Category Archives: Legislature

What did Maine’s Cruz delegates think of Trump’s speech?

Good morning from my apartment in Gardiner, where I was up late watching Donald Trump accept the Republican presidential nomination. He said America is increasingly threatened by crime and terrorism and he’s the only one who can fix it. But the context-free picture he painted was far bleaker than reality. The New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press all have […]

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 […]

This former Maine congressman wants to do something nobody’s done in 136 years

Without much fanfare, a former Maine congressman announced that he’s looking to re-enter the political arena this week. After another Republican dropped out, David Emery of Tenants Harbor, who represented Maine’s 1st District from 1975 to 1983, is the only person who has publicly expressed interest in the party’s nomination for a seat now held by state Sen. David […]

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 […]

LePage administration rejects bid to treat opiate addiction with marijuana

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has rejected a petition effort to include opiate addiction as a qualifying condition for Maine’s medical marijuana program. It was floated by activists as a way to stem an opiate crisis that led to a record 272 drug overdose deaths in Maine in 2015, but the Department of Health and Human Services determined […]

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 […]

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 […]

Poll: Clinton leads Trump in Maine, but race tied in 2nd District

Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton led Republican Donald Trump in a new Maine poll from the Portland Press Herald, but both are deeply unpopular and Trump is within striking distance in the state’s northern half. The poll doesn’t tell us much new about the 2016 race for the White House in Maine: Public sentiment, as measured […]