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Paul LePage is criticizing Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills for staging a "political stunt" by offering up tobacco settlement money for Medicaid ... Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is proposing using tobacco settlement funds to cover the state's share of a voter-approved Medicaid expansion.
Chris Johansen, R-Monticello, jokingly tries to vote on the issue of ranked choice voting in the Maine House of Representatives in this file photo from October 2017. ... Andre Cushing, R-Newport, said there aren't other options, given the time crunch and political divisions in the Legislature. "We are ...

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017 file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks to members of the media before a meeting to discuss health care and tax reform in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex in Washington. A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments Tuesday, ...
BOSTON (AP) -- A lawyer urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to toss a lawsuit accusing Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage of blackmail for threatening to withhold state funding to force a charter school operator to rescind a job offer to a Democratic political opponent. Attorney Patrick Strawbridge ...
Here is a stunning statement from conservative columnist Marc Thiessen: "Christian conservatives are judging Trump not by his faith but by his works. And when it comes to life and liberty, his works are good." I am a born-again Christian, and what this advocates for is, in principle, operating as though ... Politics religion
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Max Linn said he will donate $25,000 to the National Rifle Association if his primary challenger, Republican Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn, will participate in 16 debates throughout Maine by June 1. Linn, a financial planner from Bar Harbor, ... GOP

Thibodeau came up in Maine politics as a steady social conservative, but he has become best-known for recent battles with Gov. Paul LePage, a fellow Republican who is looming over the intraparty race to pick his successor. Their relationship soured in 2015 as lawmakers readied to pass a ... GOP
A common saying among Maine lawmakers is that calculating their compensation as an hourly wage would reveal that they receive a pittance -- but they usually follow that up quickly with, "but I'm not in it for the money." There is no question that most lawmakers devote considerable hours and attention ...
PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER Maine)-- On this week's "Political Brew," NEWS CENTER Maine political analysts, former Speaker of the House John Richardson, a Democrat, and former state senator Phil Harriman, a Republican, find common ground on the $1.3 trillion budget signed into law by President ...
The University of Maine System board of trustees unanimously approved a contentious political activity policy during its meeting Monday, despite faculty and student representatives' pleas for another delay. The proposal sparked controversy when an early draft started circulating among faculty members ...
LePage and Maine State Forester Doug Denico have denied that the state diverted timber harvested from public land away from two millowners because of their political differences with the Republican governor on new softwood tariffs, saying some wood was transferred in February to a mill because it was ...
But Democrats in Augusta are playing politics again. They say ... These legislators are siding with the Maine Municipal Association, which is funded with taxpayer dollars. But MMA ... Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Legal Services for the Elderly and the Maine Council on Aging all testified in support of this bill.
Paul LePage on Thursday announced four new judicial nominations for Maine District Court, which include his chief legal counsel and a longtime drug prosecutor in the Cumberland County District Attorney's office. The Republican governor nominated Brent Davis of Skowhegan; Tammy Ham-Thompson of ...
AUGUSTA, Maine — In a final attempt to give his successor a raise, Gov. Paul LePage unveiled a proposal on Wednesday to more than double the next governor's pay and increase meal and housing allowances for legislators. LePage is now paid $70,000 per year, which makes him the nation's ...
A Republican candidate for the Maine State House who disparaged two teenage survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., dropped out of the race after drawing heavy criticism and challengers from both political parties. The candidate, Leslie Gibson, had been running to represent District 57 in ...
Caribou, ME-- Don Collins, the father of Maine Sen. Susan Collins and a former mayor of a northern Maine city, has died at age 92. Collins, a Republican like his daughter, was a longstanding figure in Maine politics. He spent five terms in the Maine House and Senate from the 1970s to the 1990s, and ...
The walkouts in Maine seem to fall along political lines, with most happening in the more liberal southern half of the state. ... schools is a personal issue for students, not just a political one, but as someone who will be able to vote this year, he understands that engaging in politics is the way to effect change.

GOP candidate in Maine calls Parkland student 'skinhead lesbian' ... LEWISTON, Maine — A Republican Maine House candidate has used Twitter to attack two students who survived a shooting at a Florida high school, calling one of them a "skinhead lesbian" and the other a "bald-faced liar." Leslie Gibson ...
“I hear you're thinking of running for the House. I can tell you right now they you're not going to win. Now, if you're interested in politics, you should start by joining the County Democratic Women's Club. They're getting ready for a card party as a fund raiser. You can help them set the tables. That's where you ...
AUGUSTA, Maine — A legislative watchdog panel voted Friday to investigate Maine's child welfare system and, separately, the handling of cases involving two girls who were killed allegedly by family members since December. The probe, authorized unanimously by the Legislature's Government Oversight ...
... political committee that convinced Maine voters in 2016 to endorse the first-in-the-nation system, said he expects voters to be “so appreciative” of the chance to use ranked-choice voting that support will rise. “I think that we're modeling a reform that could do a lot to improve politics for the country,” he said.
As to the NRA's role, Trahan said the non-political arm of the organization has a significant presence in Maine, as it provides financial support for firearms safety training and also issues grants for gun range construction or improvements. “For all the politics of it, the NRA does a tremendous amount on the ...
Maine's political caucus process is underway with Democrats concentrating their events on Sunday and a schedule of Republican meetings already in progress. But don't expect hundreds of people lining up or wall-to-wall news coverage of results. That was the scene in 2008 and 2016 when the major ...
23 article “Ethics panel won't investigate Republican official over website” (Page B1), which reported the unethical exploits of Maine Republican Party ... we see at the national level, but it should be roundly condemned by all Mainers who believe that political activism is no excuse for unethical behavior.
... opened an international conference Wednesday in Kabul with a substantial overture to his government's longtime antagonist: If the Taliban comes to the negotiating table and recognizes Ghani's government, the Afghan leader would in turn offer the insurgent group a role as a legitimate political party and ...
The event, hosted by Colby College, Thomas College and the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, was the first debate in the 2018 election that included all of the candidates from a major political party. Present were former Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew of South China, House ...
BRISTOL, Maine — Although the Maine Legislature has voted against authorizing a nonprofit to lease the Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, the ... Others in opposition to the bill included Mary Anne Turowski, director of politics and legislation for the Maine State Employees Association, Service ...
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lobbyist Sarah Bigney says she's been groped by a former state senator, told she owed a kiss to another lawmaker for his vote on a bill and had to change her outfit after catching a legislator staring at her chest. She rarely spoke publicly about the sexual misconduct. But after ...
For Jackson, getting involved in politics behind bars — petitioning lawmakers on prison reform, founding a chapter of the National Association for the ... In Maine and Vermont, inmates must register to vote wherever they most recently lived, which ensures that a prison doesn't become a political force, and ...
The senator entered the year with more than $9.8 million in campaign funds; de Leon had just $359,261. A February poll from the Public Policy Institute of California found her leading de Leon by 29 points, albeit with 37 percent of voters undecided. And Feinstein, who since the start of her political career in ...
AUGUSTA, Maine — A shipyard fighting for tax breaks and a California billionaire pushing to pass a victim rights amendment in Maine are among the top spenders on lobbyists so far this year, according to ethics commission reports. Maine lobbyists this month reported more than $330,000 in pay since ...
A proposal to ban the purchase or possession of bump stocks could align Maine with President Donald Trump's call to ban them, but it must first clear a legislative leadership panel evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. The proposal from Rep. Scott Hamann, D-South Portland, has been ...
In the wake of the mass shooting Wednesday at a high school in Florida, members of Congress who have received campaign contributions from the NRA have come under harsh criticism. Campaign finance data from the Federal Election Commission show that federal and state candidates from both major ...
In this July 8, 2017 file photo, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap speaks during a voter registration meeting at the National Association of Secretaries of State conference in Indianapolis. Dunlap released proposed rank choice voting rules on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, and announced that the ... Maine's elections
So in June, Maine will hold the nation's first statewide primary election using ranked choice voting, a rarely used system championed by political reformers .... "The bottom line is that the system we have now is not working for most Americans and is creating a divisive politics and destructive and ...
The University of Maine System trustees unanimously approved a policy Monday on political speech and impartiality, despite objections from students and faculty members who wanted more time to discuss a decision that some fear could restrict their free speech rights. The policy makes clear that the ...
Now, Mainers with a doctor's certification to use marijuana to treat certain conditions or symptoms can buy medical marijuana at eight state-licensed marijuana dispensaries, through individual caregivers allowed to serve five patients or grow marijuana for their own consumption. But Maine's program has ...
As Maine Public Radio reported, “a revised draft presented at Monday's meeting changes some of what many found most troubling — including softening language that required employees' political or legislative speech in their professional roles to be coordinated with the chancellor's office.” The trustees ...
In this time of seemingly endless political division, we all need to take a deep breath, step back and remember the vast majority of us are caring members of our communities who want the best for our children, parents, friends and, yes, ourselves. Maine is made up of many political parties, and none hold a ...
The Republican from Maine's 2nd District raised $2.2 million through December's end, according to reports due to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, with roughly half of that coming from individuals and half coming from political committees. His five Democratic opponents raised a total of ...
University of Maine System trustees meeting to discuss matters including a proposed policy on who can lobby or speak on behalf of the system. Jan. ... Trustees on Monday will discuss changes to "Institutional Authority on Political Matters" policy that would limit the political activities of university staff.
An attempt to have the Maine Legislature urge Congress to label members of neo-Nazi groups as terrorists was blocked Thursday by Republicans on a panel of legislative leaders. The resolve, sponsored by Rep. Maureen Terry, D-Gorham, asks Congress to make the change in light of the August 2017 ...
Paul LePage is still reviewing the proposal to determine whether it would be good for Maine. Steven McGrath, who leads LePage's energy office, said Thursday that the Republican governor does not have a timeline for his decision. “It's 380 pages,” said McGrath. “It's not going to be a quick review.
Data embedded in the anonymous “news” website The Maine Examiner has been linked to a top Maine Republican Party official, a finding that may add ... including photos of Chin and a Chevrolet truck, plus an apparent screenshot of the Twitter account of University of Maine political scientist Amy Fried, ...
The Maine Senate has narrowly confirmed the appointment of a hydrologist employed by Poland Spring to the citizen board overseeing and adjudicating environmental laws. In a mostly party line vote, the Republican-controlled Senate voted 18-15 to confirm Mark Dubois to the Board of Environmental ...
LePage's moratorium and commission were quickly denounced by organizations and political leaders who already view Maine's Republican governor as hostile to “green” energy. “It's disappointing, though unfortunately not surprising, that Gov. LePage believes he can unilaterally overrule the clear ...
Town officials in Jackman, Maine, terminated Tom Kawczynski's employment at a meeting Tuesday, CNN affiliate WABI reports. Kawczynski runs a website for an organization called New Albion, which says it seeks to promote "traditional Western values emphasizing the positive aspects of our European ...
The complaint said state law requires disclosure of the political party's assistance and funding and alleged Republicans have kept it under wraps. ... “We call on Republicans to ensure that Savage and Murch, along with their shameful behavior, no longer have a home in Maine politics,” Bartlett said.
It has been a strange road to his becoming an insurgent Republican candidate in Maine, though he hasn't filed for the race yet. Linn represented views all over the political spectrum during nearly two decades often on the periphery of Florida politics. A financial planner, he was the Reform Party's 2006 ...
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Democratic Party asked the state's ethics watchdog on Tuesday to investigate their Republican counterparts and an anonymous “news” website that they accuse of helping derail a progressive Lewiston mayoral candidate's campaign last year. The complaint, filed with the ...


 

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