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Paul LePage speaks on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Photo: Gregory Rec/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Former two-term Governor of Maine Paul LePage (R), who once declared he was "Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular," announced that he is launching a campaign for a third term, AP reports.

Why it matters: The race may provide insight into Maine's appetite for a Trump ally in office. Trump won one electoral vote in Maine during the 2020 election, "underscoring his popularity" in rural parts of the state, per AP.

The big picture: As governor, LePage cut taxes and paid back millions in Medicaid debt and was also known for his feuds with other lawmakers and the media.

  • Maine's Constitution limits governors to two consecutive terms, but LePage, 72, is allowed to run again after sitting out a term.
  • He's been outspoken and critical of his successor, Gov. Janet Mills (D).
  • LePage will kick off his campaign in the fall.
  • LePage made headlines after telling the Portland chapter of the NAACP to "to kiss my butt" over his decision to skip its Martin Luther King Jr. Day event and suggesting drug dealers were impregnating young girls in Maine.

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Trump hints at 2024 White House run during 9/11 visit

Former President Donald Trump. Photo: Andy Jacobsohn /AFP via Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump said Saturday that it's an "easy question" whether he'll run for office in 2024 while talking to firefighters and police officers in New York City on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

The big picture: Trump skipped the day's official events in lieu of his campaign-style appearance with first responders. He is also scheduled to provide commentary for a pay-per-view boxing match Saturday night in Florida.

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After failing to get a deal on other planned tax increases, key Senate Democrats are pivoting to a billionaires' income tax to pay for President Biden's social spending.

The big picture: No advanced economy has attempted anything similar on such a scale.