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Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Bangor, Maine.
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State lawmakers in both parties roundly denounced the governor’s voicemail and subsequent threat. Democratic leaders said he crossed a line — and that he’s unfit for office. Both LePage and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump have demonstrated a willingness to test the boundaries of acceptable conduct for public officials — and they’ve been repeatedly rewarded for it.

At a press conference in Portland Representative Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook) told reporters that he was truly taken aback by the tone of LePage’s voicemail.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico, and his vice-presidential running mate, former Massachusetts governor William Weld were in Maine today searching for support among voters dissatisfied with the Democratic and Republican options.

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Governor Paul LePage today issued an apology to the people of Maine for a threatening and obscenity-laden voicemail he left for a Democratic lawmaker. But LePage also defended his right to be angry for assertions that he
is racist and dismissed calls for his resignation. The drama that unfolded today has been building for months.

Gov. Paul LePage left a Democratic lawmaker a profanity-laced voicemail, daring him to come to Augusta and prove that the governor is a racist.

The voicemail drew a swift response from Democratic leaders, who said in a statement that the message threatened violence and that the governor is not fit for office.

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Last January Governor Paul LePage created a firestorm of controversy when he talked about black drug dealers coming to Maine to sell their product, and impregnating white girls. At another of his his town meetings, this one in North Berwick Wednesday night, LePage claimed that more than 90% of drug dealers arrested since last January are black or Hispanic. 

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District is calling on Maine television stations to take down an ad paid for by End Citizens United that he says makes several inaccurate claims about his voting record.

Poliquin says the ad erroneously accuses him of, among other things, being a former Wall Street banker, voting to support a Medicare voucher program and boosting profits for insurance companies. The congressman says all of those charges are untrue and the attack on his record is part of a larger coordinated effort.

Gov. Paul LePage told a conservative talk show host that the father of a Muslim-American Army captain killed in combat is a “con artist” for criticizing Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

The governor’s comments follow a national controversy involving Trump and Khizr Khan, whose son was awarded the Gold Star for dying while protecting his fellow soldiers in Iraq.

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is in hot water once again for comments about drug dealers arrested in the state, saying photos he’s collected show more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic.

The Portland Press Herald reports the Republican governor made the reference Wednesday at a town hall in North Berwick. A businessman asked how he could bring a company to Maine, "given the rhetoric you put out there about people of color."

The daughter of Gov. Paul LePage has joined the Maine team helping to elect Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Christie-Lee McNally, Trump’s state campaign director, says Lauren LePage will become the campaign’s coalitions coordinator, working with various groups to get supporters to the polls in November.

McNally says today’s announcement is further evidence that Trump’s team continues to grow in Maine.

Gov. Paul LePage has called for taxes on electric cars to help maintain the state’s roads and bridges.

“I know everybody wants more gas taxes, but the gas tax is giving them a bigger free ride. I think the Legislature is going to have to address, how do they share in paying for our roads?” LePage said on his weekly appearance on WVOM.

The governor says he has suggested they could be taxed through the sales or excise tax, and called on the Legislature to address the problem.

Maine’s agriculture, conservation and forestry commissioner will serve on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s agricultural advisory committee.

Walt Whitcomb will be one of 64 advisors, many heavy hitters in the farm policy world, and many from large agricultural states.

Whitcomb, who also owns a small dairy and meat farm in Waldo, says his presence on the committee means a voice for small, family farmers. And he says Trump seems open to listening to what he and others have to say.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The majority leader of the Maine House of Representatives is criticizing the LePage administration for not working with a federal team seeking to develop a plan to assist the state's ailing forest products industry.

Representative Jeff McCabe, a Democrat, said the governor should not stand on the sidelines while the industry continues to struggle.

Mainers know far less about what is being spent to influence their vote today than they did nearly a decade ago. The difference is dramatic, and it’s leaving even some candidates in the dark about whether their constituents truly support them.

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Gov. Paul LePage has pounced on the recent unsealing of court documents showing an Iranian refugee who resettled in Maine and later joined the terror group ISIS.

AUGUSTA, Maine -  Maine Sen. Susan Collins is urging the U.S. Senate to pass her legislation aimed at reducing financial fraud perpetrated on seniors.

Her Senior Safe Act would allow bank tellers to report suspicious transactions to law enforcement without having to worry about bank secrecy laws.

“It is not controversial," Collins said in Bangor today. "And yet it is a bill that would really make a difference to many seniors that area being ripped off by con artists every single day.”