The ‘juicy rumors and false innuendo’ on LePage and Trump

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re trying to figure out two things: Where Gov. Paul LePage is and whether he really is in the running for a job in President Donald Trump’s administration. We’ve been hearing lots of rumors since last week on these subjects. A highly speculative Portland Press Herald piece on LePage’s activities revved […]

The Trump who spoke to Congress was a lot less fiery than the Trump who stumped in Maine

Republicans are in celebration mode and Democrats are saying Republican President Donald Trump focused on pandering and not details Tuesday night in his first address to a joint session of Congress. Trump’s speech — which unlike most of his previous public appearances adhered tightly to the script — was remarkable for its departure from Trump’s […]

He’s no Bernie bro but a Maine GOP lawmaker wants to ax ‘corporate welfare’

Good morning from Augusta, where a Republican lawmaker laid out a plan to bulldoze many of Maine’s convoluted set of business tax exemptions. In doing so, he showed that while it could be feasible in the current anti-government, anti-tax environment, it’s also fraught with political peril. That tightrope is why these tax breaks have survived […]

LePage on Fox News: Obamacare has been ‘stealing from the American people’

Good morning from Augusta. Gov. Paul LePage started today in the national media spotlight with an appearance on Fox & Friends. LePage has been in Washington for several days meeting with President Donald Trump and Republican governors and leading a discussion about welfare reform at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. LePage’s national television […]

LePage to attend Trump’s ball on Sunday. Will they do more than dance?

Good morning from Augusta. Gov. Paul LePage has been in Washington, D.C., this week for a host of events, including an annual conservative conference and President Donald Trump’s black-tie ball for governors on Sunday. The Republican governor has a speaking slot on welfare reform — one of his signature topics — at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. […]

What Trump’s reversal on federal transgender safeguards means for Maine

Republican President Donald Trump sent ripples of concern through the nation’s LGBT community on Wednesday when his administration revoked federal guidelines that provided anti-discrimination protections for transgender students. The move reverses a previous decree by Democratic President Barack Obama which protected transgender students’ right to use the restroom of their gender identity. The Justice and […]

Democrats emerge from budget hearings firing back at LePage

Good morning from Augusta, where things continue to be slow this week with the Maine Legislature mostly out of town on a February break. But after the Appropriations Committee began four days of hearings on the wide-ranging Maine Department of Health and Human Services portion of Gov. Paul LePage’s two-year budget proposal on Tuesday, Democrats began to fire back […]

The long march to block LePage’s new welfare reforms starts today

Room 228 at the State House will be the center of activity today as the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee begins hours and days and weeks of deliberations over Gov. Paul LePage administration’s latest proposals for the Department of Health and Human Services. The committee will gather to hear testimony beginning at 10 a.m. The […]