Category Archives: Maine Politics

How Janet Mills destroyed the odd LePage veto claim

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

On Friday, July 10, Attorney General Janet Mills made it crystal clear that Gov. LePage missed his chance to veto 19 bills. Thus those 19 bills, and since the weekend, an additional 51, have become law. Mills responded to a statement by the governor’s counsel which said LePage had a much longer time because, according […]

Is LePage’s veto mess due to his incompetence or confrontational stance?

BDN photo by Gabor Degre

This week, Gov. LePage stunned Maine and national politics watchers across the political spectrum by his misunderstanding of the Maine Constitution. Rather than vetoing a slew of bills the governor didn’t want to become law within the mandated ten day window, he’s arguing he can hold onto them and veto them later. This will lead […]

How LePage diminished his governorship and abused power

In the midst of an amazing time in American history, featuring Supreme Court cases that promoted inclusion and opportunity, a racist murderer who wanted to start a race war but led to people coming together and the president healing with eloquence and “Amazing Grace,” Mainers learned of political ugliness from Gov. Paul LePage. The governor’s […]

GOP must decide if it is the party of Margaret Chase Smith or payback and Paul LePage

BDN photo by Gabor Degre

The Maine Republican Party has a proud history of political figures willing to stand up against abuse of power by members of their party. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith stood up to Sen. Joe McCarthy’s smears. Bill Cohen, as a young congressman on the House Judiciary Committee, stood up and voted for articles of impeachment against […]

How can Maine keep Obamacare subsidies no matter what Supreme Court does?

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Are over 60,000 Mainers at risk of losing subsidies for buying private health insurance? Yes, but the Maine Legislature could make sure those subsidies continue. By Monday morning, we’ll know if the Supreme Court rules that people buying health insurance through a federal exchange can continue to get subsidies. If the Court says no, this […]

This is pork? LePage vetoes fraud detection and prosecution

Gov. Paul LePage. Mario Moretto | BDN

Gov. LePage’s press event with a squeaking pig toy and a Christmas tree with ornaments featuring Democratic and Republican legislators was meant to deliver the message that the budget passed by the Maine Legislature was filled with pork. “Pork,” of course, is in the eye of the beholder. LePage also called the Legislature “corrupt.” However, […]