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Alabama’s Senate race may have made Susan Collins more important overnight

Democrat Doug Jones will shrink Republicans’ Senate majority after his upset win on Tuesday, making the Maine senator’s vote more valuable to Republicans.

Partisan rancor makes Lewiston election about a lot more than who will run the city

Ben Chin has a chance to put Lewiston under firm Democratic control in Tuesday’s mayoral race. Shane Bouchard can continue a recent and partial Republican trend there.

Stuff your stockings with these Maine political tchotchkes

Susan Collins isn’t sure where Congress’ final tax bill is going to wind up, a group of Maine hard-liners is linked to Alabama’s heated Senate race and it’s Paul LePage vs. Bernie Sanders in Lewiston’s mayoral race.

Study shows Collins’ health care fixes could offset mandate — if they pass

Good morning from Augusta. An analysis released Tuesday showed that two Affordable Care Act fixes backed by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins could offset the premium impact of repealing the law’s individual mandate — but only if they can pass and that’s a big if. The analysis didn’t examine the individual mandate’s repeal, but it can […]

Collins retreats from claim that GOP tax plan will ‘lower the debt’

The Maine senator is facing protests and challenges about how she has pitched the bill’s deficit impact, but she’s asking for more money to offset proposed health care changes.

Maine Republicans are already lining up to fill key Senate vacancies in 2018

Good morning from Augusta, where it’s already been a busy week for legislative Republicans looking for promotions in 2018. Assistant House Minority Leader Ellie Espling said she’s considering a Senate run. The term-limited Republican from New Gloucester said Monday that she has “more to offer,” but she has no timeframe to make a decision on […]

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 […]

Four bills down; 1,796 to go: What the Maine Legislature has accomplished this year

There appears to be a quiet day brewing in Augusta today, with only two committees meeting, and that’s the way it will remain for the next week as the Legislature, for the most part, goes on vacation until Feb. 27. Six weeks into the 128th Legislature, it’s not as if everyone is bushed from exhaustion […]

Polls open in Lewiston for mayoral runoff between Macdonald, Chin

Election junkies get a December encore tonight, when the Lewiston mayoral race will be decided in a runoff between two-term Mayor Robert Macdonald and Ben Chin. The candidates couldn’t be more different if you cast them: Macdonald, 68, is a conservative Vietnam War veteran and retired police detective while Chin, 30, is a progressive activist with the […]