DAILY BRIEF

Republican lawmakers’ split over LePage widens

Posted Aug. 31, 2016, at 9:04 a.m.

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re entering the seventh day of Gov. Paul LePage’s latest controversy involving remarks on black and Hispanic drug dealers and a subsequent profanity-laden voicemail to a Democratic lawmaker who criticized him.

It’s showing no signs of slowing down and should continue to dominate political coverage today.

LePage is set to meet with that lawmaker, Rep. Drew Gattine of Westbrook, this morning.

We’re also expecting to more legislative wrangling after Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, openly disagreed with House Republicans’ Tuesday announcement that they won’t support calls for a special legislative session to censure LePage.

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