Stories about Politics

LePage, lawmakers reach agreement on $150 million bonding package

AUGUSTA — Leaders of the state Legislature's Democratic majority and Republican Gov. Paul LePage announced late Friday they had reached a deal on a $149.5 million state borrowing package they hope to put before voters in November. The funding would be used for a variety of statewide ... 1

Maine's congressional delegation to shop same health care options as us

When enrollment opens for Maine’s new health insurance exchange this fall, the four members of Maine’s congressional delegation and their staffs are expected to join potentially thousands of other Maine residents signing up for coverage. While the federal Affordable Care Act ge... 1

Feds may cut funds for Riverview Psychiatric Center

AUGUSTA — The Riverview Psychiatric Center could see more than half of its operating budget stripped away by the federal government for failing to meet guidelines. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services cited overcrowding and inadequate staffing for its threat to withhold $... 3

Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen resigns

AUGUSTA – Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen announced Friday that he will resign effective Sept. 12 to take a job with the national Council of Chief State School Officers, according to a statement from Gov. Paul LePage. Bowen, who was appointed by LePage in March 2011, will ...

LePage issues executive order on police use of drones in Maine

AUGUSTA — Maine State Police will have until February to develop a policy on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for law enforcement, according to Gov. Paul LePage. On Wednesday, LePage signed an executive order directing the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety to develop...

Andy County GOP to meet in Wales

WALES — The Androscoggin County Republican Committee monthly meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Wales Town Office meeting room located at 175 Centre Road. The Bylaws Committee will continue to present proposed bylaw revisions and the County Committee will vote...

ANALYSIS: Despite familiar names 2014 governor's race is far different than 2010's

AUGUSTA, Maine — With two of the same names likely to go on the November ballot, the 2014 gubernatorial election may look on the surface like a repeat of the three-way contest in 2010. But political experts in Maine say the race will be very different this time around. 1

Michaud says he wants to restore Maine's dignity

LEWISTON — In a city that's often supported him by more than a 2-1 ratio, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud said Thursday he was officially running to be Maine's next governor. In front of a boisterous crowd of about 200 at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston's Little Canada neighbo... 76

Obama scraps U.S. military exercises with Egypt

President Barack Obama makes a statement to the media regarding events in Egypt, from his rental vacation home in Chilmark Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard on Thursday. The president announced that the US is canceling joint military exercise with Egypt amid violence. 

Gasoline refiners push EPA to reduce ethanol requirements for New England

AUGUSTA — Refinery officials say a federal mandate on blending ethanol into gasoline is impossible to meet and they want the Environmental Protection Agency to relax the rules for 2014.  The mandate requiring that gasoline sold in the United States must include 10... 9