Articles by Scott Thistle
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.