Tag Archives: Paul LePage

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 […]

Lawmakers looking for better ways to put a drink in your hand

Good morning from Augusta, where the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee will spend much of the day pondering better ways for us all to have a drink or two, maybe at no charge. No joke.  Among the bills on the committee’s docket this morning are bids to authorize free wine samples at restaurants, to allow sales […]

LePage, Mayhew tout bond rating as proof welfare cuts have worked

Gov. Paul LePage. BDN file photo by Gabor Degre

Good morning from Augusta, where the snow continues to melt around the State House and the stack of bills awaiting their first day in the sun is similarly shrinking. Two high-profile bills are up for work sessions in the Health and Human Services Committee. The first, but Rep. Joyce McCreight, D-Harpswell, would expand Medicaid coverage […]

LePage offers Stephen King a deal: ‘Make me the villain of your next book’

Governor Paul LePage strides from the House of Representatives in Augusta in early December after swearing in its members. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

Good morning from Augusta, legislative committees are continuing to plow through the thousands of bills on docket this session. Normally we outline some bills to watch, but we’ve got so much stuff for you in the Daily Brief today that I’m going to leave you to your own devices with a link to the public […]

At LePage’s request, lawmakers will vote on Article V balanced budget convention

Gov. Paul LePage, left, and Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, during the governor's second inauguration in January. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

Maine could become the 28th state to join the call for a constitutional convention with the hopes of amending the U.S. Constitution to require balanced budgets at the federal level. Jim Cyr, a spokesman for Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, confirmed Thursday that Thibodeau would introduce a joint resolution in the Legislature at the request […]

Daily Brief: Will Maine throw its support behind balanced budget amendment?

Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida

Good morning from Augusta, where the fallout from the sudden firing of Brig. Gen. James Campbell, who until Tuesday was the head of the Maine National Guard, is still reverberating. In an interview with the BDN, Campbell categorically denied that he lied to the public about plans to transform the storied 133rd Engineer Battalion into […]