Articles by Scott Thistle

The familiar 20th Century Fox logo flashes on the screen at the Bridgton Twin Drive-In in this September 2013 file photo.

Maine drive-in patrons fume over smoking ban

By Scott Thistle on June 03, 2016, at 4:38 p.m.
Efforts to comply with its state license to serve food and drinks have some Bridgton Twin Drive-In patrons taking to social media to complain.
David Boyer (left), head of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, and Scott Gagnon of the group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, faced off in a forum hosted by the Maine Law Federalist Society on April 20, 2015, in Portland.

Group intensifies effort to defeat marijuana legalization in Maine

By Scott Thistle on May 31, 2016, at 5 p.m.
A new coalition aimed at defeating a November ballot question that will ask Maine voters to make marijuana legal for recreational use is growing, according to a release from a coalition leader Tuesday.
A young boy being held by interpreter Abdi Momo has his blood drawn for lead testing at Lewiston B Street Clinic last Monday. Family Nurse Practitioner Shilo Mathieu distracts him while April Martin, a registered nurse, prepares the needle.

Lewiston-Auburn expands fight against poisoning from lead paint

By Scott Thistle on May 15, 2016, at 8:19 a.m.
A 2008 study by a former University of Maine economics professor estimated the damage from lead poisoning to children in the Pine Tree State exceeds $260 million a year.
Gov. Paul LePage talks during a town hall meeting in Belfast in this April 2015 file photo.

Fact check: LePage statements on right-to-work, income wrong

By Scott Thistle on May 06, 2016, at 8:02 p.m.
LePage made his inaccurate comments as he discussed his efforts to recruit the French aircraft manufacturer Airbus to Maine.
Carissa Tinker of Bar Harbor, a member of the Maine Student Action Network, center, along with over a dozen others, rose to her feet and pulled out signs during Wednesday night's town meeting at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Lewiston.

LePage shrugs off protests from ‘rich college kids’

By Scott Thistle on May 05, 2016, at 8:17 a.m.
LePage remained relatively composed and civil, even telling those in attendance he didn’t always disagree with rival Democrats and then hesitatingly offered praise to three well-known Democratic lawmakers.
Maine Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton.

With session’s end come gains and losses for Maine lawmakers

By Scott Thistle on May 01, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
Maine lawmakers were licking their wounds and notching their belts, taking stock of what they did and didn’t get done for their constituents while finishing up the second half of the 127th legislative session Friday.
Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls

Lawmaker’s call to stop recording Maine legislative committees thwarted

By Scott Thistle on April 28, 2016, at 5:59 p.m.
In what could be a blow to public access to Maine’s State House proceedings, Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon, is questioning whether legislative committee meetings should continue to be recorded and archived.
Rep. Bruce Poliquin asks questions of the staff at the Lewiston Vet Center during at a tour of the center in Lewiston last year.

Poliquin celebrates vote that may help Maine footwear maker

By Scott Thistle on April 28, 2016, at 3:18 p.m.
Members of the House Armed Services Committee voted unanimously to add language to the National Defense Authorization telling the Pentagon to issue American-made athletic footwear to its new recruits in the U.S. military services.
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the 23rd Annual Energy Trade and Technology Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, Nov. 13, 2015.

LePage apologizes for storming away from university event

By Scott Thistle on April 27, 2016, at 4:01 p.m.
After an abrupt departure from a dedication ceremony at the University of Maine at Farmington on Tuesday where he called two students “idiots,” Gov. Paul LePage apologized to the university’s president and former president on Wednesday.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks during the dedication of the University of Maine at Farmington Education Center on campus to former UMF President Theodora J. Kalikow on Tuesday before abruptly walking away in response to a protester's sign.

Maine student reacts to being called an idiot by LePage

By Scott Thistle on April 27, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
College freshman Ally Hammond, an Auburn native, said she was shocked a sign she held up Tuesday prompted Gov. Paul LePage to storm off, calling her and another student “idiots.”
Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston

Compromise moves state welfare abuse bill forward

By Scott Thistle on April 16, 2016, at 10:57 a.m.
“This bill finally gives Mainers what they’ve wanted,” Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, said.
Maine Department of Transportation workers clear a ditch along the southbound lane of Route 202 in Hampden on Sept. 11, 2013.

Lawmakers want voters to approve $150M in new borrowing

By Scott Thistle on April 15, 2016, at 5:02 p.m.
The Maine Legislature on Friday appeared poised to pass a pair of large bonding bills that would ask the state’s voters to borrow as much as $150 million in the next budget cycle.
 Jared Golden (left), D-Lewiston and Brad Farrin, R-Norridgewock, stand in the State House Hall of Flags on Thursday after a brief bill-signing ceremony with Gov. Paul LePage.

LePage signs bill designed to improve services for Maine veterans

By Scott Thistle on April 14, 2016, at 3:39 p.m.
The legislation provides tuition waivers for Guard members who are in good standing with their units and seeks to strengthen and modernize Maine’s Bureau of Veterans Services.
 Farmington police Chief Jack Peck offers his support for a bill being offered by state Sen. Tom Saviello (right), R-Wilton, that would expand the state's Medicaid program, MaineCare, on Feb. 23, 2016.

Medicaid expansion still lacks votes to overturn looming veto

By Scott Thistle on April 13, 2016, at 10:44 a.m.
By a single vote Tuesday night, Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, secured approval of his proposal to expand the state’s Medicaid system, MaineCare, by using federal funds to buy private insurance for the state’s poorest residents.
Two Bridges Regional Jail

Plan to bail out Maine jails with $2.4M clears early hurdle

By Scott Thistle on April 11, 2016, at 5:42 p.m.
A bill that would pump about $2.4 million to Maine’s county jails in 2016 easily cleared the House of Representatives.
Stavros Mendros speaks after the Lewiston casino failed at the polls in 2011.

Failed casino campaign paid $760,000 to former Maine GOP lawmaker

By Scott Thistle on April 08, 2016, at 11:32 a.m.
A Lewiston-based political consultant and former state lawmaker was paid more than $760,000 to collect voter signatures for a failed ballot question campaign to allow a southern Maine casino.
Speaker of the House Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, talks on the phone in the State House in Augusta, Jan. 14, 2016.

Legislative Democrats rip last-minute GOP spending plan

By Scott Thistle on April 08, 2016, at 7:26 a.m.
An 11th-hour House Republican supplemental budget and conditions attached to it met strong opposition from Democrats in the Maine Legislature late Thursday.
The State House in Augusta

Legislators ignore state law by meeting behind closed doors

By Scott Thistle on April 07, 2016, at 8:56 p.m.
The Maine Freedom of Access Act requires elected officials, including the Legislature, to conduct the public’s business in public.

Lack of oversight frustrates family of teen who died in hayride mishap

By Scott Thistle on April 06, 2016, at 1:45 p.m.
The family of an Oakland teen who died in a hayride mishap in 2014 said they were disappointed with the findings of a legislative working group that was created to examine ways to regulate farm amusement rides.
Maine State Fire Marshal Joe Thomas

Report: Maine can’t do much to ensure hayride safety

By Scott Thistle on April 05, 2016, at 3:09 p.m.
The working group was formed by the Legislature after the death of Cassidy Charette, a 17-year-old Oakland girl who died while riding on a wagon being towed behind a Jeep during a haunted hayride.