Tag Archives: Bernie Sanders

It looks like conservatives push-polled Mike Thibodeau’s district

Good morning from Augusta. This is the time of year that your phone will start to ring with political robocalls and polls. Today, we lead with one that looks particularly dirty, courtesy of a Winterport man who took a polling call at home on Monday evening that he said ended after he became angry. He asked not to […]

No celebration from Maine’s Sanders contingent after Clinton endorsement

Members of the Maine contingent backing Democratic presidential underdog Bernie Sanders at the party’s national convention later this month were stung by his endorsement of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. The endorsement had been rumored for days and foreshadowed for weeks. Clinton, a former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state, clinched enough delegates to win the nomination in early […]

Trump, Sanders and Clinton still owe Portland money for rallies

Good morning from Augusta, where the Fourth of July lull means a much quieter political week than last week’s day of Donald Trump in Bangor. But we’re learning some new things about the presumptive Republican nominee’s March trip to Portland, along with other trips to Maine by Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton and her main […]

Town GOP chair quits after LePage-backed insurgent wins primary

Good morning from Augusta, where we still don’t know who the Republican nominee for Maine’s 1st Congressional District is and a different divide has led to the resignation of a party official. Tyler Washburn, chairman of town Republicans in Bowdoin, said late Wednesday that he stepped down after conservative insurgent Guy Lebida of Bowdoin beat Republican state Sen. Linda […]

Will Maine superdelegate change boost Sanders’ ‘political revolution’?

Good morning from Portland, where Maine Democrats handed 17 of 25 pledged delegates to the party’s presidential underdog, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But the convention will be remembered more for a rule change that Sanders hailed in a Sunday statement, calling it “the kind of grassroots democracy that will help the Democratic Party grow and win elections.” […]

Will LePage’s drug antidote and solar bill vetoes stand?

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers will return on Friday to handle a parade of vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage. It’ll be a long day at the State House, with 33 vetoes up for consideration in the House of Representatives and Senate. We had a full rundown on them yesterday, but the highest-profile bills at stake […]

Maine Democrats hold wide legislative money lead ahead of 2016 races

Good morning from Portland. Why am I here? Well, Augusta is empty for two reasons: Patriot’s Day (yes, that’s where Maine puts the apostrophe) and the Legislature finished its business just after 2 a.m. on Saturday. The last day’s action included a bipartisan compromise on purchase bans for alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, tattoos and other items using cash assistance, a […]

Maine Democrats to consider superdelegate changes at state convention

Good morning from Augusta, where Democrats rejected a last-minute budget maneuver from Gov. Paul LePage and House Republicans that had the State House halls buzzing on Thursday. The proposal wasn’t released by Republicans, but Democrats said it funded $18 million worth of bills — pay raises for law enforcement and direct care workers and jail funding — by […]

Clinton leads Trump in Maine poll, but majority finds her untrustworthy

A Maine poll found that Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is deemed untrustworthy by a majority of respondents, but that she’d still be favored over Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 race for the White House. The spring tracking poll of more than 600 Mainers from Critical Insights, a Portland polling firm, shows similarly mixed results […]

LePage wants to tax land held for conservation

Good morning from Augusta, where a new bill from Gov. Paul LePage is sure to rankle conservation forces. The Republican governor’s bill, which is set to be introduced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, would remove the property tax exemption for land held for conservation or public access by 2017. With less than a month to go […]