Gov. Paul LePage has used a veto message to call the contents of a bill to restrict the use of fireworks, which passed in the House and Senate last month, “heavy-handed regulations that are far from reasonable.” LePage also vetoed a bill that as of January 2015 would require private health insurance companies to cover […]
A new poll released Tuesday by Mike Michaud’s campaign for governor shows the Democrat with a 4-point lead over incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, with independent Eliot Cutler in a distant third place. The poll, conducted March 3-6 by Normington, Petts & Associates, a firm with a long history of polling for Democrats, surveyed 800 […]
Luckily for politicians, there are myriad economic indicators that can easily be spun to fit the day’s narrative. Depending on who you listen to, Maine’s economy is booming, or it’s stagnant.
A successful and well-liked TV show could help raise their respective profiles, and good on-screen chemistry between the Augusta Republican and North Haven Democrat could give each greater stature as bipartisan leader.
Yesterday I reported here at State & Capitol that John Frary of Farmington is considering challenging Republican Sen. Tom Saviello of Wilton in the Senate District 18 primary election. Then this morning, Ethan Strimling over at the BDN’s Agree to Disagree blog cited an unnamed source to report that Saviello would leave the Republican Party […]
Education is important. Other than a quick nod to the success of his “bridge program,” which makes it easier for students to earn college credits while still in high school, that was the extent of Gov. Paul LePage’s focus on education Tuesday night during this State of the State address. “I have said it many […]
The governor’s annual report to lawmakers, required by the state’s Constitution, is one of the biggest State House spectacles every year. Regardless of who’s in power, speeches like last night’s are often dense with policy outlines and political rhetoric, not to mention the kinds of personal touches that leave impressions about the man or woman […]
In an impromptu meeting with reporters Monday, Gov. Paul LePage said he didn’t support the idea of using managed care organizations as a way of lowering the cost of health care in Maine, saying quality of care would decline along with cost to the state.. Though word has not come out officially, several parties with […]
As Maine Goes, the go-to website and online forum for Maine conservatives since the late ’90s, is back online under new ownership after going dark a month ago. New owner Lance Dutson, a political consultant and former CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, bought the site last week and re-launched it this weekend, promising to […]
So says Politico, so it must be true. Actually, the cat part comes from elsewhere, but we’ll get to that in a moment. Politico Magazine, inspired by a 1931 endeavor by H.L. Mencken to rank each state from best to worst, undertook the same task today. A few things have changed since then — the statehood […]