Tag Archives: Janet Mills

LePage: ‘Greed’ motivates push for new Maine casino

Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Legislature is closed today because of a storm dropping a wintry mix across much of the state, prompting more than 800 delays and cancellations. But it didn’t stop Gov. Paul LePage from making his regular Tuesday appearance on WVOM. The news? His opposition to a proposed York County […]

Legislature slates hearing on LePage mental health facility, but it could be moot

Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Legislature will hit the ground running with a big hearing next week. But the issue they’re examining may be moot in a big way. I’m talking about the struggle between Gov. Paul LePage’s administration and most of the Maine Legislature over a new, 22-bed mental health facility to […]

Legislative Republican calls for special committee to tackle Maine’s drug crisis

A top legislative Republican has called for a committee to solely handle anti-drug bills related to Maine’s opiate crisis, a stark reminder of the addiction outbreak that is now killing more people in Maine than car crashes. Assistant House Minority Leader Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester, asked leaders in both legislative chambers to establish the committee in a letter last week, […]

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 […]

LePage allowed to pay lawyer $5,000 to fight potential $500 fine

Attorney General Janet Mills’ office has given Gov. Paul LePage permission to pay a lawyer up to $5,000 to defend him in an open-meeting lawsuit filed by Mills. The maximum penalty if the Republican governor loses? $500. The LePage administration’s request to hire Bangor-based municipal lawyer Erik Stumpfel for no more than $5,000 was granted in a […]

A Maine Democrat’s day in the national convention spotlight

Good morning from downtown Gardiner, where it’s already hot and I’m feeling the effects of a sunburn from a weekend on Webb Pond in Hancock County. But I’ll power through, because it’s my job to tell you about the Maine delegation feeling the Bern in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention. The roll call vote to […]

How Maine’s Democratic delegation is making noise in Philly

Good morning from Portland. This weekend, we told you why Maine’s Bernie Sanders-heavy delegation matters at the Democratic National Convention, starting this week, in Philadelphia. Today, we’ll tell you how they’ve been on the edge of anti-establishment dissent so far. The convention, where Hillary Clinton will be nominated to run against Republican Donald Trump in November, […]

Dueling Trump, Obama speeches show just how different they are

Good morning from my couch in Gardiner, where I’m recovering after the much-anticipated day of Donald Trump in Bangor. Here are our reports from inside the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s rally and outside, where there were confrontations between supporters and protesters and a Trump-unrelated fight between passers-by near the Paul Bunyan statue. A few demonstrators were removed […]

LePage plays politics with threat to bring Legislature back for special session

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re still digging out from Gov. Paul LePage’s town hall meeting on Wednesday in Bangor. There, he admitted being wrong on his debunked story about a Portland high school student overdosing on heroin. But he also said he was considering calling the Legislature back into session to fund raises for […]

Will Maine superdelegate change boost Sanders’ ‘political revolution’?

Good morning from Portland, where Maine Democrats handed 17 of 25 pledged delegates to the party’s presidential underdog, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But the convention will be remembered more for a rule change that Sanders hailed in a Sunday statement, calling it “the kind of grassroots democracy that will help the Democratic Party grow and win elections.” […]