Tag Archives: Marco Rubio

What’s the state of Maine’s presidential race?

Good morning from Portland, where I’m recovering from two days of presidential politics in Maine: We got a day of the Donald Trump experience on Thursday and a visit from Democratic underdog Bernie Sanders on Wednesday. And the theater isn’t over: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, one of three remaining Trump rivals, will be at the University […]

How LePage and Collins — in different ways — are helping mainstream Trump

Good morning from Portland, where I figured I’d write something today on what Gov. Paul LePage’s Friday endorsement of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump really means. But it doesn’t mean all that much by itself, honestly: The governor’s a bombastic guy with a business background who uses the word “politician” as a slur against his perceived enemies and so is Trump. […]

Report: LePage wanted to stop Trump less than a week before endorsing him

Less than a week before endorsing him, Gov. Paul LePage urged fellow Republican governors in a closed-door meeting to condemn presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, the New York Times reported Saturday. It’s a schizophrenic twist made public just after LePage’s Friday endorsement of Trump, the billionaire businessman who the governor has criticized in the past, and a potential example of the campaign horse-trading […]

LePage, Eves continue sparring over governor’s ‘absolute immunity’ claim

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage and his attorney continue to claim “absolute immunity” for the governor regarding the lawsuit against him by House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick. In a legal argument filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, LePage attorney Patrick Strawbridge rebuffs Eves’ claims on several fronts, many of them centered […]

Maine Clean Election battle could heat up this week

Good morning from Augusta, where an already contentious election-year legislative session may get more complicated with wrangling over funding the campaign finance referendum that passed in November. You’ll likely recall that Question 1 contained a host of election reforms. They included new disclosure requirements and increased penalties for violations. But the most important and controversial change was that it […]

A typical and atypical day in the life of LePage

Good morning from Augusta, where nothing should surprise us anymore. But yesterday, Gov. Paul LePage surprised me in two acts and for different reasons. In one conversation with reporters, the Republican said he’d pick a legal fight with the Kennebec County Democratic Committee — later announcing the appointment of Ken Mason as interim sheriff over the committee’s […]

Upheaval after Scalia’s death poses dilemma for Collins

Good morning from a sleepy Augusta, where state offices are closed for Presidents Day. But American politics were upended with the Saturday death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, said he’ll nominate a successor to the conservative judge, but Republican leaders and presidential candidates have said the replacement should be picked by the […]

Maine’s congressional delegation demands VA program fix

Good morning from Augusta, which should be reasonably quiet today, with three legislative committees set to do work today. This week, the Maine Legislature’s biggest topic of discussion will likely be conformity with federal income tax changes, an issue that has consisted mostly of partisan posturing so far between Gov. Paul LePage and Democrats. Two […]

Ted Cruz to get dozens of Maine endorsements on Thursday

Good morning from Augusta, where a large group of Republican legislators and activists is set to endorse presidential hopeful Ted Cruz on Thursday. Between 40 and 50 legislators will hold a noon news conference at the State House to announce support for the Texas senator, who won the Iowa caucuses on Monday, finishing ahead of runner-up Donald […]

Will Maine legislators’ spirit of compromise extend to drug bill?

Good morning from Augusta, where the first day of the 2016 legislative session was marked by some semblance of harmony. An effort from a group of legislators to impeach Gov. Paul LePage was delayed as Democratic leaders said they want to focus on more important business and legislative leaders in all chambers agreed to reauthorize […]