Tag Archives: Ellie Espling

Democrats, Republicans agree to raid Maine Clean Election fund, but not on how much

The legislative session is expected to stretch on into late July after Democrats and Republicans pulled up just short of compromise on one of their last outstanding issues.

More investigations loom for busy Maine government watchdog

The Legislature’s watchdog committee may take on two new investigations on Friday, adding to their ambitious probe of Maine’s child welfare system.

LePage allies, foes back legislative probe of how DHHS handled child abuse claims

The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee will consider whether to direct its watchdog agency, the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, to launch an investigation into the events leading up to a 10-year-old Stockton Springs girl’s alleged murder by her mother and stepfather.

LePage tells lawmakers that municipal leaders prey on elderly Mainers

Making a rare pitch to a legislative panel, the governor said it’s “unconscionable” for towns to take homes from seniors. But Democrats used the opportunity to press him on other issues.

LePage remains mum on who he wants to succeed him

Gov. Paul LePage made a rare public appearance on Thursday, at which he dismissed a report that President Donald Trump wants him to challenge U.S. Sen. Angus King and declined to weigh in on whether he would endorse any of the Republican candidates seeking to succeed him.

Nibble on these Maine political morsels before the big meal

Our Thanksgiving Eve political morsels include a former Portland mayor’s desire to go back to the Legislature and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin new Green challenger.

Maine Republicans are already lining up to fill key Senate vacancies in 2018

Good morning from Augusta, where it’s already been a busy week for legislative Republicans looking for promotions in 2018. Assistant House Minority Leader Ellie Espling said she’s considering a Senate run. The term-limited Republican from New Gloucester said Monday that she has “more to offer,” but she has no timeframe to make a decision on […]

Maine Republicans: Strike ‘insurance’ from Medicaid expansion question

Several Maine Republicans said Tuesday that the Medicaid expansion question on the November ballot shouldn’t contain the word “insurance,” a concern that was quickly dismissed by a top Question 2 proponent. The group, led by former Maine Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett, sent a letter to Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap on Tuesday listing the use of “insurance” […]