Category Archives: Legislature

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 […]

Town GOP chair quits after LePage-backed insurgent wins primary

Good morning from Augusta, where we still don’t know who the Republican nominee for Maine’s 1st Congressional District is and a different divide has led to the resignation of a party official. Tyler Washburn, chairman of town Republicans in Bowdoin, said late Wednesday that he stepped down after conservative insurgent Guy Lebida of Bowdoin beat Republican state Sen. Linda […]

LePage administration tosses bids for massive state complex in Augusta

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has tossed out bids for a massive office complex, leaving the future of the state’s Augusta footprint on hold and up in the air. A request for proposals from the administration in October would have drastically changed the capital: It called for developers to submit bids to build a 225,000-square-foot facility within a mile of the State House […]

Portland legislator’s fundraising haul ‘among’ the highest ever for Maine primary

A Democratic Portland legislator raised an eye-popping $89,000 for her June primary for a Maine Senate seat, a haul that state election officials called among the biggest ever at this point in a race. Rep. Diane Russell’s filing was the highlight of a batch of disclosures due to the Maine Ethics Commission on Friday, covering legislative campaign activities […]

Trump looms over House GOP agenda, Maine politics in 2016

Good morning from Gardiner, where I’m settling back in after a trip to New York City last week. I didn’t see Donald Trump, but I did see “Blackbird” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Highly recommended. I’ll start today (and probably many more days between now and November) with the Republican front-runner. Last week, House Speaker Paul […]

LePage plays politics with threat to bring Legislature back for special session

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re still digging out from Gov. Paul LePage’s town hall meeting on Wednesday in Bangor. There, he admitted being wrong on his debunked story about a Portland high school student overdosing on heroin. But he also said he was considering calling the Legislature back into session to fund raises for […]

Maine panel ends ethics probe on Portland lawmaker, but illuminates legal loophole

Good morning from Augusta, where a Portland lawmaker running for a Maine Senate seat in the city declared victory after a state ethics panel vote on Wednesday. But it wasn’t such a slam dunk and his case illuminated what advocates called a loophole in state election law. It revolves around Rep. Ben Chipman, a Democrat running in a Senate primary […]

LePage’s confusing exchange on Medicaid expansion

Good morning from Augusta, where today’s round-up starts with a confusing exchange on Medicaid expansion between Gov. Paul LePage and a caller on MPBN’s “Maine Calling” on Monday. The main point of confusion seemed to be around existing eligibility for childless adults under Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for low-income people. Maine is one of […]