Articles by Scott Thistle

Rep. Larry Dunphy, I-Embden

AARP urges Maine lawmakers to be wary of phone deregulation

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 26, 2016, at 10:59 a.m.
The 25 communities identified in the legislation include Lewiston, Auburn Bangor, Portland, South Portland, Brunswick, Augusta, Bath and Freeport.
Legislation stemming from a request to Gov. LePage from Brewer third-graders to make the lobster the official “state crustacean” was put on a slow boil by lawmakers on Thursday.

Lobster law, spurred by Brewer students, hits snag

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 25, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
The legislation, offered by Republican Gov. Paul LePage and sponsored by Rep. Peter Lyford, R-Eddington, stemmed from a request to LePage from Brewer third-graders.
Farmington police Chief Jack Peck offers his support for a bill being offered by state Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton (right) that would expand the state's Medicaid program, MaineCare.

New drive to expand MaineCare eligibility begins

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 23, 2016, at 12:02 p.m.
Saying Maine should use available federal funds to help combat its opioid addiction crisis, Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, launched the latest push to expand the state’s Medicaid program, MaineCare.
A State House, Legislature, Senate June 2015 file photo.

Tax conformity continues to stymie Maine lawmakers

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 22, 2016, at 3:51 p.m.
Lawmakers are in the midst of an election-year struggle over a bill that pits pro-business Republicans against pro-education Democrats.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

LePage: Obama should nominate Scalia successor

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 18, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
“I’m a big constitutionalist,” Gov. Paul LePage said. “If it’s in the Constitution, I think it means something.”
Rep. Peggy Rotundo

Veteran Maine lawmaker Peggy Rotundo won’t run in 2016

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 15, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Rotundo, who is serving her 16th year in the Legislature, said she would not attempt to run for a Maine Senate seat, the only option available to her had she wanted to continue to serve in the next Legislature.
The Wellness Connection of Maine in Brewer

Maine legislative panel plants seeds to help medical marijuana thrive

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 11, 2016, at 11 a.m.
A legislative committee unanimously approved a bill that would give immunity from state law to hospitals that allow nonsmoking marijuana for patients who need it. The bill also defines in law what incidental marijuana is.
Gov. Paul LePage smiles in Augusta after swearing in House members, Dec. 3, 2014.

LePage says he’ll speak for Maine education department

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 11, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
“I will be the commissioner,” LePage said.
Rep. Jeff Timberlake, R-Turner, speaks in Augusta, Nov. 7, 2014.

Maine legislators keep bickering over tax code fix

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 10, 2016, at 9:20 a.m.
The bill will go to the Senate, where Republicans hold the majority and appear unlikely to approve the House version of the tax conformity legislation.
Harvey Lembo of Rockland said he bought a gun after his apartment at the Park Street Apartments in Rockland was broken into for the fourth time.

Maine bill aims to prevent gun bans for public housing tenants

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 03, 2016, at 4:04 p.m.
The plight of a disabled Rockland man who shot an alleged intruder in his apartment last August has prompted legislation that would prohibit gun bans in publicly subsidized housing.
Marisa Nadeau and her two youngest boys, James (left) and Joshua, who were diagnosed with lead poisoning from their home in Hallowell.

Maine lags in implementing tougher lead poisoning law

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 01, 2016, at 5 p.m.
A new state lead-poisoning standard passed into law in 2015 is sitting in limbo, according to lawmakers and advocates who say Maine should move quickly on the change to more readily protect children from exposure to the neurotoxin.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie raises Gov. Paul LePage's hand at a Republican rally in Portland in November 2014.

LePage stumps for Chris Christie in Iowa

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 01, 2016, at 2:48 p.m.
Christie offered his support to the Maine governor during LePage’s 2014 successful re-election campaign.
Jared Golden

Report: Maine’s state veterans agency is ‘dramatically underfunded’

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 29, 2016, at 2:39 p.m.
A new report released Friday recommends expanding and revamping Maine’s Bureau of Veterans Services to better serve the state’s estimated 140,000 military veterans.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage, center, made a full-on sales pitch for consolidating Lewiston and Auburn into one city during a lunchtime meeting with the mayors of both cities Wednesday at Simones' Hot Dog Stand. LePage met with Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte, left and Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald, right.

LePage suggests Lewiston, Auburn merge into one city

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 27, 2016, at 3:19 p.m.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage made a full-on sales pitch for consolidating Lewiston and Auburn into one city during a lunchtime meeting with the mayors of both cities Wednesday.
Rep. Ben Chipman, D-Portland

Lawmakers accuse LePage of lying about 2013 meeting

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 21, 2016, at 5:27 p.m.
A pair of state representatives who led the failed attempt to bring impeachment proceedings against Republican Gov. Paul LePage attacked LePage on Thursday, saying he is now lying about a meeting they had with him three years ago.
Nathan Lewis (left) helps Aaron Hughes apply a stencil to a piece of paper made out of shredded military uniforms as part of the Combat Paper group, a veteran-run arts project, held at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle. Around 30 veterans from around the United States transformed military uniforms into sheets of paper where they created different forms of art in May of 2015.

Maine in line to be first state with annual veterans arts day

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 21, 2016, at 8:39 a.m.
“PTSD will never go away, but we can hold it at bay with the arts and the humanities,” novelist and Army veteran Jeff Davis said.
Brenda Kielty

Report: More Mainers ask for help to see public records

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 20, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
Maine people are interested in what their governments are up to.
Sen. Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport

Maine Senate president aims to cap electric rates

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 19, 2016, at 9:41 a.m.
An effort to cap electric rates in Maine at 10 cents per kilowatt hour or less likely will go to a vote by the Legislature’s Energy Committee on Tuesday.
David McKenzie, 40, of Bangor signs a petition outside the garage at Pickering Square in Bangor on Wednesday for a 2016 referendum question to allow a casino in York County. "I think it's a good idea," he said. "It brings in money. And — I don't know how else to say this — I like gambling."

Maine casino backers spend heavily on signature gathering

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 15, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
A Lewiston political operative is again at the center of a campaign that’s seeking to bring another casino to Maine, this time to York County.
Rep. Craig Hickman

Maine lawmaker, LePage met privately after ‘white girl’ uproar

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 12, 2016, at 4:12 p.m.
The only African-American lawmaker serving in the Maine Legislature said Tuesday he met with Gov. Paul LePage to discuss controversial comments the governor made last week.