Gov. Paul LePage

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage has a new reason to consider running for the Senate next year:  The Washington Post is reporting that President Trump has said he wants LePage to challenge Independent Sen. Angus King.  

Maine Gov. Paul LePage laughs as he speaks during a conference of New England's governors and eastern Canada's premiers to discuss closer regional collaboration, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Boston.
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All sixteen Maine sheriffs met privately with Gov. Paul LePage Monday to discuss his concerns about sheriffs not cooperating with ICE, federal immigration and customs enforcement.

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he has hired a former energy executive as his new energy chief.

LePage said Tuesday that former Downeast Energy Corp. Chief Financial Officer Steven McGrath began his tenure as director of the governor's energy office in late August.

The governor said that for the past four years McGrath has worked as a financial adviser and a part-time CFO for several Maine small businesses.

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Gov. Paul LePage says he has received death threats over his controversial comments about the Civil War and the violence in Charlottesville. 

LePage appeared Thursday on Portland radio station WGAN. “You cannot reason with hatred," he said. "It is just beyond reasoning, it’s - it’s just beyond reasoning. And, in fact, I have a couple of letters I have to look at today because they are threatening to kill me.”

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke talks with reporters with part of Mount Katahdin in the background at the Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument near Staceyville, Maine, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
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Sometime in the next 24 hours, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is expected to recommend what, if any, changes he thinks should be made to Maine’s Katahdin Woods and

Waters National Monument. Friday marks the one year anniversary since the monument’s designation by President Obama and supporters have a celebration and fundraiser planned. But the party could turn into a strategy session depending on Zinke’s decision.

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Two months after ruling out a bid for the U.S. Senate, Gov. Paul LePage suggested Thursday that there's a possibility he may challenge independent U.S. Sen. Angus King next year.

The Republican governor also acknowledged that he's being pressured to run by the Trump administration.

LePage told Portland radio station WGAN that he may reconsider if Auburn state Sen. Eric Brakey's Senate bid doesn't gain traction.

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The LePage administration is relaxing certain requirements for child care providers who look after children in their own homes, while unilaterally increasing the amount of money they receive for enrolling low-income children with state-funded subsidies.

The administration says it’s overhauling the way the state treats this particular type of child care setting because it wants to reverse a long-term decline in the number of in-home child care providers and make affordable child care more widely available in rural areas.

AUGUSTA, Maine— A bill to halt new Maine solar regulations so far lacks the support needed to survive the Gov. Paul LePage's veto.

The Maine House voted 90-54 Wednesday on Republican Sen. Thomas Saviello's bill.

State utility regulators released solar billing rules this year that drew criticism from solar proponents and skeptics such as LePage.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission said it would maintain current rules for existing solar customers for 15 years while reducing certain bill credits over time.

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The Maine Senate passed a conspicuous and curiously timed resolution honoring Gov. Paul LePage's former finance director, Richard Rosen, Wednesday. Rosen abruptly resigned last week with no explanation and at the height of negotiations over the state's next two-year budget. Rosen's sudden departure is considered throughout the State House as more forced than voluntary.

Last week, Rosen ran into a reporter when he returned to the Cross Building to complete his termination paperwork. He was not prepared to talk about why he stepped down.

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With budget talks at an impasse at the State House, there is growing talk of a state government shutdown come July first when the current budget runs out. It has happened before, in the summer of 1991, and lasted several weeks.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage says he'll begin instructing state agencies to prepare for a partial government shutdown, but he also believes legislative leaders will break the budget stalemate and pass a two-year spending plan before months end.

Lawmakers discuss business in the House Chamber as the Maine Legislature reconvenes Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at the State House in Augusta, Maine.
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The legislature, by a margin of 113 to 33 in the House and 35 to 0 in the Senate has overridden Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of legislation expanding well water testing.

The legislation requires well drillers to provide more information to home owners about water testing, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to update its informational material and increases the fee for state testing by $10 to create a fund to help poor Mainers cover the cost of water testing.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Governor Paul LePage has again vetoed a bill designed to ensure that Mainers with private wells are drinking water that is safe. LD 454 attempts to bring private drinking water sources more in line with the oversight already in place for public water supplies, through improved education, recommendations, and expanded testing for potentially lethal contaminants.

In this Dec. 19, 2016, file photo, Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage arrives in the House Chamber at the State House in Augusta, Maine.
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Retired state workers and teachers were out in force Wednesday to testify against Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed state budget. They were surprised when the governor personally came before the Appropriations Committee to defend it.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage apologized to an African-American Mainer Wednesday night for past remarks that identified people of color with drug-dealing in Maine, and suggesting that a civil rights leader should thank white people for advancing the cause.

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