Mike Thibodeau

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Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau is ending his bid for governor. Thibodeau announced that he's dropping out of the governor's race in a Facebook post published Monday.

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Gov. Paul LePage told Maine Calling that he has no plans to endorse any of the candidates vying to replace him when his term expires next year.

LePage was asked by the Maine Public call-in program host Jennifer Rooks if he will back Republican candidate Shawn Moody. Lauren LePage, the governor's daughter, is working for Moody's campaign, as are former members of LePage's campaigns, including his top political advisor.

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Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau announced Tuesday that he's running for governor. Thibodeau announced his candidacy in a video ad highlighting his family business.

Thibodeau says the experience has helped him understand what is needed for Maine to have a robust economy.

"Not only that, but I understand how to get things done at the State House," he said. "I know how to work with people and have accomplishments to show for it."

Maine Budget Update

Jul 5, 2017
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Now that the state has ended the government shutdown, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of the budget compromise and what's in store for the future.

Guests:  Mal Leary, Maine Public Political Correspondent

Sarah Gideon, Speaker of the House (D-Freeport)

Mike Thibodeau, Senate President (R-Waldo)

AUGUSTA, Maine - The new Republican senators in the Maine Legislature met today at the State House to elect their leaders.

They are familiar faces.  Current Senate President Mike Thibodeau is the GOP nominee for president in the 128th session, which convenes next month.  Both Majority Leader Garret Mason and Assistant Leader Andre Cushing are going to continue in those posts.

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For the first time in 20 years, the two houses of the Maine Legislature will be under the control of different parties. Pending recounts, Republicans have captured 20 of the Maine Senate's 35 seats. Over in the House, meanwhile - despite some Republican gains - Democrats appear to have maintained a majority, with 79 seats. The dynamics of this divided Legislature could potentially result in an usually productive session.