Tag Archives: Barack Obama

Maine Legislature to review LePage rule changes on mental health services

Good morning from Augusta, where the end of the legislative session is in sight. There are no committee meetings on Friday, but starting Monday, the full Senate and House of Representatives will convene through Friday for the first time this year. That’s all in hope of adjourning by April 20, but there’s lot of important […]

A typical and atypical day in the life of LePage

Good morning from Augusta, where nothing should surprise us anymore. But yesterday, Gov. Paul LePage surprised me in two acts and for different reasons. In one conversation with reporters, the Republican said he’d pick a legal fight with the Kennebec County Democratic Committee — later announcing the appointment of Ken Mason as interim sheriff over the committee’s […]

LePage: Asylum seekers ‘the biggest problem in our state’

Good morning from Augusta, where Tuesday began with a recognition day for Boy Scouts and ended with a Gov. Paul LePage town hall meeting in Freeport. It was reasonably hostile territory for the Republican, who gave his normal stump speech on energy, economic, welfare and drug issues. But there were a couple of highlights. At one point, […]

Upheaval after Scalia’s death poses dilemma for Collins

Good morning from a sleepy Augusta, where state offices are closed for Presidents Day. But American politics were upended with the Saturday death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, said he’ll nominate a successor to the conservative judge, but Republican leaders and presidential candidates have said the replacement should be picked by the […]

Dunlap, McCabe, Beliveau among Sanders’ 60 Maine endorsements

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders got a lift in Maine on Tuesday with endorsements from Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, party godfather and lobbyist Severin Beliveau and a host of legislators. The progressive Vermont senator is an underdog in his race against Hillary Clinton — who received early endorsements from most of Maine’s big-name Democrats — but a Tuesday […]

Is the Maine Legislature’s bipartisan bond deal breaking down?

The Maine Legislature’s 2016 session started last week with leaders heralding a compromise to revive $6.5 million in expired conservation bonds. But that deal may be breaking down and the House of Representatives may have its first floor kerfuffle of the year on Tuesday. Last week, House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, said they struck […]

Collins, King vote against Senate bid to defund Planned Parenthood

The U.S. Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood in a symbolic effort Thursday, but Republicans didn’t get any help from Maine’s two senators. Sen. Susan Collins was one of two Republicans to vote against it, saying in a statement that she has “consistently opposed eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood” and doing so would mean “depriving millions of women of […]

Poliquin: Refugees will only be settled where ‘they’re welcome’

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin went on “The Howie Carr Show” on Monday to talk about the Syrian refugee situation and criticize President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. The Republican from Maine’s 2nd District has voted against continuing President Barack Obama’s plan of resettling 10,000 refugees from Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war complicated […]

Collins, King rank among most popular U.S. senators in poll

Maine really likes its U.S. senators, according to a national survey from Morning Consult. Susan Collins, a Republican, scored an approval rating of 78 percent in a poll of 654 Mainers, the second-highest mark in the country, only behind independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who received an 83 percent rating. Independent Angus King’s mark wasn’t too shabby, either: His […]

Collins, King oppose GOP bid to roll back Obama emissions rules

Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to roll back President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, with Maine’s senators, Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King, opposing the measure. The Senate voted 52-46 against the plan in a little-used procedure that can block executive orders with a majority vote, according to the Associated Press. But though […]