over the Republican’s role in forcing Good Will-Hinckley to rescind an employment contract with Eves in 2015. LePage threatened to withhold $530,000 in state funding unless the […]

Maine’s congressional delegation demands VA program fix

Good morning from Augusta, which should be reasonably quiet today, with three legislative committees set to do work today. This week, the Maine Legislature’s biggest topic of discussion will likely be conformity with federal income tax changes, an issue that has consisted mostly of partisan posturing so far between Gov. Paul LePage and Democrats. Two […]

LePage makes final New Hampshire swing for Christie

Gov. Paul LePage has a full slate of events in New Hampshire today, where he’s campaigning with Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie, who has staked his hopes on a strong showing in Tuesday’s primary. The New Jersey governor’s campaign probably depends on Maine’s neighbor, especially after Christie’s 10th-place finish in the Iowa caucuses on Monday. He’s […]

King to CVS: Make overdose-reversing drug available without prescription

Good morning from a snowy Augusta, which should be sleepy on Friday with just one legislative committee doing work. Here’s the Maine Emergency Management Agency’s guide to not falling on snow or ice. Gov. Paul LePage has livened up quiet news days before, and we’re waiting for his State of the State address to be delivered (on paper) to […]

Ted Cruz to get dozens of Maine endorsements on Thursday

Good morning from Augusta, where a large group of Republican legislators and activists is set to endorse presidential hopeful Ted Cruz on Thursday. Between 40 and 50 legislators will hold a noon news conference at the State House to announce support for the Texas senator, who won the Iowa caucuses on Monday, finishing ahead of runner-up Donald […]

Democrats reveal details of LePage’s $38 million tax plan

Two Democratic representatives who say they’re tired of Gov. Paul LePage’s administration concealing from the public how he wants to pay for a $38 million tax conformity bill revealed Thursday to the Bangor Daily News what they say he has proposed. The Republican governor’s administration declined to answer questions from the BDN on Thursday about the proposal […]

Biddeford state senator to resign seat, citing alcohol abuse

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re still digesting the contents of Gov. Paul LePage’s televised town hall meeting in Bangor last night. Check out our quick takes on that event. But early today, Sen. David Dutremble, D-Biddeford, announced that he’ll resign his seat Thursday to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. The second-term senator and city firefighter told the […]

LePage: ‘Bring the guillotine back’ and other radio highlights

Gov. Paul LePage’s weekly radio interview on WVOM has become a bombastic, must-listen lately, and Tuesday’s appearance was no different. The Republican governor repeated a version of remarks on drug dealers the Morning Sentinel said he delivered at a recent speech in Waterville, saying legislative proposals to increase sentences for traffickers didn’t go far enough. He said “the death […]

Bruce Poliquin’s fundraising doubles his two Democratic opponents’ combined

Good morning from Augusta, folks. Let’s put on some relaxing music from one of my favorite bands before we get started. If you like that song, check out this one. Now that we’re all grooving, on to business. Today the Legislature will do some of its most important work when the Judiciary Committee considers three […]