The Maine Headlines: Volume 24

10/19/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,

This is the Maine Headlines section of your weekly Maine Event.

This feature is for those of you who need your news on the go!

Here’s your quick take on some of the biggest recent stories in Maine Politics that weren’t individually featured in the Maine Event:

  • Maine immigrants are demanding a seat at the table with Maine’s next governor. Unfortunately, all four gubernatorial candidates — including Republican Shawn Moody — have campaigned on expanding non-citizen rights in Maine. So, it looks like they’ll get the seat at the table they’re demanding, no matter who wins November 6th.
  • The USM professor who organized a free “pop-up” course for college credit — only for students willing to protest AGAINST Justice Kavanaugh — has been barred from ever teaching the University of Maine system again. The professor remains unapologetic and threatens that the University systems will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars because of their decision.
  • President Donald Trump has appointed Mary Mayhew — the woman who turned around Maine’s DHHS and the only gubernatorial candidate back in the primaries who took a hard line on immigration — to head the United States’ Medicaid program. Making the appointment even better, Mayhew opposed expanding Medicaid for the young and healthy in Maine.
  • Things aren’t looking great for incumbent Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin (CD-2). His opponent, the swampy Rep. Jared Golden now has an overall fundraising advantage over Poliquin and has pulled even with the incumbent in the latest poll. The two are tied at 41%. However, Golden has a better approval rating.
  •  The Portland Press Herald is not even trying to hide the fact that they’re the lapdogs of the Democrat party — practically printing the press release straight from the Maine Democrat Party. The article brings up four Republicans in legislative races who have criminal histories. One of the candidates already dropped out, another is not campaigning, another is a non-competitive district, and last is old news and not a story. However, that didn’t stop PPH from trying to paint the Maine GOP as inept and criminal.
  • On November 6th, Waterville residents will vote on whether or not to ban the use of free, safe, reusable plastic bags. Waterville Mayor, Nick Isgro is urging residents to vote against the ban.
  • Sad news to report today, as arguably the best Governor in Maine history, Gov. Paul LePage has announced he will NOT seek any further political office. LePage is always high on the GOP wishlist to challenge King Angus or primary Susan Collins.

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