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Burnt Coat Harbor can be seen recently on Swan’s Island. The members of the Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative voted to sell the cooperative to Emera Maine.

Unplugging a way of life: Maine island eyes trading local control for cheaper electricity

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 30, 2016, at 6:40 a.m.
“That was really what people had to weigh: the cost versus the loss of control and loss of that on-island employment.”

See where Maine donors gave the most to Trump, Clinton

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 11 a.m.
With only six weeks left before voters hit the polls and pick the next president, patterns in campaign donations are making clearer the landscape of big support on each side of the aisle from Maine donors. What’s clear from overall donations is that most itemized donations to the presidential race went to Democrats. (Campaigns are required to …

Donald Trump does go after a lot of people on Twitter

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 26, 2016, at 10:29 p.m.
The Upshot tracks Donald Trump’s insults dished out on Twitter. There’s a lot there, but it’s only been updated through Aug. 22, it appears. Sad!

As Trump eyes CD2 vote, his message resonates with donors

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 26, 2016, at 10:16 p.m.
Donald Trump is far behind the money race in Maine, with less than $1 for every $9 raised from larger donors by the Clinton campaign. But that disparity is much larger in Maine’s 1st District, to the south. (Some ZIP codes span congressional districts, necessitating that pesky third category.) The figure bolster the case that Trump …

Can you guess which Maine towns gave the most to presidential candidates?

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 26, 2016, at 10 p.m.

On outsourcing, few Maine employers say they’ve gone abroad

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:40 p.m.
Outsourcing has come up again and again in discussing trade deals, but a new survey shows that the vast majority of Maine companies (and companies statewide) don’t outsource functions outside of the country. The figures come from new data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, called the survey of entrepreneurs, showing a ton of demographic data about U.S. employers. …

Can you guess which Maine towns gave the most to presidential candidates?

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:30 p.m.

On jobs, Maine’s feeling the pain of a changing economy

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:12 p.m.
The debate opened with the candidates making their case for why their plans are better for the economy and Maine is particularly hard hit. Earlier this year, I analyzed the types of jobs that Maine has gained and lost, finding lost paper jobs were among the best paying industries with the highest losses: Paper …

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:05 p.m.
Where the candidates have raised the most $$ in Maine. #debatenight in our live-blog: https://t.co/NSRUDjXPa0 pic.twitter.com/J3I3R2BLm3 — Darren Fishell (@darrenfishell) September 27, 2016 Story continues below advertisement.

Can you guess which Maine towns gave the most to presidential candidates?

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9 p.m.

Explore Maine donations to the presidential candidates

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:57 p.m.
The numbers from August are in. See where each candidate raised the most in itemized contributions (over $200) in Maine. For Libertarian Gary Johnson, it’s an interesting map.

Quiz time: Where did presidential candidates raise the most in Maine?

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:52 p.m.
Waiting for the debate to start with the rest of us? Take our quiz on where candidates raised the most money in Maine — we’ll have more information to explore (and spoilers) in a moment. Link directly to to the quiz here.

Can you guess which Maine towns gave the most to presidential candidates?

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:30 p.m.

Can you guess which Maine towns gave the most to presidential candidates?

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8 p.m.
A May 21, 2015, rally for immigrants rights was organized by the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition and had more than 40 other community organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic and the African Immigrant Association participating.

Report: To prosper, Maine must hire more immigrants

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 22, 2016, at 4 p.m.
“In the long run,” the report states, “we need to forge consensus around the importance of new Mainers in growing our workforce and economy.”
The driver of a westbound logging truck on Route 9 in Eddington.

Paper mills are closing, but Maine’s economy still relies on logging

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 19, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Maine relies more on the logging industry for jobs than any other place in the country.
Bath Iron Works' largest crane towers over the shipyard in Bath.

Bath Iron Works’ pain will be felt all over Maine

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 16, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.
Maine’s economy depends more heavily on ship and boat building employment than any other state.
Children from Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School bring boxes of soap and other hygiene products Thursday to the storage area for the Soap Closet, a group that is working to help low-income folks have access to items they need to care for themselves, in this March 2013 file photo.

Nation’s poverty rate drops, but Maine’s does not

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 15, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
The percentage of people living in poverty in neighboring New Hampshire and Vermont fell with the national rate last year, but in Maine, the trend is essentially flat.
These telephone wires on Monhegan Island were taken down during a Nov. 1, 2014m ice storm and as of Dec. 19, 2014, were still on the road. Fairpoint workers had placed sheets of plywood over the wires so they could be driven on but did not immediately returned to replace two damaged telephone poles.

FairPoint faces $500,000 fine for missing service mark in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 15, 2016, at 3:58 p.m.
Maine telecommunications regulators want FairPoint Communications to pay a $500,000 fine.

Regulators consider natural gas storage in Brewer or Rumford

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 13, 2016, at 6:31 p.m.
Utilities regulators on Tuesday opened the door to proposals for new natural gas storage facilities in the state, as one company already eyes sites in Brewer and Rumford.