Articles by Steve Mistler

Ralph Tripp, 32, of Bangor and Maurice Gunn coordinate on a signature-gathering effort on a 2016 referendum for a York County casino outside the garage at Pickering Square in Bangor in January 2016.

House OKs bill tightening requirements for citizen-initiated ballot questions

By Steve Mistler on June 15, 2017, at 3:42 p.m.
The Legislature has taken the first step toward making it more difficult for citizen-initiated referendums to qualify for the ballot.
Sen. Angus King

King plans to grill Sessions on his role in Comey firing

By Steve Mistler on June 12, 2017, at 7:37 p.m.
At that point [the firing], he [Sessions] was supposed to be recused from this investigation, have nothing to do with it,” King said.
Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon, sponsored a bill that would repeal the ranked-choice voting law passed by voters in November.

Supporters urge Maine lawmakers to retain ranked-choice voting law

By Steve Mistler on June 02, 2017, at 3:05 p.m.
Kyle Bailey also said during a recent rally that politicians will defy the will of voters unless supporters of ranked choice “knock some sense into them.”
Members of the Maine House of Representatives sign their oaths during the first session of the 128th Legislature at the State House in Augusta, Feb. 7, 2016.

Maine House rejects anti-sanctuary city bill

By Steve Mistler on June 01, 2017, at 10:11 a.m.
A bill compelling Maine cities to act as extensions of federal immigration authorities has been rejected by the House of Representatives. The Democratic controlled House voted 77-59 against the bill in a preliminary vote.

Opponents say victims’ bill of rights could have unintended consequences

By Steve Mistler on May 14, 2017, at 3:21 p.m.
“To create constitutional rights for victims before the state has proven its case, is to negate the presumption of innocence.”
LePage did not appear persuaded by an audience member's comment that his math was wrong.

LePage doesn’t seem to understand education surcharge

By Steve Mistler on April 25, 2017, at 5:15 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage is under fire for his characterization of how a new 3 percent surcharge to fund education will affect wealthy Mainers.
Portland City Councilor Pious Ali speaks at a rally in Augusta on Thursday.

Hundreds gather at State House to protest bill punishing sanctuary cities

By Steve Mistler on April 20, 2017, at 7:03 p.m.
A new bill that would compel local governments and law enforcement to act as extensions of federal immigration authorities is hotly contested in Maine.

Maine House approves ‘Real ID’ bill allowing individuals to opt out

By Steve Mistler on April 11, 2017, at 5:50 p.m.
The House voted 115-30 on a bill that would comply with the Real ID law, while also allowing Mainers to individually opt out.
The Portland Jetport terminal in October 2015.

Maine airports want to unclog terminals by regulating Uber, Lyft

By Steve Mistler on April 08, 2017, at 12:40 p.m.
“We have to have rules to keep from having chaos in that we have a lot of people on a very small piece of property.”
Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, at the statehouse in Augusta in mid-March. Bill sponsored a bill to bring Maine in compliance with Real ID laws.

Maine Senate backs bill to implement Real ID compliance

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on April 06, 2017, at 5:17 p.m.
The Maine Senate has voted 31-4 on Thursday to endorse a bill that will make Maine comply with the federal Real ID law.