Tag Archives: Paul LePage

Ignore the money, ignore the polls

It can be tempting. I know. Like a siren’s song, the allure of fundraising totals and polling results is irresistible to the media. It never fails, no matter how pointlessly irrelevant it is, they will spend an unconscionable amount of time and energy “breaking down” the gubernatorial race, and analyzing who is up and who […]

LePage and House Republicans win the shutdown showdown

It is hard to argue that this government shutdown didn’t yield positive results. The last budget approved by Maine lawmakers over the governor’s veto in 2015, contained $6.7 billion in spending, which, if you recall, was a bloated “compromise” budget that spent hundreds of millions of dollars more than its predecessor. LePage’s proposal for this budget […]

Unpacking Maine’s Horrible Business Ranking

Yesterday, Forbes released its annual list of “The Best States for Business“, and Maine had the unfortunate honor of coming in dead last. Again. Clearly they haven’t seen the governor’s sign. Governor LePage and legislative Republicans have been in power for roughly a year, and it is quite unrealistic to expect Maine to be completely […]

Building a budget from zero finds the waste

Lost in all the kerfuffle over congressional redistricting has been a rather interesting tidbit of news. Gov. Paul LePage has asked his cabinet to institute a new (for Maine) way of drawing up state budget numbers, something called “zero-base budgeting.” There probably isn’t a drier topic on earth than the budget process, but for Maine, […]

The Credibility (Or Lack Thereof) Of Norm Olsen

Norm Olsen made a number of damning accusations on his way out the door, last week.  His statements should be familiar by now to anyone who has followed this mini-controversy, but if you need to be brought up to speed, just read his parting shots here. One of his more troubling accusations piqued my curiosity: […]

The Curious Case Of Norm Olsen

In the past couple of days, the cause célèbre in Maine politics has been the resignation of the Commissioner of Department of Marine Resources, Norm Olsen, and his subsequent torching of the administration on his way out the door. Once the fiery bridge burning occurred, rather predictably the left swooped into action like an opportunistic condor, […]

You Can't Listen And Talk At The Same Time

Ah, the listening tour.  The last public relations line of defense for a candidate or party bereft of ideas or communications platforms. Do you remember, dear reader, when Hillary Clinton‘s appointment as Secretary of State created a vacancy in the United States Senate, and one Caroline Kennedy decided to throw her hat in the ring […]

Charter Schools Come To Maine

Not a cure for the pox on education in Maine and in the country, but certainly a step in the right direction. Thanks to the talents of our former editor Derek Viger, Pine Tree Politics has covered the issue of charter schools at some length.  But now, thanks to the legislature and a signature from […]