Mark Eves

BOSTON - A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Maine's former Republican Gov. Paul LePage in a lawsuit accusing him of abuse of power.

Mark Eves, a former Maine House speaker, is among seven Democrats running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Eves was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2008, where he served the maximum allowed four terms, the last two as House speaker, from 2012 to 2016.

Eves earned a bachelor’s from the University of Louisville and a master’s from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is a family therapist.

Maine Public’s Mal Leary asked Eves why Democrats should choose him over the field:

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BOSTON - A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit accusing Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage of abuse of power and blackmail.
 
The full 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston will meet on Tuesday to examine the case brought by former Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves.
 
Eves says the governor overstepped his authority when he threatened to withhold state funding to force a charter school operator to rescind a job offer to Eves.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - A lawsuit filed more than two years accusing Republican Gov. Paul LePage of abuse of power and blackmail has new life.

The full 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston announced Friday that it's going to hear arguments on the lawsuit brought by former Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves.

A hearing is set for April 3.

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Two-time former Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves formally launched his bid to become Maine's next governor during a campaign event at his home in North Berwick Thursday night.

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Former Maine Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves is expected to launch his anticipated run for governor later today. 

Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves has lost his appeal for a District Court to reconsider his civil lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage. The U.S. Court of Appeals of the First Circuit dismissed Eves’ appeal in a split decision.

Two members of the three-judge panel ruled that LePage is protected by the immunity clause designed to discourage civil lawsuits against elected officials. The decision reaffirms a May ruling by U.S. District Judge George Singal to dismiss Eves’ lawsuit.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Departing Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves' next gig will be heading a Westbrook nonprofit serving people with special needs.

Eves will return in October to Woodfords Family Services, one of several organizations where he's worked during 15 years as a therapist. Eves, who's holding a statewide senior listening tour, cannot run again due to term limits.

The speaker is in a legal battle with Republican Gov. Paul LePage over the steps the governor took to oppose another job offer Eves received in 2015.

The attorney for Maine Gov. Paul LePage argues that a federal court should deny House Speaker Mark Eves’ appeal of a lawsuit against the governor.

Eves’ lawsuit alleges that the governor acted illegally when he threatened to withhold state funding to a private nonprofit unless the organization fired Eves as its next president.

But in a recent filing with First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Patrick Strawbridge, the governor’s attorney, says the dispute is inherently political - and should be settled that way.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The attorney for House Speaker Mark Eves is seeking an injunction against Gov. Paul LePaage, in Eves' appeal filed Wednesday with the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

The brief is an attempt to force the U.S. District Court to reconsider Eves' argument that the governor acted illegally when he threatened to withhold over $1 million in state funding to a private nonprofit unless the organization fired Eves as its president.

Maine House Speaker Mark Eves says he’s not discouraged after having his lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage dismissed by a federal judge. In fact, Eves says he’d consider taking the case — which alleges LePage abused his power and cost Eves a job as president of a charter school — to the highest court in the land, if necessary.

House Speaker Mark Eves has lost what may only be the first round in his legal battle with Gov. Paul LePage.

Federal judge George Singal has ruled against Eves in his lawsuit against LePage for the his interference in Eves’ job as president of the Good Will-Hinckley School. In his 44-page ruling Singal dismissed arguments that the governor had exceeded his discretion as the state’s chief executive.

A federal judge on Wednesday heard arguments in the lawsuit brought by Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves against Repubilcan Gov. Paul LePage.

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal judge in Maine is ready to hear arguments in a lawsuit in which Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves accuses Republican Gov. Paul LePage of abusing his authority.

The hearing on Wednesday focuses on the governor’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

Eves has accused LePage of violating his rights by pressuring a charter school operator into rescinding a job offer as political payback. He says the governor "blackmailed" Good Will-Hinckley in Fairfield by threatening to withhold state funds if it hired him.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage's lawyer says the court should dismiss a lawsuit House Speaker Mark Eves filed against LePage because the dispute may only be resolved by voters, not the courts.

The lawsuit accuses the Republican governor of violating the rights of Eves, a Democrat, by pressuring a charter school into rescinding a job offer. Eves said the governor "blackmailed'' the school by threatening to withhold state funds if it hired Eves as president.

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