Tag Archives: Susan Collins

Maine officials aren’t sure what to make of Trump’s infrastructure plan yet

Good morning from Augusta, where the State House is pretty quiet this week in the lead-up to Thanksgiving. So, we’ll look to one of President-elect Donald Trump’s biggest policy plans after an often unspecific campaign — injecting the mind-boggling sum of $1 trillion into infrastructure projects in the next 10 years. It has only been vaguely outlined […]

Maine Democratic Party leader will have to fight to keep job

Good morning from Augusta, where Tuesday’s election is already providing fallout for Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett. Outgoing state Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, confirmed late Wednesday that she’ll run to replace Bartlett at the state committee’s next meeting on Nov. 20, while term-limited House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, said he’s considering a run. In a […]

Where the Maine race stands ahead of Trump and Clinton’s last debate

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re preparing for the third and final presidential debate tonight between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. It’s being seen as a crucial moment for Trump, who has fallen nearly seven points behind Clinton in the latest Real Clear Politics polling average amid a rash of sexual misconduct allegations that […]

Trump cancels Thursday rally in Portland citing ‘routing issue’

Good morning from Augusta, where we were girding for a planned Maine campaign stop by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this week. However, it has been canceled. Portland spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said Trump’s campaign canceled the planned Thursday rally at the Portland Expo, citing a “campaign routing issue.” The Maine Republican Party didn’t acknowledge the event on […]

LePage targets hybrid, electric cars in ‘free ride’ gas tax discussion

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage targeted ways to ensure drivers of electric cars are contributing their fair share to the cost of maintaining roads on Tuesday. LePage’s comments came during his weekly radio appearance on WVOM amid a discussion about a trip to Boston the governor has scheduled next week on the expansion […]

Maine senators’ past aid to Fazeli shows immigration policy is not as simple as blocking ‘bad guys’

Good morning from Augusta, where the case of Adnan Fazeli, the Iranian immigrant who fled Maine to fight and die for the Islamic State in 2015, has dominated our politics since first being reported this week by the Portland Press Herald. On Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage told the Boston Herald that he has ordered the Maine Department of […]

Collins’ anti-Trump pronouncement shakes up Maine GOP

Good morning from Augusta, where U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ refusal to back Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was still shaking up Republican politics early Wednesday. No big-name Maine Republican was directly criticizing the moderate senator for her stand against the billionaire, though her Facebook page was being bombarded with both positive and negative messages from around the country about […]

What to make of Susan Collins’ stand against Donald Trump

Good morning from Augusta. All eyes are on U.S. Sen. Susan Collins after her bombshell Washington Post op-ed that said she won’t vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. She’s one of only a few Republican senators to make that pronouncement so far, including Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. The only prominent Maine Republican before her to […]

A post-nomination challenge for Clinton: Rallying Maine’s left

Good morning from Portland, where I spotted this flyer aiming to convert Bernie Sanders supporters to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on my way through Monument Square to grab coffee. It was jarring after the unity-fest that was yesterday’s Democratic National Convention, which culminated with Hillary Clinton accepting the nomination and contrasting her “steady leadership” with Republican […]

Why won’t Poliquin say he went to a meeting with Donald Trump?

Good morning from Portland, but political eyes are further south of Maine to Washington, D.C., where Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump met with his party’s members of Congress on Thursday. Those meetings were a bit uncomfortable, according to The Washington Post. With senators, Trump had confrontations with Jeff Flake of Arizona and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, both of whom […]