Tag Archives: Rick Bennett

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 […]

Democrats reveal details of LePage’s $38 million tax plan

Two Democratic representatives who say they’re tired of Gov. Paul LePage’s administration concealing from the public how he wants to pay for a $38 million tax conformity bill revealed Thursday to the Bangor Daily News what they say he has proposed. The Republican governor’s administration declined to answer questions from the BDN on Thursday about the proposal […]

Voting irregularities mar Sanford legislative election

Republican Matthew Harrington’s victory in the special election for a Maine House of Representatives seat representing part of Sanford was confirmed in a Friday recount. However, it came with bipartisan criticism of problems at one polling place, including a Maine Republican Party accusation of voter fraud against a former Democratic state senator. That attack’s validity is […]

Clearing up ‘confusion’ about the Maine GOP’s welfare-tax referendum push

Good morning from Augusta, where insiders’ eyes will be on the Legislative Council on Thursday. They’ll be deciding just how many of about 400 bills submitted for the 2016 session make it before the full Legislature. Here’s my scene-setter for that meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. You can listen in here if you like long committee hearings. […]

State GOP rebukes Collins’ primary challenger for Facebook comments about Michaud, Mandela

Erick Bennett, a staunch conservative who signaled his intention to run against U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in the GOP primary next year, drew the stern rebuke from the state’s party chairman on Friday after several incendiary comments by Bennett began circulating on social media. Here’s a sampling of the posts, taken from Erick Bennett’s Facebook […]

Maine’s Alex Willette and Ashley Ryan called on to lead new GOP youth ‘army’

The Maine Republican Party, which as of Saturday is represented at the national level by the two youngest people to ever sit on the Republican National Committee, is banking its future in Maine on building a conservative youth “army,” according to Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett. Rep. Alex Willette, R-Mapleton, is seen as many within […]