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  • Hero Paul LePage says his blackmail, abuse of power are “just like” stopping domestic violence

    It’s tempting to say that Maine Gov. Paul LePage has gone off the deep end, but his deep end is Mariana Trench-level deep, so who knows where “off” is?

    Still, though, this is amazing.

    The Portland Press Herald reports on the civil lawsuit Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves filed today against Gov. LePage. In it, Speaker Eves alleges that LePage used the power of his office and taxpayer dollars to prevent his hiring at a private school (Good Will-Hinckley). (More background here and here.)

    According to both the governor and the school, that’s pretty much what happened. Gov. LePage just doesn’t seem to think he’s done anything wrong.

    Gov. LePage’s response to the lawsuit was typically understated.

    During an interview on WGAN radio Thursday morning, LePage said he believed Eves was a plant, from the unions, to destroy charter schools … I believe that’s what his motive is.”

  • Democrat Pinny Beebe-Center wins special election for Maine House

    Democrat Anne "Pinny" Beebe-Center has won the special election for Maine House District 93, a seat left open by retiring Democrat Elizabeth Dickerson.  Beebe-Center won by a solid 8.4%, despite being outspent 2-to-1 in a district that saw only a 4-point race last fall.

    Congratulations quickly poured in:

  • Two dozen key races may decide control of Maine State House

    The Portland Press Herald's Steve Mistler identifies the battleground districts likely to be turning points in the battle for the Maine State House.

  • Maine GOP Stands with LePage Against Local Businesses

    Thirteen Republicans in the Maine Senate recently filp-flopped to sustain Governor Paul LePage's (R) veto of a bill designed to help local farmers and fishermen. LD 1254 was sponsored by Rep. Craig Hickman (D-Winthrop) and would have encouraged schools and state agencies to support local businesses by purchasing more food produced in Maine.