President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 30, 2017.

Trump’s tweets hide the real problem: his faltering administration

on July 05, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
Trump isn’t, and never will be, up to the job of leading the United States.
The Collection, a painting by Barbara Ernst Prey, was painted in Maine.

Happy Independence Day

on July 03, 2017, at 11:39 a.m.
Two-hundred-forty-one years ago, representatives in the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and adopted their Declaration of Independence.
House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (right), R-Newport,  watches as votes come in on a vote board during the House of Representatives vote on the state budget at the Maine State House in Augusta. Lawmakers are scurrying to avoid a state government shutdown.

Maine’s unnecessary government shutdown can end with compromise, not extortion

on July 01, 2017, at 2:17 p.m.
A budget agreement is within reach, but only if the ultimatums and threats from LePage and House Republican leaders are replaced with a commitment to serve Maine people.
House Majority Leader Erin Herbig (right), D-Belfast, turns to speak to other representatives during the first session of the 128th Legislature.

Fund group homes so Maine doesn’t abandon people with disabilities

on July 01, 2017, at 11:09 a.m.
Just in the past year, 24 group homes have closed, leaving 69 people with disabilities displaced. In the next six months, another 12 homes are expecting to close, bringing the total number of people with disabilities displaced up to 109.
A generic version of Suboxone sits on the shelf at Community Pharmacies in Gorham, March 16, 2015.

Maine’s health care providers have a chance to save lives lost to opioids. It’s time they seize it.

on June 30, 2017, at 11:41 a.m.
Given the magnitude of the problem, a more consistent and effective approach is needed. This starts with doing more of what we know works.
Gov. Paul LePage

There are no winners in a government shutdown. That’s why Maine needs to avoid it.

on June 29, 2017, at 2:45 p.m.
A shutdown is not theoretical. It is breakdown of the compact between Maine people and their elected officials that would result in real harm to real people.
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Senate Republicans about healthcare in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 27, 2017. Trump is flanked by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

Collins sets the right standard for Senate health care bill

on June 28, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.
Susan Collins has the right solution — fix the flaws in the Affordable Care Act.
Gov. Paul LePage

To reach a budget deal, Maine needs leadership from LePage, not a game of chicken

on June 27, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Instead of barreling toward a shutdown, it is past time for true leaders to put aside their wishlist and to compromise on a budget that keeps Maine open, for business, for all.
Former Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew.

LePage administration should tell Mainers what it plans to do with $34.5M it shifted from TANF

on June 26, 2017, at 2:19 p.m.
The LePage administration and DHHS owe taxpayers an explanation about what they are doing with tens millions of public dollars that are, so far, unaccounted for.
A Bangor man enjoys a cigarette during his smoke break.

Smoking has become a habit of the poor, raising the importance of public health work in Maine

on June 24, 2017, at 8:27 a.m.
There’s good news about smoking rates in Maine and the U.S. Overall, they have dropped significantly over recent decades. Except among the poor.
Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, written ''ER'' to make the poster read "Meaner'' during his press conference on the Senate Republicans' health care bill with Sen. Patty Murray, and Sen. Ron Wyden, in the Capitol on June 22, 2017.

Without changes, Senate health care bill must be rejected

on June 23, 2017, at 5:48 a.m.
The measure of the Senate bill isn’t whether it is better than the House Republican version. It is whether it is better than the Affordable Care Act it would replace. It fails this test.
On June 14, 2017, Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill into law to allow a panel to better understand the reasons behind infant deaths in Maine.

Now the important work can begin to cut the number of Maine’s infant deaths

on June 22, 2017, at 11:59 a.m.
It’s rare to find Gov. Paul LePage, the Maine Legislature and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services all on the same page. But that’s exactly what happened recently when LePage signed a bill into law — supported wholeheartedly by DHHS and lawmakers — to allow a panel to better understand the reasons behind infant deaths in Maine.
A sign from the annual Bangor pride parade in June 2016.

Ryan O’Callaghan’s story shines light on cruelty of anti-LGBT laws

on June 21, 2017, at 11:46 a.m.
Cruel initiatives meant to dehumanize LGBT Americans, to intensify their self doubt and drive them back into the closet, are morally reprehensible — and they can have deadly consequences. They should have no place in America.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, speaks about the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement to Obamacare, at the Republican National Committee in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2017.

Uncertainty, not the Affordable Care Act, is driving up insurance rates

on June 20, 2017, at 12:59 p.m.
Republicans, including President Donald Trump, are working overtime to kill the Affordable Care Act. Not just in Congress but also in the real world, where insurance companies are raising rates and slowly leaving the ACA. They aren’t raising rates or abandoning the ACA because it is unworkable or “a disaster,” as the president calls it.
Senate President Mike Thibodeau, House Speaker Sara Gideon and Gov. Paul LePage.

Let’s be clear: Eliminating Maine’s education surtax is a tax cut for the wealthy

on June 19, 2017, at 2:10 p.m.
The 3 percent surtax, on annual income above $200,000, was approved by voters in November as a means of increasing state funding of K-12 education. It is state law.
If you’ve been on the internet in the past couple of days, you’ve likely seen the story of how 21-year-old Rachel Borch fought off a rabid raccoon with her bare hands, a battle she ended up winning after drowning it in a puddle.

Woman attacked by rabid raccoon unwittingly brings out the best of Maine

on June 17, 2017, at 7:36 a.m.
Borch’s story captivated the nation, and it’s a perfect example of how interesting it is to live in Maine.
The Maine State Prison in Warren

Prisons are largely unaccountable under LePage. Lawmakers can respond by strengthening oversight.

on June 16, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
In March, Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick put the administrator of the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland on leave without explanation.
Literary support specialist Ellen Lewis works with students in an entry hall at Harrison Lyseth Elementary School in Portland in September 2016.

Maine’s budget doesn’t have to pit schools against health and human services

on June 15, 2017, at 2:48 p.m.
Technically, this means that Democratic leadership and Senate Republican leadership are only $25 million apart, a tiny number in a two-year budget that will total close to $7 billion.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rushing a health insurance overhaul bill through the Senate.

The three pillars of Republican health care reform: sabotage, speed, secrecy

on June 14, 2017, at 9:41 a.m.
Secrecy breeds suspicion, so there is good reason to be very suspicious of a health care bill crafted by the Senate’s Republican leaders.
A scenic view at the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Visit should convince interior secretary that monument is welcome addition to Maine, America

on June 13, 2017, at 11:29 a.m.
Zinke must meet with local business owners and residents, who will explain that the monument has already had a tangible positive impact on the Katahdin region.