Tag Archives: Bruce Poliquin

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 […]

Maine again looks to ban soda, candy purchases with food stamps

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has called a Monday news conference to announce another proposal to ban soda and candy purchases with food stamps, a long-standing goal of the governor, who has floated similar changes since 2013. It’s an uphill battle: Federal law doesn’t allow states to regulate purchases under the federal and state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, so Maine has to ask the […]

Independent candidate joins race to unseat Poliquin in 2nd Congressional District

Good morning, folks. It’s been since June that a significant number of lawmakers walked the halls of the State House but with the Senate convening today for some confirmation hearings and other business, the otherwise echoey third floor will be buzzing again with voices and the sound of the bell that tells senators to take their seats […]

Voting irregularities mar Sanford legislative election

Republican Matthew Harrington’s victory in the special election for a Maine House of Representatives seat representing part of Sanford was confirmed in a Friday recount. However, it came with bipartisan criticism of problems at one polling place, including a Maine Republican Party accusation of voter fraud against a former Democratic state senator. That attack’s validity is […]

Outside spending begins against Poliquin in Maine’s 2nd District

A liberal group linked to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California has kicked off outside spending against U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican from Maine’s 2nd U.S. House District who’s up for re-election next year. The House Majority PAC, a super PAC that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to influence races, […]

Sanford Democrat requests recount in special House election

Tuesday’s special election for the Sanford-area District 19 House of Representatives seat isn’t over yet. Democratic candidate Jean Noon, who is vying to fill the seat in place of her late husband, William Noon, has requested a recount of ballots in the race. William Noon died in July after a long battle with cancer. The […]

GE: House vote on Export-Import Bank won’t keep future jobs in Bangor

The revival of the U.S. Export-Import Bank passed the House of Representatives last week, but General Electric Co. says that won’t save 80 future jobs that could have been brought to Bangor. U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican from Maine’s 2nd District who voted for the bank after criticizing it for much of the year, has been roundly […]

This ad in Lewiston’s mayoral race doesn’t make sense

This ad for Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald’s re-election bid was spotted in a local weekly paper yesterday, and I’m still struggling to understand it. Macdonald, a two-term incumbent known for being conservative, finds himself locked in a battle with Democratic activist Ben Chin. Three other candidates — Stephen Morgan, Luke Jensen and Charles Soule — […]

Poliquin, somewhat grudgingly, votes for bipartisan budget bill

Nobody’s perfectly happy with the two-year budget deal between congressional leaders and President Barack Obama that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. It would raise spending by $80 billion over that period, dividing that equally between defense and domestic programs. That excess spending was offset by equal amounts of spending cuts and revenue hikes. Democrats, including […]