We asked about LePage’s recent radio silence. And got no response.

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re wondering where Gov. Paul LePage is in the run-up to the November referendum on expanding Medicaid in Maine. We’re used to the governor’s stony silence toward Maine’s newspapers and other reporters, but he has been largely absent from the public eye since late August. That’s after months of him […]

Maine Republicans are already lining up to fill key Senate vacancies in 2018

Good morning from Augusta, where it’s already been a busy week for legislative Republicans looking for promotions in 2018. Assistant House Minority Leader Ellie Espling said she’s considering a Senate run. The term-limited Republican from New Gloucester said Monday that she has “more to offer,” but she has no timeframe to make a decision on […]

LePage renews pressure on Collins, King to end Obamacare

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is trying to get his Republican base to urge Maine’s senators to support the party’s latest Affordable Care Act repeal effort. He sent an email to supporters calling the latest bill ‘our last chance.’ The email, sent through the Maine Republican Party, also says that party leaders […]

Rushing into the Equifax breach — as fast as Maine’s senators can

Good morning from Augusta, where we think our credit scores are still as intact as journalists’ can be after the Equifax breach. Here’s what our senators think of it. Susan Collins and Angus King have called on federal agencies to investigate Equifax stock sales. The credit reporting agency’s data breach compromised more than 524,000 Mainers, […]

A Maine GOP heavyweight updated his photo. Is he running?

Editor’s note: Regular Daily Brief readers will notice that we’re rolling out a new format today. We’re making the newsletter shorter, breezier and (hopefully) more useful to you. As always, email politics@bangordailynews with feedback or tips. Now, on to the news. Good morning from Augusta, where a prospective candidate taking a picture in front of […]

Republican state senator to co-host fundraiser for Democrat Janet Mills

Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, said Tuesday that he has not decided who he will endorse for governor in the 2018 election, but for now he’s helping raise campaign cash for Janet Mills, who is running as a Democrat. Saviello, who has been friends with Mills for more than 20 years, confirmed rumors that he and […]

How early endorsements affect the race to replace LePage

There’s still more than a year before the election to succeed Republican Gov. Paul LePage, but candidates for the Blaine House are already jump-starting the endorsements game. There will be flood of endorsements for various candidates from lawmakers, organizations, newspapers, national groups and everyday Mainers. In many cases, their importance in the outcome of elections […]

Get ready for Round 7 in Maine’s Medicaid expansion fight

The parties on both sides of the debate over expanding Medicaid in Maine dug new trenchlines on Wednesday as Maine careens toward a referendum in November that some see as a potential national barometer on health care and conservative principles. The question of whether to expand the taxpayer-funded health care system here comes to the Nov. […]

LePage challenges state workers to match $50,000 pledge for hurricane relief

Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that his office will match up to $50,000 in donations made by state employees for hurricane relief efforts in Florida and Texas. LePage spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz said LePage made the announcement that he would match donations using his official contingency account Wednesday morning during an event at the Blaine House […]

This Republican lawmaker wants to be the youngest governor ever elected in Maine

Maine Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason will announce a run for governor Wednesday, which will make the young conservative with deep ties to the state’s evangelical right the second Republican vying to replace Gov. Paul LePage. Mason, 32, of Lisbon Falls announced late Monday that he’ll declare his run at an event at Lewiston’s Ironhorse […]