Tag Archives: Paul LePage

LePage administration taps 2 bureaucrats to lead Maine CDC

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has promoted two employees to lead the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a memo to staff obtained by the Bangor Daily News. It said Sheryl Peavey is the CDC’s new chief operating officer in charge of “day-to-day operational decision-making” and Dr. Chris Pezzullo will “inform decisions affecting public health” as […]

LePage plays politics with threat to bring Legislature back for special session

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re still digging out from Gov. Paul LePage’s town hall meeting on Wednesday in Bangor. There, he admitted being wrong on his debunked story about a Portland high school student overdosing on heroin. But he also said he was considering calling the Legislature back into session to fund raises for […]

LePage’s confusing exchange on Medicaid expansion

Good morning from Augusta, where today’s round-up starts with a confusing exchange on Medicaid expansion between Gov. Paul LePage and a caller on MPBN’s “Maine Calling” on Monday. The main point of confusion seemed to be around existing eligibility for childless adults under Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for low-income people. Maine is one of […]

Poliquin, Cain divide on North Woods park could be key to 2016 race

Good morning from Gardiner, a southern enclave of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, where a national monument proposal in the North Woods region is emerging as a key wedge issue in a nationally targeted 2016 House race. The proposal from the family of entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby drew packed forums on Monday in East Millinocket and Orono with […]

Report: Trump making Maine an early focal point in 2016 campaign

Republican Donald Trump plans to make Maine a focus of his presidential campaign alongside other states that traditionally favor Democrats, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. It’s yet another a sign that the bombastic billionaire’s campaign is eschewing political tradition, prioritizing Maine and states including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, where Democrats have won in at least […]

Poliquin dodges Trump questions after audiotape leak

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin avoided questions from Roll Call on Friday about whether he’ll support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. It came after Bangor Daily News blogger Mike Tipping published a leaked audiotape of the Republican from Maine’s 2nd District telling conservatives in Portland that the divisive billionaire “will win” the presidency and turn to House Republicans to craft policy. […]

LePage, Poliquin strategist to run NH gubernatorial campaign

The Republican strategist behind the rises of Gov. Paul LePage and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has been hired to run an underdog gubernatorial campaign in New Hampshire. Brent Littlefield will be Republican state Rep. Frank Edelblut’s general strategist, Manchester’s WMUR reported on Tuesday. The campaign said the move “signals that a formal launch” of Edelblut’s campaign will come soon. With Democratic Gov. Maggie […]

Will Maine superdelegate change boost Sanders’ ‘political revolution’?

Good morning from Portland, where Maine Democrats handed 17 of 25 pledged delegates to the party’s presidential underdog, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But the convention will be remembered more for a rule change that Sanders hailed in a Sunday statement, calling it “the kind of grassroots democracy that will help the Democratic Party grow and win elections.” […]

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, […]