Tag Archives: Barack Obama

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 […]

Pingree wants a vote on U.S. military aid in Syria

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree wants the House of Representatives to vote on authorizing military forces to fight in Syria, where a brutal civil war has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions. Pingree, a Democrat from Maine’s 1st District, and a bipartisan group of 34 others House members called for a vote after the announcement that the U.S. would […]

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 […]