Stories about Politics

In rebuttal, George Mathews: Man-made warming a political hoax

I write this in response to Hubert Kauffman's guest column, "How can people deny climate change?" (Aug. 18). I believe that man-made global warming is a political hoax. Earth’s climate is always changing, otherwise, Maine would still be under half a mile of ice, or there would still ... 8

In light of Riverview issues, Maine lawmakers contemplate plan to expand psych ward at state prison

AUGUSTA — Key lawmakers on the Legislature's budget-writing Appropriations Committee said Thursday they could support a $3.3 million bill that would expand the mental health ward at the Maine State Prison in Warren but weren't quite ready to sign off on the measure. Still in question...

Maine hospitals to get owed Medicaid payments by Sept. 30

AUGUSTA — The state is about one week away from selling a liquor revenue bond that will fund payment of $183.5 million in Medicaid debt to Maine’s hospitals, Gov. Paul LePage...

Petition drive begins to pull Maine out of 45-state Common Core education collaborative

AUGUSTA — The Maine Equal Rights Center announced Wednesday that it will launch a citizens’ petition campaign to repeal Maine’s reliance on a set of education standards used in 45 states. The ballot question, which would go to a November 2014 referendum if petitioners gat... 3

LePage heads to Florida for manufacturing summit

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage is headed to Orlando, Fla., on Thursday for the U.S. Manufacturing Summit, an event hosted by the National Retail Federation and Wal-Mart. The event is focused on increasing domestic manufacturing, something Bill Simon, president of Wal-Mart’s U.S. di... 4

Maine Heritage Policy Center has plan to eliminate income tax

AUGUSTA — A conservative think tank in Maine is rolling out a new proposal to gradually phase out the state's income tax, one of the top priorities for Gov. Paul LePage's administration. The Portland-based Maine Heritage Policy Center is touting it as a bipartisan idea that will... 6

Chellie Pingree listed as the 12th richest member of Congress

WASHINGTON — Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, is worth $31.5 million — which makes her the 12th richest member of Congress, according to The Hill newspaper.  The newspaper, which covers the Capitol, just released its 2012 list, based on financial disclosure forms, using the ... 15

LePage calls for special session on bonding bill, Riverview issues

AUGUSTA — On his way to a manufacturing conference in Florida, Maine's Republican Gov. Paul LePage issued a proclamation Wednesday calling the Legislature back to work Aug. 29. In a release, LePage said lawmakers are expected to pass a $149.5 million state borrowing package that... 3

Steve Woods drops out of governor's race and endorses Michaud

Democrat Steve Woods, left, talks with U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, Wednesday morning at the Falmouth headquarters of Woods' TideSmart Global facility. Woods announced Wednesday that he would be dropping out of the 2014 Maine gubernatorial race and endorsing Michaud. 2

Michaud to attend Oxford Democrat fundraiser

BRYANT POND  — U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud will be the guest of honor at the Oxford County Democrats' annual summer BBQ fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 25, at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center on Lake Christopher. Michaud recently announced his candidacy for governor. B...