Tag Archives: Eliot Cutler

What the first televised debate tells us about Republicans who want to replace LePage

A dense, hour-long debate hosted by WGME and the Bangor Daily News showed differences between longtime and new Republicans and the lingering influence of Gov. Paul LePage over his party.

LePage’s jail consolidation plan looks dead. Was it ever alive?

Maine sheriffs came out in force against the plan, which surprised them when it was released in January. Now, it looks like fixing the jail system will be the task of another governor.

Maine GOP leader’s ‘news’ website propels ethics watchdogs into uncharted territory

The Maine Ethics Commission will decide this morning whether to move forward with an investigation about whether Maine Republican Party Executive Director Jason Savage’s “Maine Examiner” website should have been subject to campaign finance laws.

Maine GOP leader’s link to anonymous website adds intrigue to Dems’ collusion claims

Good morning from Augusta. A key official in the Maine Republican Party has been linked by the Sun Journal to an anonymous “news” website, which may add fuel to Democrats’ Tuesday call for an ethics investigation. The Maine Examiner gained attention after it targeted Lewiston mayoral candidate Ben Chin, a progressive activist who lost a […]

LePage’s power to oust Maine sheriffs targeted in new round of proposed bills

A state senator wants to strip the governor’s power to oust sheriffs, but it’s among a group of bills that will have a hard time passing next year.

Republican state senator to co-host fundraiser for Democrat Janet Mills

Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, said Tuesday that he has not decided who he will endorse for governor in the 2018 election, but for now he’s helping raise campaign cash for Janet Mills, who is running as a Democrat. Saviello, who has been friends with Mills for more than 20 years, confirmed rumors that he and […]

Unhappy with LePage budget, Maine Democrats to unveil their own

Good morning from Augusta, where legislative Democrats are promising to unveil an alternative to Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposal today as Republicans say they’re drawing a thick line on eliminating the voter-approved 3 percent surtax on income over $200,000 to fund education. This is becoming a regular piece of budget negotiations in Augusta: It’ll come […]

Maine AG, Republicans tell high court they believe ranked-choice voting is unconstitutional

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and legislative Republicans told the state’s high court on Friday that the ranked-choice voting system approved by voters in 2016 is unconstitutional, setting up a fight with advocates for the law. Legal briefs were due to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Friday ahead of an April oral argument in […]

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 […]

How each campaign spent in their final days

Campaigns for Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud spent up until the day before the election to try and win over voters. The expenditures in those final days give some insight into how the campaigns hoped they would push their respective candidates over the top. Michaud’s campaign spent heavily on television ads, with most spending right […]