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Now that primaries are over, where do Maine superdelegates stand?

Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett ended months of speculation about who his Democratic National Convention superdelegate vote will go to when he said through a spokeswoman Thursday that he will support Hillary Clinton. Bartlett is the only one of Maine’s five superdelegates who had not previously voiced his preference. “Secretary Clinton has secured the votes for the […]

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. […]

Maine Democrats hold wide legislative money lead ahead of 2016 races

Good morning from Portland. Why am I here? Well, Augusta is empty for two reasons: Patriot’s Day (yes, that’s where Maine puts the apostrophe) and the Legislature finished its business just after 2 a.m. on Saturday. The last day’s action included a bipartisan compromise on purchase bans for alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, tattoos and other items using cash assistance, a […]

Maine Democrats to consider superdelegate changes at state convention

Good morning from Augusta, where Democrats rejected a last-minute budget maneuver from Gov. Paul LePage and House Republicans that had the State House halls buzzing on Thursday. The proposal wasn’t released by Republicans, but Democrats said it funded $18 million worth of bills — pay raises for law enforcement and direct care workers and jail funding — by […]

Big Sanders win in Maine does not flip state’s Clinton superdelegates

Amid all the hustle over the weekend associated with the Republican and Democratic caucuses, the only result that matters is how many delegates Maine sends to the national conventions in July. On the Republican side, Ted Cruz can expect 12 Maine delegates, followed by Donald Trump with nine and John Kasich with two. Those totals […]

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, […]

Eves’ attorney: LePage lawsuit immunity claims ‘astonishingly broad’

Good morning from Augusta, where there’s new fallout from House Speaker Mark Eves’ lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage. As you probably know, the Democrat from North Berwick sued the governor last year over the Republican’s role in forcing Good Will-Hinckley to rescind an employment contract with Eves in 2015. LePage threatened to withhold $530,000 in state funding unless the […]

Dunlap, McCabe, Beliveau among Sanders’ 60 Maine endorsements

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders got a lift in Maine on Tuesday with endorsements from Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, party godfather and lobbyist Severin Beliveau and a host of legislators. The progressive Vermont senator is an underdog in his race against Hillary Clinton — who received early endorsements from most of Maine’s big-name Democrats — but a Tuesday […]

How LePage could (but likely won’t) be impeached today

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers will likely consider impeaching a governor for the first time in Maine history. A group of liberal lawmakers has been talking about their attempt to oust Republican Gov. Paul LePage from office since last summer and all indications are that they will present their order today. The plan is for the House […]

Maine Democrats to kick off Senate campaigns on Monday

You know the even-year legislative session is near when the State House news conferences begin and the campaigning revs up. That’s happening Monday, when the Maine Senate Democratic Campaign Committee will formally kick off its coordinated bid to win back the upper chamber ahead of legislators coming back to Augusta on Wednesday. But make no mistake, the […]