Category Archives: Legislature

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 […]

Voting irregularities mar Sanford legislative election

Republican Matthew Harrington’s victory in the special election for a Maine House of Representatives seat representing part of Sanford was confirmed in a Friday recount. However, it came with bipartisan criticism of problems at one polling place, including a Maine Republican Party accusation of voter fraud against a former Democratic state senator. That attack’s validity is […]

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. […]

Maine secretary of state sets Sanford race recount for Nov. 13

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s office will hold a Nov. 13 recount after unofficial Tuesday election results separated two Sanford legislative candidates by just 14 votes. By that count, the seat in House District 19 was won by Republican Matthew Harrington. But a recount was requested by Democrat Jean Noon, who sought to replace her husband, Bill Noon, […]

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 […]

Sanford Democrat requests recount in special House election

Tuesday’s special election for the Sanford-area District 19 House of Representatives seat isn’t over yet. Democratic candidate Jean Noon, who is vying to fill the seat in place of her late husband, William Noon, has requested a recount of ballots in the race. William Noon died in July after a long battle with cancer. The […]

In letters, LePage takes Katz fight to GOP, backs wind project

Good morning from Augusta. Today’s Daily Brief is brought to you by two letters from Gov. Paul LePage’s administration that caught our eye last week. LePage isn’t big on Roger Katz these days LePage has escalated an intra-party fight with Sen. Roger Katz, forwarding two letters to the Maine Republican Party’s state committee urging the senator to recuse […]

More than $500,000 pours into Maine’s 2016 legislative races

Maine is more than a year away from electing a new Legislature in 2016, but the partisan campaigns for both chambers are gearing up, raising more than $500,000 through September. Nearly 82 percent — or $429,000 — of that $524,000 haul is from Democrats, according to records filed with the Maine Ethics Commission.  They’re well ahead of their fundraising pace at this […]

Democratic loyalties further tested in Portland mayoral race

The endorsements just keep coming in Portland’s mayoral race. On Monday, five former city mayors, including former U.S. Rep. Tom Allen, a Democrat, endorsed challenger Ethan Strimling, according to the Portland Press Herald. On Tuesday, Mayor Michael Brennan countered with an endorsement from House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, in a letter to the Press Herald. […]