Tag Archives: Susan Collins

LePage: Medicaid expansion would ‘kill’ Maine

Gov. Paul LePage has turned his attention squarely at defeating the Medicaid expansion referendum on this November’s ballot, claiming again that broadening eligibility for the government-run program would drive the state into backbreaking debt. LePage’s ardent opposition to Medicaid expansion is nothing new. He has vetoed bids to do so six times during his tenure, […]

Shadowy poll suggests problems for Susan Collins if she runs for governor

Good morning from Augusta, where we were caught off-guard on Tuesday by an early, shadowy poll in Maine’s 2018 gubernatorial race that looks aimed to ward off U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who is considering running to replace Gov. Paul LePage. The conservative governor has escalated an intra-Republican Party war against the moderate senator since her […]

Trump will decide fate of Susan Collins’ effort to combat Rx price gouging

A bill that includes a provision co-authored by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to lower drug prices awaits President Donald Trump’s signature. The provision, part of the Food and Drug Administration’s Reauthorization Act, seeks to keep prescription drug prices down by speeding up timelines and inspection procedures for the FDA’s review of applications for generic drug […]

Why no one is happy even though the Legislature is finally leaving Augusta

Good morning from Augusta, where the 128th Legislature finally wrapped up its first session Wednesday with far less camaraderie and good will than on the day it opened nine months ago. Here’s a recap: Gov. Paul LePage won more than he lost on veto day, but he wasn’t satisfied after lawmakers bucked him to raise […]

LePage makes sure Veto Day 2017 lives up to its name

Here we are in early August and the Legislature is finally headed to Augusta for what may possibly be its last day of session for 2017, though don’t count on it. There is talk about a special session later this year, but for now, let’s concentrate on today. The Legislature, which by law was supposed […]

King: Susan Collins’ party-bucking Obamacare vote took ‘courage’

Maine’s junior senator told reporters on Friday that he has never seen a greater act of political “courage and commitment” than U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ party-bucking vote against a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The comments from independent U.S. Sen. Angus King came just hours after Collins was one of three Republicans who […]

What do Mainers think of Trump now? Probably what they did on Election Day

A new Gallup poll puts Maine at the middle of the pack among states when it comes to supporting President Donald Trump, which shouldn’t surprise many in our centrist state and doesn’t give us many clues about how our 2018 midterm election will go. The Republican is historically unpopular at just over six months into his […]

On hot mic, Collins calls duel-invoking congressman ‘huge’ and ‘unattractive’

A hot microphone caught U.S. Sen. Susan Collins telling a colleague on Tuesday that the Texas congressman who invoked a duel when discussing her health care stance is “huge” and “unattractive.” Collins later apologized for her candid response to U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican who told a radio host on Monday that “female senators from […]

Democrats might have found the Mainer they want to challenge Poliquin

The 2018 race for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District got more interesting last week, when Assistant Maine House Majority Leader Jared Golden, D-Lewiston, said he’s thinking of running against U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in 2018. Democrats made a recruiting push for the seat last month. Golden’s name showed up Thursday in Roll Call as one of […]

What the Maine Legislature has left to do in a dysfunctional session

Good morning from Augusta, where the Maine Legislature was back on Thursday for what we thought was possibly their last day, but leaders quickly decided that the session that led to the first state government shutdown since 1991 will keep on giving into August. That protracted budget fight set the Legislature’s other business back significantly, […]