Tag Archives: Barack Obama

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

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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.

Roundup: Enviro group backs Collins, poll trashes government and northern Maine a very difficult home

Collins endorsement by conservation group angers Bellows The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund on Monday endorsed Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins for re-election to the Maine Senate, citing Collins’ fight against climate change and efforts to protect the environment in Maine and beyond. Shenna Bellows, Collins’ Democratic opponent in the November election, said the facts don’t […]

Roundup: Nearly half of Mainers disapproved of Obama in 2013

The State of the Union has come and gone, but what was the state of President Barack Obama’s job performance? According to Gallup, which has tracked presidential job approval ratings since the days of Truman, Obama’s fifth year in office was among the most polarizing in history, with just 11 percent average Republican approval and […]

New poll shows Michaud with slim 2014 edge, plus Mainers love Sens. King and Collins

New polling results from the Portland-based firm Critical Insights indicate Democratic U.S. Rep. Michaud would edge a slim victory if the gubernatorial election were held tomorrow. The poll also indicates that Mainers like Obama just a little bit less than the nation as a whole does, and that residents of the Pine Tree State just love […]

Collins, Michaud both oppose missile strike in Syria; King, Pingree still on the fence

  Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud and Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Tuesday both voiced their opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposed missile strike in Syria. “I cannot support the resolution [authorizing a limited military strike] approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” Collins wrote in a statement to the BDN Tuesday night, moments before Obama […]

PPP Round 2: Collins still ironclad; 54 percent of GOP primary voters support impeaching Obama

Public Policy Polling released their second batch of results after polling in Maine over the weekend, this time focusing on U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and the hard-core of Maine’s Republican Party. I’m not going to go into the same extensive analysis as yesterday (wouldn’t want you all to get poll fatigue this early in the […]