Latest Paul LePage News

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

Jan. 16, 2019 7:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to the...

Maine GOP re-elects chair following rough 2018 election

Jan. 12, 2019 6:03 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republicans who suffered blistering losses in November re-elected their leader and chose an outspoken city mayor as vice-chair Saturday. The GOP re-elected Demi Kouzounas as chair and chose Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro as vice-chair in a Saturday morning election. Secretary...

Elections, films help effort to ban gay conversion therapy

Dec. 29, 2018 11:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have already enacted laws prohibiting licensed...

Signing off on results, Maine gov writes 'stolen election'

Dec. 28, 2018 2:51 PM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's outgoing Republican governor is signing off on the results of a disputed congressional contest, but not before getting the last word with a handwritten note calling it a "stolen election." A federal appeals court filing Friday showed all parties agreed to the dismissal of...

Congressman to appeal ruling on Maine's new voting system

Dec. 17, 2018 10:23 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin on Monday announced he's continuing his effort to have Maine's new election system used for the first time in a congressional race declared unconstitutional. A federal judge last week rejected Poliquin's request to nullify the outcome of the...

Incoming governor names pick to head embattled health agency

Dec. 14, 2018 5:33 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's incoming Democratic governor nominated a former senior White House health policy expert Friday to head the state's embattled health agency and its $3.4 billion budget. Gov.-elect Janet Mills said she will nominate former President Barack Obama administration staffer Jeanne...

Judge tosses lawsuit by GOP congressman who lost election

Dec. 13, 2018 4:42 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A federal judge rejected a lawsuit Thursday by a Republican incumbent from Maine who lost the nation's first congressional election held under a candidate-ranking system. Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin sought to have the voting system declared unconstitutional after he lost the...

Attorney questions funding of Bangor psychiatric residence

Dec. 12, 2018 4:34 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage faced criticism Wednesday for his plan to have an out-of-state contractor run a 21-bed psychiatric residence using money budgeted for community mental health services. The LePage administration shouldn't follow through on plans to direct roughly $5...

ACLU settles suit over governor's censored Facebook page

Dec. 10, 2018 3:30 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Facebook page of Maine's Republican governor will no longer block critics, according to a settlement reached last week with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and the operators of the Facebook page. The operators of Gov. Paul LePage's Facebook page agreed to unblock...

2 attorneys general to subpoena Trump Organization, Treasury

Dec. 4, 2018 6:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland plan to file subpoenas Tuesday seeking records from the Trump Organization, the Treasury Department and dozens of other entities as part of a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. The flurry of...