Stories about Paul LePage

LePage was arguably the most conservative of the seven candidates in a Republican gubernatorial primary with no clear front-runner. But there would be no “too close to call” this night as LePage didn’t just win but trounced his rivals.

More than three months later, LePage, 61, has been called everything from a hero to a liar by fans and foes, but “dark horse” is no longer on anyone’s lips. “Race leader,” meanwhile, certainly is — and this in a state not known for embracing conservative Republicans.

“Some people haven’t taken LePage as seriously as they should have,” said Jim Melcher, a political scientist at theUniversity of Maine at Farmington. “He has sort of hit at the right time for a candidate with his message.”

It’s a message that LePage hammers home at every event — smaller and more business-friendly government, less regulation, lower taxes and welfare reform. READ PROFILE ->

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Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2015 State of the State address.

LePage blasts ‘socialist’ lawmakers in State of the State

By Michael Shepherd on Feb. 08, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
The Republican governor largely used the address to drive home the same talking points he has stuck to for the past year.
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Audience reacts to LePage’s tough tone at Portland town hall

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 08, 2015, at 8:43 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage continued a forceful defense of his policy agenda Tuesday in Portland, a largely Democratic city where most of LePage’s ideas find stiff opposition.
Portland, Maine, Fire Deputy Chief Terry Walsh responds to a possible heroin overdose by an 18-year-old male on July 4, 2015.  Over the years, calls of overdose and related "cardiac arrest" calls have increased and become routine in the city.

LePage, Mills promote different approaches to battle Maine’s drug crisis

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 12, 2015, at 3:46 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | Gov. Paul LePage and Maine Attorney General Janet Mills offered different approaches to Maine’s drug crisis in separate addresses before the Maine Medical Association, which gathered Saturday morning in Bar Harbor. Speaking to about 90 people at the Bar Harbor Club, where the association was holding …
Gov. Paul LePage (second from left) stands with his commissioner nominees. They are (from left) Norman Olsen of Cherryfield, who is nominated to lead the Department of Marine Resources; Darryl Brown of Livermore Falls, nominated to head the Department of Environmental Protection; and Philip Congdon of Round Pond, nominated to lead the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Do you remember these 11 former LePage administration commissioners?

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 31, 2015, at 6:16 p.m.
Turnover is expected in Cabinet-level jobs under any governor. LePage had three of his commissioners depart in his first year on the job.
Gov. Paul LePage arrives by canoe to the opening ceremonies of the 2014 World Acadian Congress on the shores of Beau Lake in Quebec.

Probe of LePage’s role in World Acadian Congress president’s resignation sought

By Mario Moretto on July 28, 2015, at 5:12 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Two Democratic lawmakers are requesting that the Legislature’s watchdog group investigate an allegation that Gov. Paul LePage pressured the former president of the World Acadian Congress to resign. The request, submitted Tuesday to the Government Oversight Committee by Reps. Roland “Danny” Martin of Sinclair and Robert Saucier …
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Attorney general rejects LePage’s argument for holding bills

By Christopher Cousins on July 10, 2015, at 5:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage’s contention that the Legislature is adjourned and that he has the right to hold 70 enacted bills until lawmakers reconvene was rebuffed on two fronts late Friday afternoon, including an opinion from Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills. LePage argues that the Legislature adjourned on …
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LePage bill would void attorney general’s authority over new rules

By Mario Moretto on April 24, 2015, at 5:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage has drafted a bill to strip the attorney general of authority over the rulemaking process used by state agencies to implement laws approved by the Legislature. LePage has criticized judgments by Attorney General Janet Mills that some regulations he wanted were illegal. Rather than …
Jill Rothrock, who now works at the Department of Health and Human Services in Ellsworth, talks about her progression from public assistance to employment during a news conference Monday at the State House in Augusta.

Republicans: Mainers want tougher welfare rules

By Christopher Cousins on April 06, 2015, at 2:49 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage and Senate President Mike Thibodeau of Winterport unveiled a new bill Monday that represents a second attempt by Republicans to forward their welfare reform goals. The bill, presented during a news conference Monday afternoon at the State House, is aimed at the Temporary Assistance …
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LePage cites jobs for women in Maine National Guard fight

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 31, 2015, at 8:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage is opposing a plan to convert a key component of the Maine National Guard from engineers to infantry in order to maintain construction capability if there is a disaster and preserve military jobs for women. The governor’s office explained LePage’s stance after a tumultuous …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks in Portland recently.

LePage looks to elude Board of Corrections with county jail ‘receiver’

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 10, 2015, at 6:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Legislative Republicans and Gov. Paul LePage crafted a plan to prevent the closure of several county jails in the coming months. Democrats say the plan gives the governor unchecked power and would be unnecessary if LePage followed current law and ended his refusal to nominate members to …
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (right) addresses the crowd to help Maine Gov. Paul LePage get re-elected at a fundraiser on Tuesday at the Bangor Banquet and Conference Center in Bangor.

Chris Christie asks Republicans to make LePage their ‘mission’ until Election Day

By Mario Moretto on Oct. 28, 2014, at 7:21 p.m.
BANGOR | New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday told a group of enthusiastic Republicans in Bangor that they needed to make the re-election of Maine Gov. Paul LePage a top priority over the next six days. “For the next six days, make Paul LePage your cause. Make Paul …
Independent Eliot Cutler (from left), Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud participate in a debate on Tuesday in Auburn.

Candidates agree on living wage but little else in final debate of Maine governor’s race

By Mario Moretto on Oct. 21, 2014, at 9:33 p.m.
AUBURN | Not much new ground was covered during the last of five scheduled gubernatorial debates Tuesday, but each of the three candidates ran with their last chance to get their message before a statewide audience. The final debate, broadcast live statewide on WMTW and WABI, saw more sharply …
Candidates for governor (from left) independent Eliot Cutler, Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage greet each other on stage before a televised debate in Augusta on Wednesday night.

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Gov. Paul LePage, joined by his wife, Ann, discusses the need to combat domestic violence at a news conference Tuesday at the Blaine House in Augusta.

LePage praises donation to combat domestic violence, pushes mandatory minimum sentencing

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 30, 2014, at 5:55 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday praised a large donation to a leading anti-domestic violence group in Maine, and said the state must do more to eradicate abuse. LePage said that while there has been some movement to curb domestic violence, the state needs to do more. “We …
Gov. Paul LePage mingles with supporters at a campaign stop in Scarborough on Friday.

LePage courts women voters, says he opposes ‘killing babies as a form of contraception’

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 26, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH | Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who has been the target of a concerted campaign by leading reproductive rights advocacy groups, appeared in Scarborough on Friday with several dozen women supporters who said he’s the candidate who represents their interests. During his speech, LePage made complimentary references to the …
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler speaks with the media after a campaign stop at a Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

Cutler defends Gratwick over ‘brain guy’ gaffe, decries use of out-of-context statements in campaigns

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 11, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
BANGOR | Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler said Thursday he “feels badly” for state Rep. Geoffrey Gratwick, D-Bangor, whose conversation with a constituent was secretly recorded and released by the Republican Party earlier this week. Saying Gratwick was “a good guy caught in a bad system,” Cutler said he …
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Is Maine more ‘business friendly’ today under Gov. Paul LePage?

By Darren Fishell and Mario Moretto on Sept. 05, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA | When Republican Gov. Paul LePage entered office in 2011, he vowed to make Maine more friendly to business and create jobs — a central theme of his gubernatorial campaign. LePage started with some high-profile gestures, such as having a mural celebrating organized labor removed from the Maine …
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Candidates for governor share ideas for Maine agricultural rebirth

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 26, 2014, at 6:57 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The three major candidates for governor spent Tuesday with members of Maine’s agricultural community, discussing their visions for farming and how it could be part of the answer to future economic prosperity. It’s well-known that Maine’s agricultural past dwarfs the agricultural present. There is far less farmland …
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LePage gives raises to executive staff, withholds raises for 100 state attorneys

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 19, 2014, at 7:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Roughly 100 attorneys working for the state have been waiting nearly two months to receive substantial raises approved by the Legislature but held up by Gov. Paul LePage. The Legislature approved 4 percent raises for every district attorney, assistant district attorney and assistant attorney general in the …
Maine's first lady, Ann LePage, says in her office in the Blaine House in Augusta that she decided she would make veterans, military members and their families her top cause.

Maine’s first lady balances life and causes, steers clear of politics

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 02, 2014, at 9:58 a.m.
AUGUSTA — You would think being married to one of Maine’s most colorful and controversial governors wouldn’t be easy, but Ann LePage makes it look that way. During a recent one-on-one interview with the Sun Journal, LePage spoke about what it’s like to be one of Maine’s most prominent figureheads, …