Category Archives: State Politics

Twitter account makes Maine lawmaker an unintentional poet

Maine State Representative Jeffrey Timberlake, a Republican from Turner, is perhaps best known for his conservative politics and seat on the powerful Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, but as of yesterday he may have a new claim to fame. An anonymous Twitter account titled “Timberlake Poetry” has begun publishing snippets of the legislator’s social media […]

Legislative attack on Planned Parenthood in Maine seems less likely

Rep. Espling speaks at an anti-Planned Parenthood press conference in October, 2015 | Still of NECN TV coverage

Last year, following the release of secretly-recorded videos that purported to show illegal or unethical activity by employees of Planned Parenthood, several Republican lawmakers in Maine announced that they would be introducing legislation targeting the organization’s clinics in Maine. The legislators made a series of lurid and baseless claims. Three of them even falsely wrote, […]

Maine gun background check referendum supporters to submit signatures today

Maine Moms Demand Action volunteers ready signature boxes for delivery | via campaign website

Maine Moms Demand Action, the organization that has been collecting signatures to place a citizen-initiated referendum on the November ballot to require criminal background checks on all gun sales in Maine, has announced that they have hit their goal and will be submitting their petitions to the office of the Secretary of State later today. […]

Gov. LePage again praises Trump, says he may challenge King for Senate

LePage and Carr in-studio in Augusta, from Carr's Twitter account

In an interview with Massachusetts-based radio host Howie Carr today, sandwiched between appearances by Donald Trump and Ann Coulter, Maine Governor Paul LePage opined on a number of issues, including the Republican presidential primary and his own political future. When asked about his presidential preferences, LePage said he was sticking with Chris Christie. “I have […]

Democrats turn to authentic, populist progressives to take back State Senate

House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe announces his bid for a Maine Senate seat.  | Christopher Cousins/Bangor Daily News

As Steve Mistler notes, Democrats are emphasizing rural districts in their effort to win back control of the State Senate this November. Perhaps more interestingly, they’re depending on authentic, progressive candidates to win those seats. As Senate Candidate Jonathan Fulford described himself and his fellows, it was “a logger, a builder, a lobsterman and a […]

Newspaper rebukes Rep. Picchiotti for “hateful and dehumanizing” Facebook posts

photo via Facebook

The reporting staff of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel have continued to ignore Rep. John Picchiotti’s long series of racist and anti-muslim Facebook posts. A story following his re-election to the Town Council in Fairfield last week still only refers to the one post that initially attracted public attention and notes that he apologized […]