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Latest News in Maine

  • The Friday Five - April 1, 2016

    Each day, the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week. 

  • Maine Democrat Triumphant in Special Election

    March 29, 2016


    CONTACT: Carolyn Fiddler
    National Communications Director

    Maine Democrat Triumphant in Special Election
    Victory Continues Trend of 2016 Cycle Successes

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post lauded tonight’s Democratic special election win in the Maine state Senate. On Tuesday, Maine Democrat Susan Deschambault won the special election in Senate District 32 with 57 percent of the vote. This victory comes on the heels of a series of special election successes in Kentucky and strong Democratic performances in competitive regions in last fall’s legislative general elections in Virginia and New Jersey.

    “Congratulations to Senator-elect Deschambault on her victory in tonight’s special election,” said Post. “This latest win continues a clear pattern of Democratic successes that will continue into the fall – not just in state legislative elections, but all the way to the top of the ballot. Voters in Maine and across the country want government that reflects the American ideals of opportunity and freedom, and when voters bring those demands to the ballot box, Democrats win.

  • 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: