Stories about Politics


Budget default looming

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats in Congress lumbered through a day of political maneuvering Saturday while a threatened default by the Treasury crept uncomfortably closer and a partial government shutdown neared the end of its second week. “We haven’t done anything... 1


Top LePage consultant worked on failed Lewiston casino campaign

LEWISTON — A top political consultant who is the campaign spokesman for Gov. Paul LePage was heavily involved in a failed 2011 attempt to bring a casino to downtown Lewiston. The Sun Journal has learned that Brent Littlefield was hired by a pair of Maine political... 3


Political observers see civil emergency as a way for LePage to deal with shutdown

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage’s longtime political antagonists, including the state employees union and Democratic legislative leaders, called his declaration of a civil emergency a nuclear option power grab, but some more detached political observers in Maine described it as an act of s... 1


LePage says civil emergency meant to help state employees

Gov. Paul LePage speaks with reporters outside his office at the State House on Thursday. 25


House GOP leaders seek short-term debt extension

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner told Republican lawmakers Thursday he will give President Barack Obama a proposal extending the government's ability to borrow money through Nov. 22 — but only if he agrees to negotiate over ending the partial government shutdown and a longer-te... 5


Natural Resources Council of Maine says DEP downplayed environmental impact of Bald Mountain mining

AUGUSTA — The Natural Resources Council of Maine on Thursday released an investigative report alleging that Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection did not provide to Maine lawmakers or the public information it has indicating that an 


Maine tax climate improves in Tax Foundation ranking

WASHINGTON — In a new study, Maine placed 29th out of 50 states for its business tax climate, a slight improvement from last year. The Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation ranked all 50 states for its  1


Maine budget committee reviews status of Riverview

AUGUSTA — An ongoing federal government shutdown is complicating Maine Department of Health and Human Services' efforts to figure out what it needs to do to prevent the loss of nearly $20 million for the state's Riverview Psychiatric Center. The 92-bed hospital, which houses some of ... 1


Shutdown means no new beers on tap

MILWAUKEE — The federal government shutdown could leave America's craft brewers with a serious hangover. Stores will still offer plenty of suds. But the shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throu... 6


Maine DOT report says existing rail safety guidelines are adequate

AUGUSTA — A rail safety review ordered by Maine Gov. Paul LePage following a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives north of the border in Quebec has determined that existing practices are adequate, but it didn't address the issue of single-person crews for trains hauling oil and...