Tag Archives: Paul LePage

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 […]

Want a conservative leadership example? Look across the pond

British Prime Minister David Cameron. Stefan Wermuth | Reuters

It is, perhaps, highly probable that many of you were not paying particularly close attention, but last week Britain’s Conservative Party — more popularly known as the Tories — secured an astonishing result: they obtained an overall majority in what all assumed would be yet another hung parliament. After the 2010 general election the Tories […]

Democrats’ tax scheme shows they missed the message

House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, and Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond, D-Portland, in 2013. BDN photo by Matthew Stone.

Last November, Maine voters sent a clear, if somewhat mixed message. By re-electing Gov. Paul LePage over Democrat Mike Michaud and giving Republicans control of the Maine Senate, they were endorsing the GOP’s message of fiscal reform and responsibility. By keeping the House in Democratic hands (with a reduced majority), they were telling Augusta politicians […]

A lack of civility threatens Maine’s democratic traditions

Maine has, historically, been known for civility in its political process. This is likely partially because we are a small, rural state with active local governance and a history of access to our politicians, from our local state rep all the way to our U.S. senators. Our congressional delegation is, for the most part, frequently […]

Time for a real budget discussion in Augusta, please

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

It’s that time of the year again. The snow has stopped falling (at least momentarily), baseball is fast approaching, and winter is melting away. Mud is overtaking the state, reminding us yet again, as it does every year, that at times it can be more slippery than ice — and always dirtier. In Augusta this […]

Obama offers campaign planks, not solutions

Abaca Press photo by Olivier Douliery.

In his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, President Obama attempted to invoke the unity theme of his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech and 2008 presidential campaign. However, on Tuesday — as in the past — this hyperbole was not reality-based, but was soaring rhetoric designed to win enough support to […]