Category Archives: Maine Politics

Fewer than a third approve of LePage. Does that matter?

Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the Maine Heritage Policy Center luncheon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Photo credit: Gabor Degre | BDN

The day that the Government Oversight Committee voted to subpoena LePage staffers, a new poll from Critical Insights showed that in late September only 32% of Mainers approved of the job the governor is doing. 55% disapproved. Does LePage’s very low approval matter? Gov. LePage may not think so. The governor has stopped working with […]

How much do Maine people want to fund Planned Parenthood?

Maine poll by Hart Research Associates

National data show strong support for funding Planned Parenthood, but what do Maine people think? A new poll from Hart Research demonstrates that Mainers want the group to receive federal funds. [You can see details about the poll’s sample and methodology below.] Not only do 70% oppose defunding Planned Parenthood, but 55% strongly oppose defunding. A […]

How the LePage food stamp asset test actually hurts students, opportunity


In answering critics of the food stamp asset test, the LePage administration shows it’s either misinformed or misleading people about the policy’s impact on college students. Yesterday DHHS spokesperson Sam Adolphsen hit back at a BDN editorial which pointed out that the new rule would undermine people’s ability to climb out of poverty. As part […]

Why Trump’s response to “Obama is a Muslim” sadly is not surprising

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons)

Yesterday in New Hampshire, Donald Trump was asked a question by a man who directly said that President Obama is a Muslim and not an American. Per CNN: “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims,” an unidentified man who spoke at a question-and-answer town hall event in Rochester, New Hampshire asked the […]

Crushing college costs make the personal political

All around the country, students are packing up and going off to college. Proud parents are remembering moments like when their kids came home from the hospital, ventured off to kindergarten and attended their first school dance. And while the food bill will go down a lot without that teenager and his or her crew […]

Now that the Court decided, will LePage enforce the laws he didn’t veto?


Update below The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Gov. LePage lost the chance to veto dozens of bills. If they were emergency legislation, they are indubitably in effect. If they were not, they will go into effect 90 days after adjournment. The governor’s claims were always a manifestly weak case and the court […]

LePage’s veto refusal case a big waste of time and money

If there’s anything a Maine summer teaches, it’s not to waste a day one could be doing something fabulous outdoors. Our winters are long, the mud season is vexing and we have to seize the time. Summer must have been special to Shakespeare, too. One of his sonnets asked a beloved, “Shall I compare thee […]

In veto legal brief for LePage, Sovereign Citizens talk treason


Members of a Maine Sovereign Citizens group are once again talking treason. Gov. LePage’s many meetings with a Sovereign Citizens group, the Constitutional Coalition, were brought to light by Mike Tipping in June 2014. Tipping, who obtained documents from the governor’s office, reported that: The remonstrances the group submitted to LePage and the legislature accused […]

Four things Paul LePage and Donald Trump have in common

Donald Trump’s rise in the Republican presidential nomination polls has been swift and possibly short-lived. Then again, comments on my Republican friends’ Facebook pages suggest Trump has a real constituency in the GOP. Those commenters suggest that Trump is not afraid of the media or the Establishment. They like his intensity. Sure, those remarks are […]