Articles by Scott Thistle

Rep. Lori Fowle

Maine lawmakers consider faster ‘revenge porn’ protection

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 11, 2016, at 6:17 p.m.
A bill that makes it easier for a victim of “revenge porn” to more quickly get a protection from abuse order against an alleged perpetrator gained support Monday from a range of organizations that help victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse.
Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason

Environmentalists question bill designed to cut business energy costs

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 08, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
A bill meant to help reduce the cost of electricity for Maine businesses received a mixed review Thursday before the Legislature’s Energy Committee.
A trigger lock is placed on a gun seen June 25, 2014, at the Bangor barracks of the Maine State Police.

Maine group nears signature goal for gun background check referendum

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 07, 2016, at 3:09 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage and Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, sign papers to start the Republican governor’s second term during inaugural ceremonies at the Augusta Civic Center on Jan. 7, 2015. After a year in which the two sparred over the budget and definition of adjournment, among other matters, they met Wednesday in what both labeled a “positive” exchange on the first day of the 127th Legislature’s second session.

LePage, lawmakers find rare harmony as new session opens

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 06, 2016, at 6:34 p.m.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said they wanted to stay focused on other matters as the session opened Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (left) looks toward U.S. President Barack Obama during a meeting with top law enforcement officials to discuss what executive actions he can take to curb gun violence, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington January 4, 2016.

Maine Republicans rip Obama’s new gun control plans

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 04, 2016, at 5:58 p.m.
Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton

Addiction care at heart of latest push for Maine Medicaid expansion

By Scott Thistle on Dec. 28, 2015, at 2:34 p.m.
A pair of Republican state senators is again proposing legislation to expand Maine’s Medicaid eligibility.

Maine weighs how to address drivers impaired by marijuana

By Scott Thistle on Dec. 27, 2015, at 11:21 a.m.
A growing body of research on the impact of marijuana use and motor vehicle accidents, including fatal crashes, suggests marijuana-related fatalities are on the rise.
Stavros Mendros

Stavros Mendros ousted as Androscoggin GOP chair after dust-up over missing funds

By Scott Thistle on Dec. 18, 2015, at 7:15 p.m.
In the wake of a scandal involving $8,000 in missing cash, the Androscoggin County Republican Committee during a private meeting Thursday voted to remove its chairman, Stavros Mendros of Lewiston.
Cannabis can be seen at the Home Grown Maine Medical Marijuana Trade Show at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor in this April 2014 file photo. A legislative working group set up to make recommendations on how Maine should regulate drivers who use marijuana offered a divided report to lawmakers Tuesday.

Group splits on how Maine would define pot users’ OUI

By Scott Thistle on Dec. 15, 2015, at 2:08 p.m.
A legislative working group set up to make recommendations on how Maine should regulate drivers who use marijuana offered a divided report to lawmakers Tuesday.
Troy Ripley posted his land that shares a border with land owned by Stephen Bean. Ripley has had issues with Bean using Ripley's side of the border as an outdoor latrine.

Father of Maine shooting victim laments hunting reform roadblocks

By Scott Thistle on Dec. 07, 2015, at 12:22 p.m.
Troy Ripley, 52, whose daughter Megan was shot and killed by a hunter in 2006, lives with the reality that efforts to strengthen landowner rights and public safety laws since her death have had little impact when it comes to hunting on private land in Maine.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Poliquin, Collins, King differ on response to terror attacks

By Scott Thistle on Nov. 20, 2015, at 4:55 p.m.
Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis

Penobscot chief: Relations with state hit all-time low

By Scott Thistle on Nov. 19, 2015, at 5:31 p.m.
The chief of Maine’s largest American Indian tribe said Thursday its relationship with state government was at an all-time low.
Lewiston mayoral candidate Ben Chin greets supporters at She Doesn't Like Guthries in Lewiston on Nov. 3 after learning there will be a run-off election between Chin and current Lewiston mayor Robert Macdonald in December.

Republicans war over ‘asinine’ attack on Lewiston candidate

By Scott Thistle on Nov. 13, 2015, at 6:27 a.m.
Lance Dutson, formerly of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, called the attack “one of the lowest and stupidest things ever done in Maine politics.”
Gov. Paul LePage answers a question from the audience during a town hall meeting at Central Maine Community College in Auburn on Wednesday.

LePage reiterates issues he sees as critical to state, takes jab at press

By Scott Thistle on Oct. 22, 2015, at 8:29 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage touched on several issues he considers critical to the state’s future, which include continuing to lower the state’s income tax, reduce the cost of energy, reform welfare programs and lower the cost of higher education.
The State House shines through the fog June 16, 2015.

Legislative staff pay, benefits not listed in public database

By Scott Thistle on Oct. 20, 2015, at 8:22 a.m.
State employees working for the Maine Legislature have had their salary and benefits information shielded from a state-operated, public database that provides the same information on all other state workers.
Lance Libby (from left), Adrienne Bennett and Peter Steele of the governor's office carry 65 veto letters up to the Legislature at the State House on July 16 in Augusta.

Maine’s top executive, legislative staff better paid than counterparts in northern New England

By Scott Thistle on Oct. 19, 2015, at 11:14 a.m.
Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck

Portland police chief: New concealed carry law endangers officers, public

By Scott Thistle on Oct. 14, 2015, at 4:16 p.m.
The police chief for Maine’s largest city said Wednesday a change in state law that will allow citizens to carry a concealed handgun without a permit in public will make the state more dangerous.
Gov. Paul LePage answers a question from the audience during the town hall meeting on Tuesday at The Green Ladle in Lewiston.

In Lewiston, LePage again blasts legislators, southern Mainers

By Scott Thistle on Oct. 13, 2015, at 9:45 p.m.
“Ultimately, if we don’t change it, we are going to become extinct,” Gov. Paul LePage said. “That’s a simple fact of life.”
Rep. Bruce Poliquin asks questions of the staff at the Lewiston Vet Center during at a tour of the center on Tuesday in Lewiston. The tour follows concerns that the center did not have enough counselors on staff.

Poliquin presses VA to fill vacancies at Maine service centers

By Scott Thistle on Oct. 13, 2015, at 4:13 p.m.
Dick Woodbury

Maine group launching campaign for ranked-choice voting

By Scott Thistle on Oct. 12, 2015, at 5:26 p.m.