Tag Archives: Paul LePage

Solar contractor: LePage, Fredette ‘disingenuous as s–t’ on industry bill

It’s a quiet morning in Augusta after the Maine Legislature wrapped up work last week by overriding 20 of Gov. Paul LePage’s 33 session-ending vetoes. But with help from House Republicans, the governor’s veto pen won one key battle, killing a solar reform bill that was heavily lobbied by the industry and environmental groups. They’re not happy: In a Facebook post, Vaughan Woodruff, […]

Will LePage’s drug antidote and solar bill vetoes stand?

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers will return on Friday to handle a parade of vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage. It’ll be a long day at the State House, with 33 vetoes up for consideration in the House of Representatives and Senate. We had a full rundown on them yesterday, but the highest-profile bills at stake […]

Cruz, Kasich may be teaming up to stop Trump. That didn’t happen in Maine

Good morning from Augusta, where Monday’s news of Gov. Paul LePage’s private school reform commission meeting (which violated open-meeting law, according to Attorney General Janet Mills) conjured a soundtrack that definitely doesn’t reflect what happened at the Blaine House. But first, we’ll turn our attention to the presidential politics that the governor was heavily involved in over the weekend at the Maine […]

LePage on foreign workers: ‘It’s hard to hear what they’re saying’

Gov. Paul LePage’s speech at the Maine Republican Party’s convention on Saturday contained a riff on the accents of foreign workers from Bulgaria and India. It came after the governor called a referendum question from progressive groups that would raise Maine’s minimum wage to $12 by 2020 “a horrible bill” and criticized Democrats for spiking a competing measure […]

Maine Democrats hold wide legislative money lead ahead of 2016 races

Good morning from Portland. Why am I here? Well, Augusta is empty for two reasons: Patriot’s Day (yes, that’s where Maine puts the apostrophe) and the Legislature finished its business just after 2 a.m. on Saturday. The last day’s action included a bipartisan compromise on purchase bans for alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, tattoos and other items using cash assistance, a […]

Ben Carson to keynote Maine GOP dinner in Bangor

Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson will headline a banquet at the Maine Republican Party’s state convention on April 22 in Bangor. The retired neurosurgeon dropped out of the race in March and endorsed Republican front-runner Donald Trump, the controversial billionaire also backed by Gov. Paul LePage. Carson has been a top Trump surrogate since then, but he’s been […]

Maine Democrats to consider superdelegate changes at state convention

Good morning from Augusta, where Democrats rejected a last-minute budget maneuver from Gov. Paul LePage and House Republicans that had the State House halls buzzing on Thursday. The proposal wasn’t released by Republicans, but Democrats said it funded $18 million worth of bills — pay raises for law enforcement and direct care workers and jail funding — by […]

Maine Legislature tries piecemeal budget in last-ditch effort to win GOP support

Good morning from Augusta, where a long day of work on Wednesday produced a piecemeal spending proposal that aims to win at least some support from holdout Republicans in the House of Representatives. That caucus, buoyed by an alliance with Gov. Paul LePage, has stood against Democrats and Senate Republicans to oppose new spending in 2016 and voted against an […]

Maine Senate blocks LePage bid to move violent Riverview patients to prison

The Maine Senate likely doomed Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to house violent psychiatric patients at the Maine State Prison after opposing it by just one vote on Wednesday. The Republican governor’s proposal drew heat from advocates as a violation of patients’ civil rights after it was announced in February, but it’s a response to issues at Riverview Psychiatric Center, […]