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POLL QUESTION
Gov. Paul LePage

Amid pressure to resign, LePage says he’s ‘looking at all of the options’

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 30, 2016, at 9:03 a.m.
“There’s no excuses. It’s unacceptable,” Gov. Paul LePage said. “I apologize to the Maine people and Rep. Gattine’s family.”
STATE & CAPITOL

Amid pressure to resign, LePage says, ‘I’m looking at all of the options’

on Aug. 30, 2016, at 8:39 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where Republican Gov. Paul LePage is in full-throated apology mode for the now-infamous comments he directed at Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine of Westbrook last week. During his weekly radio appearance on WVOM, LePage said there are no excuses for the obscene voicemail he left for Gattine last …

FBI detects breaches against two state voter systems

By Dustin Volz and Jim Finkle, Reuters on Aug. 30, 2016, at 7:25 a.m.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has found breaches in Illinois’ and Arizona’s voter registration databases and is urging states to increase computer security ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, according to a U.S. official familiar with the probe.

Westbrook teen center cancels LePage’s planned town hall

By Jake Bleiberg on Aug. 30, 2016, at 5:24 a.m.
The town hall would have taken place in the town represented by the Democratic state lawmaker, Rep. Drew Gattine, who received an angry, obscenity-laced voicemail from Gov. Paul LePage.
POLL QUESTION
Gov. Paul LePage

Report: LePage public forum canceled in Westbrook, home of his latest political target

By Jake Bleiberg on Aug. 29, 2016, at 9:09 p.m.
Town hall meeting was scheduled for Wednesday evening.
The words "Dump LePage" were painted by vandals on an I-295 overpass in Portland.

‘Dump LePage’ graffiti appears in Portland

By CBS 13 on Aug. 29, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
The words “Dump LePage” were painted by vandals on an I-295 overpass in Portland.
LEFTBRAINRIGHTBRAIN

Are Republicans finally ready to ditch LePage?

on Aug. 29, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
Reuters | Jonathan Ernst Steven Biel: Governor LePage seems to be in a middle of a full-on public breakdown, and it appears more and more Republicans are looking for an off-ramp after six years of the LePage experience. You publicly broke from LePage more than a year ago, but could …
Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence speaks about trade and the economy at a private event at Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Despite Mike Pence’s rhetoric, refugees come to Indiana

By Katie Zezima, Washington Post on Aug. 29, 2016, at 3:38 p.m.
“You can’t pick and choose who comes to your state,” said Cole Varga, executive director of Exodus Refugee Immigration.
Sen. Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport

Senate president calls for ‘corrective action’ after LePage remarks

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 29, 2016, at 2:35 p.m.
Top Republicans met Monday night to discuss the LePage controversy.
EDITORIALS
Gov. Paul LePage answers questions from the audience during a town hall meeting at  William S. Cohen School in Bangor on May 25.

The most viable way to hold LePage accountable? Censure, irrelevance

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 29, 2016, at 2:24 p.m.
Lawmakers need to address LePage’s fitness for office. They can’t simply allow behavior unbecoming of the governor’s office to slide by without consequence.
POLL QUESTION
Gov. Paul Lepage

LePage to hold town hall in Westbrook, home of his latest political target

By Jake Bleiberg on Aug. 29, 2016, at 1:10 p.m.
“What I think anyone would take it as is just another way for him to pick a fight,” said Brendan Rielly, president of Westbrook’s City Council.
New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, attend a news conference in New York, on July 23, 2013.

Top Clinton aide Huma Abedin separates from Anthony Weiner after latest sex scandal

By Amanda Becker, Reuters on Aug. 29, 2016, at 12:02 p.m.
A top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Monday that she was separating from her husband, a former U.S. congressman who resigned after a sex scandal.
CONTRIBUTORS
An unidentified man holding a sign with the words "Impeach LePage" is led out of Thomas Auditorium at University of Maine at Farmington on Sept. 23, 2015, prior to Gov. Paul LePage entering the room.

A LePage impeachment would repeat — and reverse — impeachment’s race-based history

By Patrick Rael on Aug. 29, 2016, at 10:34 a.m.
Once again, Maine Gov. Paul LePage is in trouble, and race is at the heart of the matter.
POLL QUESTION
Gov. Paul Lepage

What a legislative ‘censure’ of LePage would look like

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 29, 2016, at 10:05 a.m.
Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough said she shares constituents’ “deep concern” about his behavior.
STATE & CAPITOL

What a legislative ‘censure’ of LePage would look like

on Aug. 29, 2016, at 9:57 a.m.
Good morning from Portland. The weekend brought more fallout from the controversy around Gov. Paul LePage’s comments last week about black and Hispanic drug dealers and his subsequent profane voicemail to a Democratic lawmaker. One of the most jarring responses to the Republican governor came on Sunday from Sen. Amy …
Roxanne Quimby (center) listens as Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell speaks during a public celebration and dedication ceremony Sunday for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument at the New England Outdoor Center in Township 2 Range 9.

National monument supporters celebrate ‘an incredible gift’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 28, 2016, at 10:27 p.m.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell praised Roxanne Quimby’s vision.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at Futuramic Tool & Engineering in Warren, Michigan, Aug. 11, 2016.

Hillary Clinton gets national security briefing

By Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times on Aug. 28, 2016, at 1:50 p.m.
The intelligence briefing was Clinton’s first and comes with just a little over two months until election day.
Republican nominee Donald Trump speaks at "Joni's Roast and Ride" in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 27, 2016.

Wavering on immigration, Donald Trump talks tough in Iowa

By Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times on Aug. 28, 2016, at 12:55 p.m.
After days of toggling back and forth on his immigration views —specifically on deportations — Donald Trump returned to his tough talk Saturday, vowing that it will be his No. 1 issue should he win the presidency.

Magazines like to rank Maine’s economy. Put their lists dead last this election season.

on Aug. 28, 2016, at 5 a.m.
As we enter election season, political parties will again ready their claims about what’s up and what’s down in the economy and why that should cause voters to fill in Bubble A or Bubble B (or, in certain markets, Bubble C). Those, of course, are arguments dressed as descriptions, based on a whole bunch of funky …

Trump/Pence Sign Wave Ellsworth

By DaveGulya on Aug. 27, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: SK Whiting Park, Corner of Main & High Street, Ellsworth, Maine For more information: 207-460-0978; facebook.com/events/164355317302019/ If you listen to the mainstream media and see the obviuosly rigged polling, you would be one to believe that there isn’t much support …