Stories about Politics

Lewiston candidate forum lights a few sparks

AUBURN — Sparks flew early between Lewiston's mayoral candidates during a Twin Cities candidate forum Wednesday evening. Mayor Robert Macdonald and challenger Larry Gilbert sparred over Macdonald's history as mayor in the event sponsored by the Young Professionals of the Lewiston-Aub... 2

Sen. Angus King criticizes U.S. House leadership

PORTLAND — A last-minute agreement by Senate leaders may avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen federal government but Sen. Angus King of Maine says Congress is doomed to repeat itself unless the House leadership ditches a rule li... 1

LePage wants feds to officially open Cobscook Bay boat ramp

LUBEC — U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree say the federal government will allow a boat launch ramp at a state park to stay open despite the shutdown but Gov. Paul LePage says it's still not officially open. “The State has not received notification from the Obama ... 1

LePage spokesman explains $47 million 'surplus' in governor's speech

AUGUSTA — A statement made by Gov. Paul LePage about a $47 million “surplus” had Democrats and others in Augusta scratching their heads Wednesday morning. In a talk given to a conservative women’s group on Monday, LePage said Maine’s economy was looking good: ... 6

Obama signs bill to avert default, open government

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a measure into law reopening the federal government and averting a potential default. The White House says Obama signed the bill early Thursday, hours after the House gave final approval. The White House budget office has alr... 53

Five running for 2 at-large seats on Auburn council

AUBURN — Candidates for the city's two at-large seats have a wide range of opinions about what's best for the city. "If you like things the way they are, don't bother voting for me," candidate Robert Sevigny said. "If I get elected, everything is on the table. Everything: restructuri... 1

'Susan Collins is a gang of one'

WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, Sen. Susan Collins, dispirited, sat watching her colleagues on the Senate floor stake out opposing positions over funding the government. She decided she'd had enough. "Each side was lobbing partisan grenades at the other side, despite the fact that w... 1

Four candidates for 2nd Congressional District raise more than $200,000

PORTLAND — Maine congressional candidates are reporting raising more than $200,000 from July through September for their 2nd Congressional District campaigns. In a quarterly finance reports filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission, Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain of Orono ...

LePage warns that more state worker layoffs could be coming

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage told legislative leaders Tuesday morning that more layoffs of federally funded state workers could be coming this week unless the federal government shutdown ends soon. Senate Minority Leader Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, and House Minority Leader Kenneth F... 1

U.S. House to vote on budget and debt limit Tuesday night

WASHINGTON — Time growing desperately short, House Republicans pushed for passage of legislation late Tuesday to prevent a threatened Treasury default, end a 15-day partial government shutdown and extricate divided government from its latest brush with a full political meltdown. Ther... 22