Articles by Darren Fishell

 
Michael Liberty

How illegal campaign donations deepened the downfall of a Maine-made mogul

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 02, 2016, at 1:39 p.m.
The possibility of jail comes at an already difficult time for Michael Liberty.

Electricity prices to drop in Greater Bangor, rise in southern Maine

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 30, 2016, at 5:58 p.m.
Most power customers in Emera Maine’s Bangor Hydro district will see the unit price of electricity drop next year, while Central Maine Power customers will pay more.
A Christmas wreath adorns the large-than-life-sized L.L. Bean boot set beside the rear entrance to the retailer's flagship store on Main Street in Freeport.

Here’s why Maine makes most stores close on Thanksgiving, but not others

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 20, 2016, at 7:12 a.m.
Once again, Maine’s historically religious Blue Law will ban large retailers from opening on Thanksgiving Day, preventing many stores from meeting demand for last-minute food shopping or opening early for Black Friday sales.
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Ex-customers sue Electricity Maine for $35M, claim company defrauded thousands

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 18, 2016, at 6:02 p.m.
Ben Donahue, a Portland attorney for the plaintiffs, said the hope is to recover “as much [of the $35 million] as we can for Maine consumers.”

Mainers spent $50 million they didn’t need to on electricity

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 18, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
Turbines on Heifer Hill that are part of the Bull Hill Wind Project put up by First Wind in Township 16 in Hancock County.

Maine court rejects Emera deal but sidesteps energy market conflicts

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 17, 2016, at 6:40 p.m.
The Maine supreme court overturned regulators’ approval of the $333 million joint venture among electric utility Emera Inc., wind developer First Wind, and Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp.
Patrick Woodcock speaks at the Caribou Inn & Convention Center, March 16, 2016.

LePage’s energy director leaving post in December

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 16, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
Patrick Woodcock, the director of Gov. Paul LePage’s Energy Office, is stepping down from the position in December.

Mainers spent $50 million they didn’t need to on electricity

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 16, 2016, at 8:37 a.m.
Maine households have unnecessarily spent about $50 million on electricity over the past four years, through a controversial competitive market that purported to offer savings.
POLL QUESTION
A view of the surrounding hills from a parcel of commercial forestland purchased by Tall Timbers Trust LLC in a package of more than 290,000 acres in the North Maine Woods.

Buyers of North Woods lands hopeful about future of Maine forest products

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 13, 2016, at 7:16 a.m.
The private family trust buying up massive tracts of Maine’s North Woods views the acquisitions as long-term investments in the evolution of the state’s forest products industry.
Jeff Hodgdon puts a sign out on the sidewalk as the polls open at the Portland Expo at 7 a.m. on Tuesday in Portland. About a hundred people waited in line.

Here’s how Portland threw its weight around on Election Day

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 10, 2016, at 3:55 p.m.
Voters in Maine’s largest city put two ballot measures over the top Tuesday.
Nick Murray pins a sign to a wall at the Yes on 1 election night headquarters in Portland on Tuesday night.

Pot, guns and money: What these three votes say about Maine

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 10, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
Maine voters on Tuesday showed a continuing penchant for making decisions outside the logic of political partisanship.

Maine lights up red for Trump, everywhere but the coast and Bangor

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 09, 2016, at 3:02 p.m.
Republican President-elect Donald Trump claimed much of Maine as his Tuesday.
POLL QUESTION
Nick Murray pins a sign to a wall at the Yes on 1 election night headquarters in Portland on Tuesday night.

Maine voters narrowly endorse legal marijuana, but opponents weigh recount

By Darren Fishell and Michael Shepherd on Nov. 09, 2016, at 3:04 a.m.
Maine will join Massachusetts in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, becoming one of two first eastern states in the country to open its doors to the multimillion-dollar industry.
Business owners back the minimum wage referendum during a press conference at Fork and Spoon in Bangor in this June 2016 file photo.

Maine votes to raise minimum hourly wage to $9 next year, $12 in 2020

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 09, 2016, at 1:37 a.m.
Maine voters decided to raise the state’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009, bumping it to $9 per hour next year, from $7.50, and to $12 by 2020 as part of a national push by progressive groups.

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 08, 2016, at 11:12 p.m.

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 08, 2016, at 7:56 p.m.
THE LEVEL

Traders are putting money on Maine’s elections. They think legal pot and a higher minimum wage will pass.

on Nov. 07, 2016, at 12:06 p.m.
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event on Friday in Wilmington, Ohio.

Money race shows a split that could give Trump a Maine electoral vote

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 06, 2016, at 7 a.m.
The money race is no predictor of how the election will turn out. But it supports relatively scant polling indicating Trump’s improving chances at picking up an electoral vote in Maine.
Despite misty conditions, a handful of skiers and snowboarders hit the trails on March 28 at Sunday River in Newry.

Sunday River, Sugarloaf sold as land investors cash out

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 03, 2016, at 2:14 p.m.
A view of the surrounding hills from a parcel of commercial forestland purchased by Tall Timber Trust in a package of more than 290,000 acres in the North Maine Woods.

The major North Woods land buy has ties to Subway’s founder

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 03, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
The trust that bought 300,000 acres of Maine’s North Woods has ties to a nonprofit started by the family of Subway co-founder Peter Buck, a longtime philanthropist and South Portland native.