Tag Archives: Barack Obama

Daily Brief: NAACP continuing call for discipline of Sen. Willette over Obama remarks

Good morning from Augusta, where the Legislature is capping off a busy week with a smattering of committee activity today. The House and Senate are not in session again until Tuesday. The saga of Republican Sen. Mike Willette of Presque Isle and his history of inflammatory Facebook posts continues today with an expected press conference […]

Democrats call for senator’s resignation for remarks on Obama, Muslims

State Sen. Michael Willette, R-Presque Isle.

Controversy over state senator Michael Willette’s history of racially charged and otherwise inflammatory posts about President Barack Obama and about Muslims reached a boiling point Wednesday as Democrats called for his resignation. Willette, a Presque Isle Republican, was revealed earlier this week to have shared a meme on Facebook that linked Obama to the terrorist […]

LePage hails Texas judge’s decision to block Obama’s immigration agenda

Gov. Paul LePage, pictured here recently in Portland. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

A U.S. District Court judge in Texas on Monday blocked President Barack Obama’s plan to protect about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, saying the president’s use of executive orders to enact the policy had exceeded his authority and wrongly bypassed Congress. The lawsuit was heard in Texas, the state leading the charge to thwart Obama’s immigration agenda, […]

Daily Brief: Lobbyists prep for budget hearings; job approval from Ike to Obama


Good morning from Augusta, where the first waves in a parade of lobbyists, advocates and possibly even some regular Maine residents are gathering to add their voices to the coming budget debate.  The Appropriations Committee, responsible for turning Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.57 billion two-year budget proposal into a deal that will be amenable to the entire […]

Daily Brief: Collins claims victory against Obama plan to tax college savings plans


Good morning from a tranquil Augusta, where all remains quiet after yesterday’s headline-grabbing snowstorm dumped more than a foot of powder. There’s been no word from Gov. Paul LePage about further state office closures, so it appears government will open once again after being officially put on hold yesterday when the governor declared a state of emergency.  […]

Daily Brief: Poliquin meets Obama and picks up natural gas fight

Bruce Poliquin. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

For a day without the House and Senate in session, Wednesday was a busy one in Augusta. Legislative committees heard hours of testimony from department heads, who briefed lawmakers about their agencies’ work and the effect Gov. Paul LePage’s biennial budget proposal would have on it.  President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address garnered some conversation, although lawmakers and state […]

Daily Brief: LePage not expecting much from Obama’s State of the Union

US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron appear at their joint press conference following meeting at the White House

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers have returned after the three-day weekend.  This week, members of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee begin their deeper look at Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.3 billion two-year budget. While we’ve heard the broad strokes of the governor’s plan, senior LePage administration officials this week will brief the committee about the specific funding and budget […]

Barack, Michelle, Bill, now Hillary for Michaud

Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Scarborough Friday to personally endorse Mike Michaud’s bid for governor less than two weeks before the election. As former first lady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State and early front-runner to run for president in 2016, there probably aren’t any bigger-deal Democrats for Michaud to have on the campaign stump. If there are, maybe it’s former […]

LePage dings Michaud for highway fund shortfall; Obama’s problem with Christians

Gov. Paul LePage. BDN file photo by Gabor Degre

Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, chastising the congressman for not ushering a solution to the federal Highway Trust Fund shortfall through Congress.