Stories about Politics

LePage announces re-election campaign at private fundraiser

Republican Gov. Paul LePage announced Tuesday he would seek a second term in office during a private fundraising event in Kennebunk, according to a state senator who attended. Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Hampden, said LePage confirmed he was running during the event hosted by former Florida Gov.... 147

LePage swears in 2 Maine judges

AUGUSTA — A lawyer who served as tribal prosecutor for the Passamaquoddy Tribal Court in Pleasant Point and Indian Township has been sworn in as a Maine judge. Gov. Paul LePage presided over the ceremony for Calais resident David J. Mitchell, who'll serve as District Court judge. Jud...

Gov. LePage signs under-the-radar bills

AUGUSTA — Partisan battles over Maine's state budget and Gov. Paul LePage's record-breaking veto tally have recently garnered much of the attention but the Republican governor has also quietly signed many bills the Democratic-led Legislature sent to his desk as they wrap up the 2013 se...

Ticket-to-work law designed to help welfare recipients get long-term employment

AUGUSTA — A bill meant to more quickly move families from welfare to sustainable long-term employment has become law, the Democratic Speaker of the House Mark Eves said Tuesday. The so-called, "Ticket-to-Work" law provides resources and assessment for those receiving state and federa... 8

Michaud committee raises $300K for governor's race

BANGOR — U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud has raised more than $300,000 in little more than two weeks since announcing an exploratory committee to consider a run for governor. The preliminary fundraising total covers the period from the day Michaud formed his exploratory committee on June 13 u...

Jackson announces he will make run for U.S. Congress

Maine Senate Assistant Majority Leader Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, speaks during a press conference delivering the Democratic response to Gov. Paul LePage's State of the State address.

GOP leader Willette, 24, says he is candidate for Maine’s 2nd District

AUGUSTA — Assistant House Minority Leader Alexander Willette, R-Mapleton, has announced that he will file the necessary paperwork Monday to become a candidate for Maine’s 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Willette, who is in his second term in District 7 o... 8

Marijuana's march toward mainstream confounds feds

WASHINGTON — It took 50 years for American attitudes about marijuana to zigzag from the paranoia of "Reefer Madness" to the excesses of Woodstock back to the hard line of "Just Say No." The next 25 years took the nation from Bill Clinton, who famously "didn't inhale," to Barack Obama... 4

Few complaints about jobless claims process said officers favored workers

Complaints about unemployment compensation received by Gov. Paul LePage since he assumed office in January 2011. 10

State employees say LePage pressured them to deny jobless benefits

At a meeting last month, Gov. Paul LePage pressured hearing officers at the Department of Labor to decide unemployment-benefit cases in favor of business owners over workers, sources to the Sun Journal have said. LePage summoned more than a dozen employees at the state agency to a luncheon... 31