Stories about Politics

Primary candidates in congressional race span political spectrum

LEWISTON — The outcome of Tuesday's primary to pick the contenders to replace U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in Congress will be a bellwether for both political parties in the summer and fall political campaigns. Democratic and Republican primary voters in Maine's 2nd Congressional District,... 3

Bellows plans to campaign while walking across Maine

AUGUSTA — The Democrat aiming to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins in November said Friday that she's planning a 350-mile trek across Maine where she hopes to listen to voters' concerns and learn about thriving local businesses. Shenna Bellows' three-and-a-half-week journey by foo...

Lewiston's pot legalization effort set to gather signatures

LEWISTON — Organizers hoping to make recreational marijuana legal in Maine's second-largest city will launch their citywide signature-gathering campaign Monday, the state political director for the Marijuana Policy Project said Friday. David Boyer said his group will launch its petit... 8

LePage, utilities commissioner at odds over ethics in Nestle case

AUGUSTA — Three people in the state have the power to decide how much Mainers pay every month for water, natural gas, telephone and electricity. 5

Michaud proposes inspector general to oversee DHHS

AUGUSTA — Democratic candidate for governor Mike Michaud said Thursday that if elected, he will create a state-level Office of Inspector General to fight “waste, fraud and abuse” in the Department of Health and Human Services. Michaud’s announcement appeared to be i... 1

LePage joins governors in asking for VA reforms

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage is one of six Republican governors asking President Barack Obama to initiate reforms in the Department of Veterans Affairs. The governors sent a letter to Obama this week after news of an attempt to cover up delays by veterans seeking getting health care. I... 4

LePage, legislative leaders to discuss Alexander Group report next week

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage will meet legislative leaders to discuss what action the state may take against the Alexander Group in the wake of allegations the Rhode Island consultant plagiarized its recent report on reforming Maine’s welfare system. Peter Steele, the governor&rs... 3

Rating agency upgrades the outlook on Maine debt to stable

PORTLAND — The credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded its outlook on Maine bonds to stable just before the expected sale of $115 million in state debt. Moody’s said in a statement Wednesday it expects the general obligation bonds will be sold June 12,...

CTS to get extra MaineCare payments through June

PORTLAND — Records show that the company that won't have its contracts to provide rides for Maine Medicaid patients renewed because of poor performance is scheduled to receive millions of dollars in extra money from the state in its last weeks on the job. Connecticut-based Coordinate...

Auburn Mayor LaBonte to join LePage administration

AUGUSTA — Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte is joining state government. Republican Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday he was appointing LaBonte as director of the Governor's Office of Policy and Management. The office was created to replace the State Planning Office. LaBonte wi... 5