Tag Archives: Bruce Poliquin

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 […]

Why won’t Poliquin say he went to a meeting with Donald Trump?

Good morning from Portland, but political eyes are further south of Maine to Washington, D.C., where Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump met with his party’s members of Congress on Thursday. Those meetings were a bit uncomfortable, according to The Washington Post. With senators, Trump had confrontations with Jeff Flake of Arizona and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, both of whom […]

Will other big-name Republicans join LePage at Trump’s Bangor rally?

Good morning from Augusta, where reporters and Gov. Paul LePage have something in common: We’re all preparing for Donald Trump’s Wednesday rally in Bangor. Maine’s Republican governor was one of the first major office-holding endorsers of the billionaire who is now the party’s presumptive nominee, so it’s only natural that LePage would be there, as […]

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 […]

Now that primaries are over, where do Maine superdelegates stand?

Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett ended months of speculation about who his Democratic National Convention superdelegate vote will go to when he said through a spokeswoman Thursday that he will support Hillary Clinton. Bartlett is the only one of Maine’s five superdelegates who had not previously voiced his preference. “Secretary Clinton has secured the votes for the […]

Why Poliquin, Cain will dominate Maine airwaves this fall

Party groups have reserved more than $2 million in fall television advertising time for the race in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, underscoring its status as a massive national priority. The district leans Democratic and was held by that party for 20 years before U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican, won it over Democrat Emily Cain in 2014 […]

Maine panel ends ethics probe on Portland lawmaker, but illuminates legal loophole

Good morning from Augusta, where a Portland lawmaker running for a Maine Senate seat in the city declared victory after a state ethics panel vote on Wednesday. But it wasn’t such a slam dunk and his case illuminated what advocates called a loophole in state election law. It revolves around Rep. Ben Chipman, a Democrat running in a Senate primary […]

Poliquin takes flak for switching to vote against LGBT-rights provision

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District was part of a chaotic episode in the House on Thursday, when Democrats fingered him as one of seven Republicans to flip their votes against a provision aiming to prevent LGBT discrimination. The amendment, which would have prevented contractors from getting federal work if they discriminate against lesbian, gay, […]

Poliquin, Cain divide on North Woods park could be key to 2016 race

Good morning from Gardiner, a southern enclave of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, where a national monument proposal in the North Woods region is emerging as a key wedge issue in a nationally targeted 2016 House race. The proposal from the family of entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby drew packed forums on Monday in East Millinocket and Orono with […]

Report: Trump making Maine an early focal point in 2016 campaign

Republican Donald Trump plans to make Maine a focus of his presidential campaign alongside other states that traditionally favor Democrats, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. It’s yet another a sign that the bombastic billionaire’s campaign is eschewing political tradition, prioritizing Maine and states including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, where Democrats have won in at least […]