Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) and his staff racked up more than $20,000 in costs in 2017 and 2018 staying at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Portland Press Herald reports.
Bangor Daily News: “In the past, you have generally known winners in high-profile races on election night… That’s fine in races decided with a plurality of votes, but not as valuable under ranked-choice voting, in which a winner is only declared if a majority picks a candidate as their first choice. If not, the candidate with the lowest number of first-place votes is eliminated and second-place votes for that candidate are reallocated. The process is repeated until someone wins a majority.”
“With seven Democrats and four Republicans running for governor, a first-round majority is unlikely. Clerks will report first-round votes to us on election night as they have in the past, but further rounds of ranked-choice voting will be run centrally by the secretary of state’s office.”
“The secretary of state has said that this will happen during the week after the election.”
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) “has been out of the state for most of the past two weeks and has spent much of that time in Washington, fueling speculation he might be in line for a position in the Trump administration,” the Portland Press Herald reports.
A LePage spokesman wouldn’t deny the rumors: “The president is pretty impressed with all the accomplishments the governor has made over the last six years that the Maine media have ignored.”
“Republican leaders in Maine are trying to figure out a fitting punishment for racially charged comments and a threatening voicemail made by Gov. Paul LePage, who has repeatedly avoided punishment for impolitic remarks,” the AP reports.
“Republican Senate and House leaders are arranging a closed-door meeting with LePage before deciding the next step as November state legislative elections loom.”
A new Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump, 42% to 35%, with 19% preferring someone else.
Also interesting: 57% of have unfavorable view of Clinton while 62% have an unfavorable view of Trump.
Said pollster Andrew Smith: “These are the two most unpopular candidates to have ever run for president, at least going back for as long as there has been polling. You never see them both under water like this.”
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) told WVOM that drug traffickers should be publicly executed.
Said LePage: “I think the death penalty should be appropriate for people that kill Mainers.”
He added: “Actually, if you want my honest opinion, we should give them an injection of the stuff they sell. What I think we ought to do is bring the guillotine back. We could have public executions.”
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) and Democratic leaders clashed “about whether 19 bills became law after LePage failed to veto them or if the governor can still send the measures back to the Legislature,” the Portland Press Herald reports.
“In the latest twist of a historically bizarre legislative session, the LePage administration insisted Wednesday that lawmakers’ use of the word ‘adjourn’ last week rather than ‘recess’ gave the governor additional time to hold the 19 bills. Yet the nonpartisan state office responsible for publishing Maine statutes began writing the 19 bills into law on Wednesday despite the governor’s claims.”
“Republican leaders were conspicuously silent on the issue. Democrats, meanwhile, said the governor missed his veto window.”