The charlatan who grew Maine’s KKK and how it flamed out

Good morning from Augusta. The weekend’s news was dominated by the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white nationalist sympathizing with demonstrators there killed a woman after he allegedly plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters with a car. It began with a protest of Charlottesville’s pending move to take down a statue of Confederate General […]

Lawyers for York County casino backers: We don’t know about China-linked PAC

Three lawyers representing backers of the York County casino referendum on Maine’s 2018 ballot said Thursday they didn’t know in advance about a political committee with ties to China joining the race to pass their proposal. The Maine Ethics Commission is already investigating a political committee run by Lisa Scott — the sister of U.S. Virgin Islands developer […]

Libertarian candidates jump into races to unseat King and Poliquin

The list of candidates for Congress on Maine’s 2018 ballot continues to grow, including some from a new political persuasion for Maine: The Libertarian Party. Chris Lyons of Brunswick has announced that he has launched a campaign to oust fellow Brunswickian Angus King, an independent, from the U.S. Senate. Further north, Brian Kresge of Winterport […]

Shadowy poll suggests problems for Susan Collins if she runs for governor

Good morning from Augusta, where we were caught off-guard on Tuesday by an early, shadowy poll in Maine’s 2018 gubernatorial race that looks aimed to ward off U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who is considering running to replace Gov. Paul LePage. The conservative governor has escalated an intra-Republican Party war against the moderate senator since her […]

Trump will decide fate of Susan Collins’ effort to combat Rx price gouging

A bill that includes a provision co-authored by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to lower drug prices awaits President Donald Trump’s signature. The provision, part of the Food and Drug Administration’s Reauthorization Act, seeks to keep prescription drug prices down by speeding up timelines and inspection procedures for the FDA’s review of applications for generic drug […]

Why no one is happy even though the Legislature is finally leaving Augusta

Good morning from Augusta, where the 128th Legislature finally wrapped up its first session Wednesday with far less camaraderie and good will than on the day it opened nine months ago. Here’s a recap: Gov. Paul LePage won more than he lost on veto day, but he wasn’t satisfied after lawmakers bucked him to raise […]

LePage makes sure Veto Day 2017 lives up to its name

Here we are in early August and the Legislature is finally headed to Augusta for what may possibly be its last day of session for 2017, though don’t count on it. There is talk about a special session later this year, but for now, let’s concentrate on today. The Legislature, which by law was supposed […]

LePage issues 25 new vetoes, jeopardizing several public health proposals

Gov. Paul LePage issued 25 vetoes on Tuesday, setting up a marathon Wednesday round of override votes in the Maine Legislature and endangering bills to raise the state’s tobacco-buying age to 21 and ban cellphone use while driving. The Republican governor said last week that he vetoed those bills and called them examples of “social engineering,” but the vetoes weren’t official […]

LePage: Collins will ‘back down’ in governor’s race if GOP base rejects her

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage looks to be leading a Republican civil war against U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ 2018 gubernatorial bid — before anyone’s sure that she’ll declare one and as she sits at the center of the national health care debate. The governor railed against the moderate Republican senator at a […]

King: Susan Collins’ party-bucking Obamacare vote took ‘courage’

Maine’s junior senator told reporters on Friday that he has never seen a greater act of political “courage and commitment” than U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ party-bucking vote against a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The comments from independent U.S. Sen. Angus King came just hours after Collins was one of three Republicans who […]