Tag Archives: Chellie Pingree

Pingree to skip Trump inaugural, joining dozens of other Democrats

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (BDN File) U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said Monday that she won’t go to Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, joining a group of more than 30 other Democrats who are boycotting the festivities. Pingree, a fifth-term congresswoman from Maine’s 1st District, made the announcement at a dinner in Portland celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. She backed Rep. […]

Poliquin opposes House GOP’s proposal to gut independent ethics office

Good morning from Augusta. But all eyes are on Washington today, where U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, Maine’s only House Republican, is opposing his party’s surprise vote Monday night to gut an independent ethics office. In a closed-door vote, Republicans endorsed moving the independent Office of Congressional Ethics — established in 2008 amid concerns that lawmakers on an ethics panel weren’t […]

King, Collins, Pingree back probe on possible Russian meddling in Trump’s election

Three of Maine’s four members of Congress said they support a new investigation of Russian influence on the 2016 U.S. election, with the fourth, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, leaving the door open to such a probe. The specter of Russian influence hung over much of Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton. She was damaged […]

Maine officials aren’t sure what to make of Trump’s infrastructure plan yet

Good morning from Augusta, where the State House is pretty quiet this week in the lead-up to Thanksgiving. So, we’ll look to one of President-elect Donald Trump’s biggest policy plans after an often unspecific campaign — injecting the mind-boggling sum of $1 trillion into infrastructure projects in the next 10 years. It has only been vaguely outlined […]

Where the Maine race stands ahead of Trump and Clinton’s last debate

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re preparing for the third and final presidential debate tonight between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. It’s being seen as a crucial moment for Trump, who has fallen nearly seven points behind Clinton in the latest Real Clear Politics polling average amid a rash of sexual misconduct allegations that […]

Cain narrows fundraising gap with Poliquin in high-dollar 2nd District race

Good morning from Augusta, where we saw massive, new fundraising figures in the nationally targeted race in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District over the weekend. Nearly $11 million has been spent on the rematch between U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican, and Democrat Emily Cain. Cain, a former state senator from Orono, came through with her strongest performance to […]

Spat with GOP primary foe highlights Holbrook’s struggles in Maine’s 1st District race

The primary election for the 1st Congressional District seat came and went months ago but animosity between the two Republican candidates continues. Mark Holbrook of Brunswick walked away with the nomination after he bested Ande Smith of North Yarmouth by just 57 votes. Animosity between Holbrook and Smith began to show late in the primary […]

A post-nomination challenge for Clinton: Rallying Maine’s left

Good morning from Portland, where I spotted this flyer aiming to convert Bernie Sanders supporters to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on my way through Monument Square to grab coffee. It was jarring after the unity-fest that was yesterday’s Democratic National Convention, which culminated with Hillary Clinton accepting the nomination and contrasting her “steady leadership” with Republican […]

Angus King backs Clinton, hitting Trump’s ‘judgment and temperament’

U.S. Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent, told CNN on Thursday that he’d vote for Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in November, questioning Republican Donald Trump’s “judgment and temperament.” The former governor’s endorsement isn’t much of a surprise, since he caucuses with Democrats, generally supports their agenda and he has a preclusion to supporting politicians with deep […]