Ex-LePage spokeswoman enters Maine congressional race
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Paul LePage's press secretary, Adrienne Bennett, formally announced her candidacy Tuesday for Maine's 2nd Congressional District.
Maine game warden chief is retiring
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The leader of the Maine Warden Service for 11 years is retiring.
Col. Joel Wilkinson's retirement was effective Friday. Lt. Dan Scott has been named acting colonel by...
2 GOP candidates eye challenge in competitive Maine district
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Republican challengers to Democratic Rep. Jared Golden are coming into focus, as one candidate is set to announce and another is very close.
LePage to serve as Trump campaign’s honorary chair in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Donald Trump's re-election campaign says former Gov. Paul LePage will serve as his campaign honorary chairman in Maine.
Haitian man pardoned by governor; could seek return to Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has pardoned a man her predecessor declined to help after being deported to Haiti.
Age to buy cigarettes, vape pens and the like rises to 21
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — You now must be at least 21 to buy cigarettes in Vermont.
A new law that raised the minimum age from 18 to buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes went into...
Conservative agitator announces bid for Maine senate
BREWER, Maine (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Paul LePage is giving his endorsement to the Maine Senate bid of a conservative agitator who once accused Democrats of waging a "war on...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's former Republican governor spent all or part of at least 80 days outside of the state during his last year in office, according to travel records that revealed trips...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles has begun offering Real ID-compliant driver's licenses.
The federal Real ID law was passed by Congress after the 2001 terrorist...
Maine Medicaid expansion not moving as quickly as expected
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Thousands fewer Mainers than projected have signed up for Medicaid in the first six months of a statewide expansion of the program.
BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled in favor of Maine's former Republican Gov. Paul LePage in a lawsuit accusing him of abuse of power.
Former Maine governor has a new job _ tending bar
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Paul LePage's wife won't be the only one in their family spending the summer working at a restaurant. LePage will be joining her as a...
DEXTER, Maine (AP) — Most funds earmarked for a Maine domestic violence program went to day-to-day jail operations instead.
The Bangor Daily News reports just $10,000 of $36,000 raised...
Road signs expected this summer for Katahdin Woods & Waters
The National Park Service is putting out to bid contracts to install signs directing motorists to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument more than a year after then-Gov. Paul LePage dropped...
Gov. Mills names director of Maine CDC
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The former head of the Illinois Department of Public Health has been tapped to lead the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Maine city restores funds for asylum seekers
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The City Council in Maine's largest city is restoring funding for a program that provides financial help to asylum seekers who don't qualify for state assistance.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine will build a new pre-release center on the grounds of a former minimum-security prison under an agreement struck by the governor and local lawmakers.
Democrat-controlled statehouses endorsing clean energy
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Soon after taking office, Maine's Democratic Gov. Janet Mills announced renovation plans for the governor's mansion. She wanted to add solar panels.
Maine halting use of photos on food benefit cards
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The administration of Maine Gov. Janet Mills is ending the use of photos on food benefits cards, saying there is no evidence such efforts cut down on fraud.
Former governor pardoned at least 2 people without hearings
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The former governor of Maine pardoned two people in his last days in office without going through the traditional process of consulting the clemency board and holding a...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's system for providing attorneys for people who can't afford them lacks the safeguards to ensure adequate representation for clients and to prevent against...
APNewsBreak: Ex-governor pardoned late mentor’s grandson
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage pardoned his late mentor's grandson in the final days of his second four-year term, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press that...
Documents show former Maine Gov. Paul LePage pardoned late mentor’s grandson, drug traffickers, others
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Documents show former Maine Gov. Paul LePage pardoned late mentor’s grandson, drug traffickers, others.
Proposals would bring back shuttered rural Maine jail
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A pair of bills in Maine would reopen a shuttered prison in the Down East portion of the state.
Former Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, emptied the minimum-security...
Maine lawmakers revive ‘red flag’ bill
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine legislators have revived a so-called "red flag" bill that could allow police to confiscate guns from people deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.
Maine loses latest fight over Riverview funding
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has lost its latest fight in a yearslong battle involving a state psychiatric hospital and $72 million in funding that federal officials want back.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A nonprofit advocacy group linked to Republican former Gov. Paul LePage has geared up in recent months to protect fiscally conservative policies he favored.
Former lawmaker pleads not guilty over hunting licenses
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A former Maine lawmaker who was pardoned by former Gov. Paul LePage has pleaded not guilty to fraudulently obtaining hunting licenses.
Former lawmaker charged over hunting licenses
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Police have charged a former Maine lawmaker with fraudulently obtaining hunting licenses.
The Portland Press Herald reports the Maine Warden Service says Jeffrey Pierce...
LePage suggests Democrats’ money comes mostly from Jews
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former Gov. Paul LePage suggested Monday that the Democratic Party's money comes mostly from Jewish people.
The Republican told WGAN-AM that Jewish people should be...
State to review bid for solar panels at governor’s mansion
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Plans to install solar panels at the Maine governor's mansion moved forward Tuesday as the state said it has received one bid.
Maine governor, predecessor share a fondness for speeding
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former Gov. Paul LePage and current Gov. Janet Mills couldn't be more different when it comes to politics. But, according to their state driving records, they share at least...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Latest on the Maine governors' driving records. (all times local):
A spokesman for Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills says the traffic tickets she's...
Committee OKs governor’s supplemental spending plan
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A legislative committee unanimously recommended Thursday that lawmakers pass Gov. Janet Mills' plan to pay Maine's bills and repeal limits for Medicaid-funded addiction...
Former governor: Cutting Electoral College would hurt whites
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage says any elimination of the Electoral College would hurt white people.
LePage told WVOM radio that allowing the popular vote to choose the...
Maine gov won’t join group that supports offshore drilling
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills has reaffirmed her opposition to oil and gas drilling off the state's coast by declining to participate in a governors' group.
Maine’s governor joins fellow chief executives in DC
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor says she looks forward to meeting fellow governors — and going to the White House.
Democrat Janet Mills is in the nation's capital to attend the annual...
Bill would require annual testing of school drinking water
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers in Maine held a hearing on a bill that would require all schools test for lead in drinking and cooking water.
LePage says he wasn’t aware of high rate paid on Trump hotel
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he was not aware of his administration spending more than $1,100 a night during a stay at a Trump hotel.
Former governor spent $22K on Trump hotel stays: report
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Documents obtained by a Maine newspaper show the state's former Republican governor and his staff spent at least $22,000 in public money at a hotel owned by the family of President Donald Trump.
End of the era of rants in Maine? New governor looks ahead
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — For eight years, a Republican governor viewed by critics as a blabbermouth and bully systematically shifted the course of state government to the right with a take-no-prisoner style.
Maine's new governor is wasting no time in trying to undo the most visible signs of his legacy.
Proposal to repeal Maine vaccine exemptions on to committee
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal to repeal religious and philosophical exemptions to school immunization requirements in Maine has been referred to a legislative committee.
The proposal by Democratic Rep. Ryan Tipping of Orono and several co-sponsors was referred to the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs on Feb. 12. Public hearings and work sessions about the proposal haven't yet been scheduled.
The bill strikes language in state law that allows exemptions.
Maine enrolls over 6,000 in MaineCare so far
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The administration of Maine's new Democratic governor says the state's enrolled over 6,200 under voter-approved Medicaid expansion since January.
The Department of Health and Human Services in a Friday post says Maine is partnering with advocacy non-profit group Consumers for Affordable Health Care to sign up more enrollees through workshops and special enrollment days.
Governor repeals predecessor’s attempt to ban wind projects
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's new Democratic governor has signed an executive order allowing state agencies to consider new wind energy projects in areas of Maine where her predecessor had sought to prohibit them.
Attorney: Lawsuit against former Maine Gov. LePage is moot
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage contends a federal lawsuit filed by a political adversary is moot because he's no longer governor.
Former Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves sued when a job offer from a charter school operator was rescinded because LePage threatened to withhold funding.
LePage lease aims to keep psychiatric residence in Bangor
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A lease letter obligates the state to pay $11.3 million over 30 years for a 16-bed psychiatric residence that was supposed to cost $2 million to $3 million to build, and also includes stipulations that require the facility and service to be provided in Bangor.
Maine changes ‘Open for Business’ sign to ‘Welcome Home’
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's new governor says she's taken down her predecessor's "Open for Business" highway sign and replaced it with one that reads: "Maine Welcome Home."
The sign is part of Democrat Gov. Janet Mills' push to attract newcomers, including immigrants and young people, to the aging, rural state. Her office says the sign was installed Thursday on the Maine turnpike in Kittery.
Maine governor takes step to install solar panels on mansion
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's new Democratic governor is taking steps to install solar panels on the governor's mansion as she calls for the state to be more welcoming of renewable energy.
Gov. Janet Mills' administration posted a request for proposals Friday to move ahead on plans to design and install a photovoltaic system that would supply 50 percent of the Blaine House's electricity needs.
Maine governor rejects predecessor’s Medicaid work rules
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor has told federal regulators that the state won't move forward on her predecessor's plan to require certain Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer.
Gov. Janet Mills wrote Tuesday to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that she's instead directing Maine's health and labor agencies to help prepare recipients of governmental assistance for work.