Tag Archives: Ted Cruz

Democrats Hobbins, Chenette to wrangle over Maine Senate seat

Good morning from Augusta, from which our attention has been diverted by Maine’s brief moment in the sun of presidential politics. But after the Saturday and Sunday caucus wins from Republican Ted Cruz and Democratic underdog Bernie Sanders, our eyes are back on the Maine Legislature, where there was also weekend political wrangling. Two Saco Democrats — Rep. Barry Hobbins and Rep. […]

What’s the state of Maine’s presidential race?

Good morning from Portland, where I’m recovering from two days of presidential politics in Maine: We got a day of the Donald Trump experience on Thursday and a visit from Democratic underdog Bernie Sanders on Wednesday. And the theater isn’t over: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, one of three remaining Trump rivals, will be at the University […]

Report: LePage wanted to stop Trump less than a week before endorsing him

Less than a week before endorsing him, Gov. Paul LePage urged fellow Republican governors in a closed-door meeting to condemn presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, the New York Times reported Saturday. It’s a schizophrenic twist made public just after LePage’s Friday endorsement of Trump, the billionaire businessman who the governor has criticized in the past, and a potential example of the campaign horse-trading […]

LePage, Eves continue sparring over governor’s ‘absolute immunity’ claim

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage and his attorney continue to claim “absolute immunity” for the governor regarding the lawsuit against him by House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick. In a legal argument filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, LePage attorney Patrick Strawbridge rebuffs Eves’ claims on several fronts, many of them centered […]

A typical and atypical day in the life of LePage

Good morning from Augusta, where nothing should surprise us anymore. But yesterday, Gov. Paul LePage surprised me in two acts and for different reasons. In one conversation with reporters, the Republican said he’d pick a legal fight with the Kennebec County Democratic Committee — later announcing the appointment of Ken Mason as interim sheriff over the committee’s […]

LePage: Asylum seekers ‘the biggest problem in our state’

Good morning from Augusta, where Tuesday began with a recognition day for Boy Scouts and ended with a Gov. Paul LePage town hall meeting in Freeport. It was reasonably hostile territory for the Republican, who gave his normal stump speech on energy, economic, welfare and drug issues. But there were a couple of highlights. At one point, […]

Clinton, Bush — likely losers in New Hampshire — hold Maine fundraising leads

Political eyes are trained toward New Hampshire on Tuesday, as record turnout is expected to decide the state’s first-in-the-nation primary that could change the 2016 presidential race. The prohibitive favorites are Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump, who respectively have greater than 99 percent and 69 percent chances of winning, according to polling forecasts by FiveThirtyEight. It’s […]

Ted Cruz to get dozens of Maine endorsements on Thursday

Good morning from Augusta, where a large group of Republican legislators and activists is set to endorse presidential hopeful Ted Cruz on Thursday. Between 40 and 50 legislators will hold a noon news conference at the State House to announce support for the Texas senator, who won the Iowa caucuses on Monday, finishing ahead of runner-up Donald […]

Who will Maine’s Rand Paul supporters turn to in 2016?

Rand Paul’s Wednesday announcement that he’s leaving the 2016 presidential race means that Maine Republicans lost the candidate who paid them the most attention during the past year. The Kentucky senator spoke at the 2014 state party convention with a hopeful message of broadening the party to better attract independents. That was before he was an […]

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 […]