Category Archives: Legislature

George Mitchell: Trump will take the US backwards

Good morning from Augusta. Yesterday’s political story of the day was in Lewiston, where former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell was stumping with Democratic 2nd Congressional District candidate Emily Cain. That wasn’t a surprise: Mitchell, a Waterville native who rose to be Senate majority leader and czar for peace in the Middle East and Northern Ireland is […]

LePage named fifth-most disliked governor in national poll

Good morning from Augusta, where the country’s fifth-most disliked governor resides, according to the latest poll from Morning Consult. Gov. Paul LePage registered at 58 percent disapproval among Mainers in the latest survey conducted between May and September, which barely moved from the group’s past two surveys released in May 2016 and November 2015. Only four governors — […]

Is Maine’s 2nd District already in Donald Trump’s column?

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re seeing a normally Democratic Maine take perhaps its most prominent role in a presidential race in two decades because of its more conservative 2nd Congressional District. On Monday, Sabato’s Crystal Ball switched the 2nd District from “Leans Democratic” to “Leans Republican,” amid national polls that are tightening in Republican Donald Trump’s favor. Maine has supported Democrats […]

New Maine poll offers good news for Trump, Poliquin

Good morning from Augusta, where a new Colby College/Boston Globe poll has again raised the prospect of Donald Trump winning in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District and taking one of our coveted electoral votes. Maine, one of two states that splits electoral votes by congressional district — giving one each to district-level winners and two to […]

GOP opposition, Constitution makes legislative action against LePage unlikely

Legislative leaders are meeting on Thursday to discuss reconvening the House and Senate to address Gov. Paul LePage’s latest controversy, but Republican opposition and the Maine Constitution place high hurdles ahead of the prospect of even returning to Augusta. It’s the eighth day of fallout from the Republican governor’s remarks on black and Hispanic drug dealers and subsequent profane voicemail to Rep. Drew […]

Republican lawmakers’ split over LePage widens

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re entering the seventh day of Gov. Paul LePage’s latest controversy involving remarks on black and Hispanic drug dealers and a subsequent profanity-laden voicemail to a Democratic lawmaker who criticized him. It’s showing no signs of slowing down and should continue to dominate political coverage today. LePage is set to meet with that lawmaker, […]

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 […]