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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.
Rep. Drew Gattine, D-Westbrook, said Friday that he had alerted the Westbrook police chief about a threatening voicemail that Gov. Paul LePage left him Thursday but had not filed a formal police complaint.

LePage’s latest firestorm is more damaging than previous controversies

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 27, 2016, at 1:06 p.m.
Top Democrats have called for LePage’s resignation and Republicans — including some who have held back on criticizing the governor in the past — are mulling a formal censure.

After obscene tirade, LePage challenges Democrat to a duel

on Aug. 26, 2016, at 6:54 p.m.
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Don Christen of Starks smokes marijuana outside the Somerset County Courthouse during the 26th annual Patriot's Day Rally smoke-in, which he organizes every year to educate and bring awareness to the benefits of marijuana.

Groups behind 3 of 5 Maine ballot questions face campaign finance fines

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 25, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
The leniency of the Maine Ethics Commission will be tested when it considers more than a dozen requests for mercy from candidates and political organizations who missed campaign finance filing deadlines.
CONTRIBUTORS
Certified professional midwife Laura Donnelly listens to the heartbeat of Kathryn Bronson's baby while Bronson's dog Murphy watches over her.

Mothers to-be deserve to know their midwives meet the highest standards

By Carrie Werner on Aug. 18, 2016, at 1:04 p.m.
This spring, the Legislature passed a bill that will require licensure, training standards and data collection for midwives practicing outside hospitals.
POLL QUESTION
Republican Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta.

Lawmakers consider regulating fantasy sports gambling in Maine

By Mal Leary on Aug. 14, 2016, at 2 a.m.
Maine will join the growing number of states that will consider legislation next year to regulate fantasy sports gambling.
Gov. Paul LePage placed a paper copy of the biennial state budget beneath rubber pigs and a Christmas tree at the State House in Augusta, June 17, 2015.

Why only a fraction of Maine’s $93 million budget surplus goes to savings

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 14, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Among Gov. Paul LePage’s top complaints about the Legislature is how it deals with extra money in the state budget.
An Orono Middle School student uses his Apple laptop during class on June 12, 2013.

LePage eyes changing laptop program launched by Angus King

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 12, 2016, at 2:39 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage has placed a key element of Angus King’s legacy as governor under a microscope by ordering a sweeping review of a taxpayer-funded program that provides thousands of computer devices to Maine students.
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew speaks during a press conference in Bangor, Oct. 28, 2014.

Maine DHHS proceeds with plan to build facility for mentally ill patients

By Steve Mistler, MPBN on Aug. 12, 2016, at 2:39 p.m.
The Maine DHHS is moving forward with a plan to build a new facility for mentally ill patients who have committed crimes but have been deemed not responsible by a judge.