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Voting stickers rest on ballot-counting machine. The recount of hundreds of thousands of ballots associated with two referendum questions is set to begin and could take weeks.

Marijuana, school tax ballot recounts to start but may take weeks

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 29, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
The recount of hundreds of thousands of ballots associated with two referendum questions is set to begin and could take weeks.
Connor Mullen, 17, cheers as election results roll in on a TV screen at a Republican rally in Portland on Nov. 8.

Republicans have made big gains in rural Maine. Can they hold them?

By Michael Shepherd on Nov. 26, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The Republican insurgency into rural Maine during the era of Gov. Paul LePage may not wane when he leaves office in 2018.
Patrick Woodcock speaks at the Caribou Inn & Convention Center, March 16, 2016.

LePage’s energy director leaving post in December

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 16, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
Patrick Woodcock, the director of Gov. Paul LePage’s Energy Office, is stepping down from the position in December.
Troy Jackson

Democrats elect Troy Jackson to lead them in the Maine Senate

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 14, 2016, at 9:31 p.m.
Democrats also elected Sen. Nathan Libby of Lewiston as their assistant minority leader.
Gov. Paul LePage waves as he leaves the House of Representatives chamber after he delivered his 2014 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta.

How LePage lost and won the 2016 election

By Michael Shepherd on Nov. 13, 2016, at 7:06 a.m.
It’s hard telling what voters indicated by shifting the Legislature slightly toward the political middle, but it’s clear that it’ll have a check on the governor during his final two years in the Blaine House.
The Maine House of Representatives on the last day of the 127th Legislature at the State House, April 29, 2016

Cash and the path to Maine legislative control flow through these districts

By Michael Shepherd on Oct. 30, 2016, at 7:20 a.m.
Democrats are still favored over Republicans to win the Maine Legislature, but Republicans have a path to keeping the crucial Senate majority chambers, according to a Bangor Daily News analysis handicapping all 186 legislative races.
Ricker Hamilton is the Deputy Commissioner of Programs for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and former director of the Office of Aging and Disability Services.

New Riverview unit hits roadblock

By Mal Leary on Oct. 27, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
The LePage administration’s plan to build a new facility for mentally ill patients next to the Riverview Psychiatric Center has hit another roadblock.
Andre Cushing

Maine GOP senators seek hearing on fraud allegations, say Democrats are ‘mud-slinging’

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 25, 2016, at 12:40 p.m.
Two Republican state senators who have been accused of violating legislative reimbursement rules have requested a hearing in an effort to clear their names.
Rep. Jeff Evangelos, I-Friendship, speaks at a rally calling for the impeachment of Gov. Paul LePage on Jan. 6 outside the State House in Augusta.

Independent legislator’s effort to oust LePage collapses

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 08, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
In a letter Thursday morning to the Bangor Daily News, Evangelos wrote that Democratic legislative leaders in the House and Senate have “joined the cowardly Republicans to reject our appeal.”
Rep. Jeff Evangelos, I-Friendship, speaks at a rally calling for an investigation into potential wrongdoing by Gov. Paul LePage outside the State House in Augusta, June 30, 2015.

As special session gambit fails, LePage foe launches new removal effort

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on Sept. 06, 2016, at 10:56 a.m.
Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos has invited members of the Legislature to sign on to his request, which questions Gov. Paul LePage’s “mental competency.”
DAILY BRIEF

LePage says he expects GOP to lose Maine Senate majority in November

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 06, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
Daily Brief: All eyes are on the November elections and how they’ll affect the balance of power in the Democrat-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate. LePage said today he is not expecting the situation to improve, at least from Republicans’ perspective.
POLL QUESTION
Gov. Paul LePage signs papers on stage at his second inaugural in Augusta on Jan. 7, 2015, with Sen. Mike Thibodeau.

Legislative leaders’ latest failure bolsters LePage job security

By Michael Shepherd on Sept. 04, 2016, at 7:18 a.m.
The governor caused his biggest controversy yet, but it seems that he’ll emerge unscathed in the Maine Legislature, if not in the public’s eye.
POLL QUESTION
House Speaker Mark Eves

Talk of special session on LePage fizzles after bipartisan alliance breaks down

By Michael Shepherd on Sept. 02, 2016, at 2:35 p.m.
Maine House Speaker Mark Eves polled all members of his chamber Friday on a special session to address the governor’s latest controversy.
The State House can be seen in this January 2016 file photo.

Lawmakers deadlocked on LePage sanctions, but ‘there will be no Gov. Thibodeau’

By Michael Shepherd on Sept. 01, 2016, at 6:08 p.m.
Top Republicans and Democrats emerged from a meeting fragmented three ways about returning to Augusta to condemn Gov. Paul LePage.
STATE & CAPITOL
Gov. Paul LePage (left) and Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, during the governor’s second inauguration in 2015.

GOP opposition, Constitution makes legislative action against LePage unlikely

By Michael Shepherd on Sept. 01, 2016, at 2:22 p.m.
Legislative leaders are meeting on Tuesday to discuss reconvening to address Gov. Paul LePage’s latest controversy, but Republican opposition and the Maine Constitution place high hurdles ahead of the prospect of even returning to Augusta.
POLL QUESTION
Gov. Paul LePage answers questions from the audience during a town hall meeting at William S. Cohen School in Bangor on May 25.

LePage rejects calls to resign, says he has ‘backbone,’ not problems

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on Aug. 31, 2016, at 3:46 p.m.
“I’m not an alcoholic. I’m not a drug addict. I don’t have mental issues,” LePage said.
DAILY BRIEF

Republican lawmakers’ split over LePage widens

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 31, 2016, at 9:04 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage is set to meet with that lawmaker, Rep. Drew Gattine of Westbrook, this morning.
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.
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.