Tag Archives: John Baldacci

A Maine GOP heavyweight updated his photo. Is he running?

Editor’s note: Regular Daily Brief readers will notice that we’re rolling out a new format today. We’re making the newsletter shorter, breezier and (hopefully) more useful to you. As always, email politics@bangordailynews with feedback or tips. Now, on to the news. Good morning from Augusta, where a prospective candidate taking a picture in front of […]

LePage hammers Senate GOP budget offer as shutdown approaches

Gov. Paul LePage has again vowed to shut down state government if the Legislature votes for an increase in the lodging tax, which the governor himself proposed in February and which was resurrected Wednesday by Senate Republicans. That proposal drew fire from LePage on Thursday, who accused Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, of just wanting […]

Still undecided? Meet ‘Soul Tsukino,’ one of 14 presidential candidates from Maine

Good morning from Augusta, where I figured you were bored with and burned out from this slog of a presidential election that’s coming in an eternal four days. So, we wanted to let you know about Maine’s 14 declared write-in candidates for the presidency, although that list includes “Cracked Fourpounder” of the non-existent Halifax, Maine, an apparent reference to […]

LePage: Asylum seekers ‘the biggest problem in our state’

Good morning from Augusta, where Tuesday began with a recognition day for Boy Scouts and ended with a Gov. Paul LePage town hall meeting in Freeport. It was reasonably hostile territory for the Republican, who gave his normal stump speech on energy, economic, welfare and drug issues. But there were a couple of highlights. At one point, […]

Sorensen, Quintero get new jobs as Maine DHHS, Eves shift spokespeople

There’s some change on the Maine political media relations front this week, with two mouthpieces — one Republican and one Democrat — taking new jobs. Gov. Paul LePage has hired David Sorensen, who was the spokesman for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services for the past year, as a policy adviser, while Jodi Quintero, who spoke for House […]

Ex-Maine Gov. John Baldacci opposes Question 1

Former Maine Gov. John Baldacci came out against Question 1 on the November ballot in a radio interview on Thursday. He’s the most prominent Democrat so far to come out against the referendum, which would increase funding for Maine’s taxpayer-funded election system, add transparency requirements for political advertisements from outside groups and increase penalties for election […]

Hillary Clinton enlists Baldacci, Pingree and other Democrats for Maine campaign

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton named the first 40 members of her Maine Leadership Council on Friday. The list is a who’s-who of Maine Democrats: Former Gov. John Baldacci, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of the 1st District, Attorney General Janet Mills, Maine House Speaker Mark Eves and state Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond are the headliners, and it […]