Tag Archives: Paul LePage

How compromise made a surprising return to Augusta

Gov. Paul LePage takes the stage at his inauguration last year while House Speaker Mark Eves applauds. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

It seemed like an irreconcilable conflict between the two parties, but they resolved it last week in a bipartisan way. The showdown over time-sensitive tax conformity legislation, vitally important to small business owners across the state, had stretched on for weeks this winter. Democrats had been opposing the legislation, holding it hostage to their demand […]

Impeachment debacle shows Maine Democrat split: solutions vs. extremism

Rep. Ben Chipman, D-Portland, introduces an impeachment order against Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday in the Maine House. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

In recent days, Maine Democrats managed to embarrass not only themselves, but the institution of the Maine Legislature, with a ridiculous debate over impeaching Republican Gov. Paul LePage. At a time when the state has real problems that desperately need serious discussion and bipartisan solutions — like the drug crisis that has gripped our state […]

Democrats should stop trying to oust LePage

Cushing Samp of Saco speaks outside the State House in June at a rally calling for Gov. Paul LePage's impeachment. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

The bipartisan investigation into Gov. Paul LePage’s role in keeping Good Will-Hinckley from hiring House Speaker Mark Eves failed to conclude that LePage violated the law. One would assume, then, that the ridiculous push to impeach LePage, led by a handful of extremists in the House, would grind to a halt. Failing that, one would […]

Tuesday’s takeaway? Division isn’t doom for Maine Republicans

Gov. Paul LePage and Senate President Michael Thibodeau at LePage's inauguration in January. The two Republicans have been at odds for much of the past year. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Tuesday was supposed to be a bad night for Maine Republicans. After all, the political news in Maine had, for months, been dominated by Republican Party infighting. Gov. Paul LePage had been sniping at legislators in both parties; the Legislature had, in turn, been investigating him for what they perceived as wrongdoing. All of this […]

Battle over constitutional carry may not yet be done

Senator Eric Brakey watches as Governor LePage signs constitutional carry into law. Photo by Jason Savage.

Gov. Paul LePage quietly signed one of the most controversial bills of the session into law this week, as he affixed his signature to LD 652, “An Act To Authorize the Carrying of Concealed Handguns without a Permit.” The bill, sponsored by first-term Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, did not follow an easy path through the […]

Democrats slay welfare reform under cover of darkness

A sample photo EBT card. Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

On Monday night, Augusta Democrats — desperate to kill off as many good ideas to save taxpayers money as they could before session ended — held a series of debates and votes on welfare reform initiatives. Last year, welfare reform proved to be a crucial issue for Republicans across the state. GOP candidates, from Gov. […]

Maine’s party differences as clear as ever: GOP wants reform, Dems say no

Republican legislative leaders at the Maine State House. Mario Moretto | BDN

Despite the odd dynamics of the debate, the showdown over the state budget has managed to expose some real differences between Democrats and Republicans. Setting aside the complexities of the intra-party skirmish for the moment, all elements of the Maine GOP have come together on a number of goals: they just disagree on the details […]

If the GOP truly embraces small government, it can win

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, speaks at a news conference in Washington, D.C., on June 2. Gary Cameron | Reuters

In Augusta and Washington in recent days, we have seen leaders of what is supposed to be the party of small government fail to fight for that philosophy. Though the debates were on very distinct issues, they both featured at least part of the Republican Party’s leadership defending big government, rather than fiercely fighting to reduce […]

Augusta needs to realize Maine has a spending problem

The State House in Augusta in December 2014. BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett.

You would think that, after Gov. Paul LePage secured a re-election win over the Democrats’ best candidate, Bruce Poliquin was elected to Congress, and Republicans regained control of the Maine Senate, legislators in Augusta would hear the message loud and clear from the voters of Maine: that our state has a spending problem, not a […]