Stories about Charlie Webster

Rich Cebra

Chairman, vice chairwoman of Maine Republican Party resign

By Robert Long on July 03, 2013, at 4:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine Republican Party Chairman Rich Cebra and Vice Chairwoman Beth O’Connor have resigned, a little more than seven months after being elected to the party’s top two leadership positions. Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine Republican Party, confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Cebra resigned “for personal reasons” …
In this July 29, 2005 file photo, Sen. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, speaks during a debate on bond issues during a special session at the State House in Augusta, Maine.

Will Maine politics, LePage, change with retreat of two longtime political personalities?

on Nov. 28, 2012, at 1:37 p.m.
Less than 48 hours after the polls closed on Nov. 6, Mainers knew that two of the state’s most polarizing political figures for more than two decades, Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, and Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster, would be stepping back from the fray, at least for now. …
Renee Ordway

Republicans will breathe sigh of relief upon Webster’s exit

By Renee Ordway on Nov. 16, 2012, at 7:15 p.m.
There are probably not many Republicans who won’t be delighted in a couple of weeks to flip their wall calendars and bury the gloomy page of November deep beneath the rest of 2012. Let’s face it, there are not a lot of things going right for the Republican Party at …
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to reporters en route from Pittsburgh to Boston, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

Romney’s results in northern Maine could make electoral college history

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 06, 2012, at 8:22 p.m.
BANGOR | Republicans in Maine were looking for Mitt Romney to make history Tuesday night by winning the state’s Second Congressional district and for the first time ever splitting Maine’s four electoral votes. Whether that happens won’t likely be clear until early Wednesday, and the odds that a single …

Republicans seek IRS investigation into nonprofit status of group supporting King

By Matthew Stone on Oct. 10, 2012, at 2:45 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Republican Party is challenging the nonprofit status of a group that recently spent more than $700,000 on television advertising and polling intended to support independent Senate candidate Angus King. The Maine GOP has sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service challenging the right of …
Angus King in July.

GOP claims King’s first TV ad violates election law

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 12, 2012, at 11:14 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Republican Party is alleging that Angus King’s first television advertisement in the campaign for Maine’s open U.S. Senate seat violates a provision in federal election law requiring candidates to state orally and in writing that they approve their TV spots. In a two-page complaint the …
Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster at the Maine Republican Convention in May.

Does the GOP convention fiasco doom Charlie Webster as party chairman?

By Robert Long on Aug. 24, 2012, at 3:36 p.m.
AUGUSTA | In addition to providing impetus for the Republican National Committee to seize control of Maine’s national convention delegate seating process, a 26-page report that portrays the state GOP convention as an embarrassing, chaotic free-for-all prompted questions about leadership and direction within the Maine Republican Party. As Republicans …
Charlie Summers

Speakers at Augusta forum unite against voter ID requirements

By Robert Long on Aug. 23, 2012, at 10 p.m.
Don’t seek solutions to nonexistent problems. During a public forum that stretched more than two hours Thursday evening at the University of Maine at Augusta, roughly 20 speakers shared variations on that refrain with a five-member commission assigned to review Maine election practice and suggest improvements. Representatives …
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, throws balloons from the stage after speaking to supporters in Portland following his loss in the Maine caucus in February 2012.

Maine’s Ron Paul delegates refuse compromise on national GOP convention

By Christopher Cousins and Seth Koenig on Aug. 22, 2012, at 11:49 a.m.
PORTLAND | A national Republican committee has found that Maine’s GOP convention was not conducted legally and therefore 20 delegates pledged to support Ron Paul won’t be seated at the party’s national convention which begins next week, according to state party Chairman Charlie Webster. The Committee on Contests, which …
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, throws balloons from the stage after speaking to supporters in Portland following his loss in the Maine caucus in February 2012.

Agreement near to seat some Ron Paul delegates at GOP convention; Maine last holdout

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 21, 2012, at 6:50 p.m.
Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster said Tuesday evening that negotiators with the National Republican Committee were nearing a deal that would seat Maine’s delegates for Ron Paul at the national convention next week in Florida. But, Mark Willis of Dennysville, a newly elected member of Maine’s national convention delegation, …
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas speaks at the University of California at Berkeley, Calif., on April 5, 2012.

Challenge to election of Ron Paul delegates to GOP convention filed

By Judy Harrison on July 28, 2012, at 2:58 p.m.
A prominent Maine Republican from Cumberland County has filed a challenge with the Republican National Committee over the election of all but one of the delegates to the national convention to be held next month in Tampa. All but one of the delegates elected that weekend was a Ron Paul …

Maine GOP Chairman Charlie Webster mocked in ‘Doonesbury’ comic strip

The Associated Press on July 28, 2012, at 12:25 p.m.
PORTLAND | Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster is being chided about his stand on voter rights issues in the nationally syndicated “Doonesbury” comic strip. “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau, weighing in on attempts by states to tighten voter registration laws, quotes Webster in the strip on Friday as saying …
Maine Gov. Paul LePage delivers his speech at the Maine GOP Convention May 6, 2012, at the Augusta Civic Center.

LePage says he didn’t mean to offend with Gestapo comment; Republican leaders say it is ‘a non-issue’

By Matthew Stone on July 09, 2012, at 1:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage said Monday he didn’t mean to offend anyone with his comments calling the Internal Revenue Service “the new Gestapo” after Democrats and others called on the governor to apologize for and retract comments he made in his weekly radio address. Republican leaders, meanwhile, accused …
State party chairman Charlie Webster addresses the Republican Convention to urge leaders to try to wrap up business on time rather than incur additional costs for renting the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta on Sunday, May 6, 2012.

Augusta Civic Center incurs $300 bill in overtime for GOP convention

The Associated Press on May 09, 2012, at 11:25 a.m.
It turns out the Maine GOP didn’t run up a huge tab from the Augusta Civic Center for keeping the lights on after the convention ran late. GOP Chairman Charlie Webster warned Ron Paul activists who took over the weekend convention that the civic center agreement called …
Rep. Chuck Kruger, D-Thomaston

Thomaston lawmaker receives death threats over 2011 tweet about Dick Cheney

By Stephen Betts on April 19, 2012, at 7:07 p.m.
State Rep. Chuck Kruger said he is sincerely sorry about a poor attempt at humor last year but that the reaction has gone too far, including death threats against him. Kruger, a Thomaston Democrat, said he was in a Twitter conversation last August concerning a person who …
Charles Summers

Secretary of State finds no student voter fraud but still pledges to improve system

By Eric Russell on Sept. 21, 2011, at 3:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA | After a two-month investigation into possible voter fraud by college students and noncitizens, Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers said Wednesday his evidence showed that none of the students committed fraud and only one noncitizen voted in Maine. Nevertheless, Summers said his investigation confirmed his belief that …

People’s veto of same-day voter registration ban will be Question 1 in November

By Eric Russell on Sept. 08, 2011, at 6:01 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s secretary of state has certified enough petition signatures to ensure a statewide people’s veto referendum in November that asks voters to support or reject a new law banning Election Day voter registration. Charlie Summers made the announcement late Thursday afternoon, exactly 30 days after Protect Maine …

Maine Democrats’ secretary won’t back down from controversial comments

By Eric Russell on Sept. 01, 2011, at 5:44 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant said he has spoken at length with his party’s secretary about unsubstantiated comments she made last week criticizing Senate President Kevin Raye, but Grant has not and will not ask her to step down. House Minority Leader Emily Cain, D-Orono, said …
Charles Webster, chairman of the Maine Republican Party

GOP chairman says if students want to vote, they should pay taxes

By Eric Russell on Aug. 31, 2011, at 11:49 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Charlie Webster sounds a lot like LeRoy Symm. Symm, the registrar of voters in Waller County, Texas, had a special questionnaire he used for college students. It included questions such as: Do you own property in the county? Where did you attend church? What are your job …

Is Michaud the target of GOP’s redistricting plan?

By Eric Russell on Aug. 16, 2011, at 7:05 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Republicans’ plan to redraw Maine’s two congressional districts has Democrats on edge about the political fate of 2nd District U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who has found himself the target of GOP robocalls this week criticizing his record. As state Democrats and Republicans worked to find a …