Tag Archives: Paul LePage

Poliquin: Refugees will only be settled where ‘they’re welcome’

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin went on “The Howie Carr Show” on Monday to talk about the Syrian refugee situation and criticize President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. The Republican from Maine’s 2nd District has voted against continuing President Barack Obama’s plan of resettling 10,000 refugees from Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war complicated […]

Collins, King rank among most popular U.S. senators in poll

Maine really likes its U.S. senators, according to a national survey from Morning Consult. Susan Collins, a Republican, scored an approval rating of 78 percent in a poll of 654 Mainers, the second-highest mark in the country, only behind independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who received an 83 percent rating. Independent Angus King’s mark wasn’t too shabby, either: His […]

Maine again looks to ban soda, candy purchases with food stamps

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has called a Monday news conference to announce another proposal to ban soda and candy purchases with food stamps, a long-standing goal of the governor, who has floated similar changes since 2013. It’s an uphill battle: Federal law doesn’t allow states to regulate purchases under the federal and state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, so Maine has to ask the […]

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 […]

Collins, King oppose GOP bid to roll back Obama emissions rules

Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to roll back President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, with Maine’s senators, Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King, opposing the measure. The Senate voted 52-46 against the plan in a little-used procedure that can block executive orders with a majority vote, according to the Associated Press. But though […]

Pingree wants a vote on U.S. military aid in Syria

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree wants the House of Representatives to vote on authorizing military forces to fight in Syria, where a brutal civil war has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions. Pingree, a Democrat from Maine’s 1st District, and a bipartisan group of 34 others House members called for a vote after the announcement that the U.S. would […]

Chris Christie headed to Portland Wednesday for ‘special announcement’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie swings through Becky's Diner in Portland with Gov. Paul LePage in this May 2014 photo. BDN file photo by Troy Bennett.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who on Tuesday announced his candidacy for president, will arrive at Becky’s Diner in Portland at 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to his official campaign schedule. Christie was in New Hampshire for a town hall forum Tuesday evening, when several journalists following him on the campaign trail first reported his Maine […]

Young Republican star wields Taylor Swift against Paul LePage

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Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is letting everyone know that he is still a factor in ongoing conversations about the budget and tax reform. With the governor’s budget proposal dead and the parties seemingly still miles away on large-scale tax reform, it’s sometimes seemed that the governor has been sidelined as the […]

Here are the programs LePage might slash to pay for income tax cuts

Gov. Paul LePage, during his State of the State address earlier this month. BDN file photo by Ashley Conti.

In a press release today, Gov. Paul LePage insisted that he has continued to meet with Republican leaders to offer “compromises” toward lowering the income tax. Cutting the income tax is a pillar of LePage’s budget proposal, which the governor himself said last week was “dead.” He blames Democrats for scuttling his income tax cut […]

Term limits group compares Maine politicians to dirty diapers

Good morning from Augusta, where veto votes are flying between the chambers and the end seems to be in sight as committees slowly but surely report out their recommendations on remaining bills. Two high-profile bills are on their way to the House after approval yesterday in the Senate, though we won’t know whether they’ll be […]