Politics

 
President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a rally as part of his "Thank You Tour 2016" in Cincinnati, Dec. 1, 2016.

Trump warns that companies that offshore jobs will face 35 percent tariff

By Ylan Q. Mui, The Washington Post on Dec. 04, 2016, at 2:29 p.m.
Trump declared that he intends to incentivize businesses to stay in America by lowering corporate taxes and slashing regulations, two key components of his economic agenda.
Students march on downtown Los Angeles after walking out of class on Nov. 14, 2016. Demonstrators demanded local politicians to declare Los Angeles County a sanctuary.

Will small ‘sanctuary cities’ defy a Trump crackdown?

By Tim Henderson, Stateline.org on Dec. 04, 2016, at 9:58 a.m.
Smaller cities that ignore requests from federal authorities to detain undocumented immigrants, but don’t see themselves as sanctuaries, may find themselves vulnerable to threats to withhold federal money from them if they do not cooperate.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein speaks to students at the University of Maine in Orono during a campaign stop. Stein vowed on Saturday to bring her fight for a recount in Pennsylvania into federal court after a state judge ordered her campaign to post a $1 million bond.

Jill Stein vows to take Pennsylvania recount fight into federal court

By David DeKok, Reuters on Dec. 04, 2016, at 8:29 a.m.
Stein said she planned to announce “the next step” in the recount effort Monday at a previously scheduled news conference at Trump Tower in New York City.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a USA Thank You Tour event at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 1, 2016.

Trump picks Mattis for Defense, talks with foreign leaders

By Emily Stephenson, Reuters on Dec. 03, 2016, at 7:53 a.m.
Trump is still weighing whom to choose as secretary of state.
A person signs a petition that is related to "An Act to Allow Slot Mchines or a Casino in York County" on Oct. 19 in Bangor.

After flurry of campaigns, Maine lawmakers will consider restricting citizen initiatives

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 03, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Some lawmakers are looking to raise the bar to get questions on the ballot, which now requires signatures equaling the number of 10 percent of voters in the past gubernatorial election — or about 61,000 now. But it will face opposition from some Democrats and activists.
President-elect Donald Trump walks off his plane upon his arrival in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday.

Trump’s welfare policies could look a lot like Maine’s

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on Dec. 02, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
The president of the Foundation for Government Accountability is confident that policies enacted in Maine and other states can help convince the new guard in Washington to enact bold welfare changes at the federal level.
Sen. Susan Collins

The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

By Targeted News Service on Dec. 02, 2016, at 3:16 p.m.
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence hold a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 1, 2016 as part of their "USA Thank You Tour 2016."

Trump warns of consequences for U.S. firms sending jobs abroad

By Emily Stephenson, Reuters on Dec. 02, 2016, at 7:21 a.m.
Trump also did not address whether Carrier’s parent company would face any consequences for continuing with plans to move 1,300 other Indiana jobs to Mexico.
HE SAID IT RIGHT

We don’t have to look far for elections that are really rigged

on Dec. 02, 2016, at 6:11 a.m.
In 2008, Fidel Castro was re-elected with over 98 percent of the vote
MIKE TIPPING

Liberty-linked contributions to Gov. LePage raise questions

on Dec. 02, 2016, at 5:30 a.m.
MIKE TIPPING

Liberty-linked contributions to Gov. LePage raise questions

on Dec. 02, 2016, at 5:30 a.m.
The New Balance manufacturing facility can be seen Nov. 17 in Norridgewock.

Defense spending bill renews New Balance’s chances of selling sneakers to military

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 01, 2016, at 4:15 p.m.
New Balance could get another crack at making shoes for the U.S. military after federal lawmakers decided to include an American-made requirement in the final version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
Gov. Paul LePage

Without evidence, LePage tells lawmakers he can’t attest to election tallies

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 01, 2016, at 2:11 p.m.
“I think the integrity of the election is absolutely not in question,” Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said. “I’ve asserted that a hundred times, and I’ll assert it another hundred times.”
LEFTBRAINRIGHTBRAIN

A long, messy, healthy list of Democratic prospects for governor in 2018

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 1:10 p.m.
No one stands out as a clear powerhouse, but eight years ago, no one thought much of Paul LePage either.
POLL QUESTION
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, speaks in July at the University of Maine in Orono.

King to Obama: Declassify intelligence on Russia’s influence on the election

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 01, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
“This isn’t about Donald Trump’s election or Hillary Clinton’s defeat,” U.S. Sen. Angus King said. “This is about an extraordinary, bold, aggressive movement by a foreign country to influence our elections.”
STATE & CAPITOL

Riverview vote casts early cloud over bipartisanship in the new Legislature

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
Sen. Angus King listens as Bucksport officials discuss the potential redevelopment of the former Verso Paper mill in Bucksport recently.

Angus King, other senators ask Obama to declassify information on Russia and the election

By Craig Timberg, The Washington Post on Nov. 30, 2016, at 10:05 p.m.
Congressional negotiators approved an initiative to track and combat foreign propaganda amid growing concerns that Russian efforts to spread “fake news” threaten U.S. national security.
RETHINKING EDUCATION

Do you wonder how to help the New Mainers? Attend the 2016 global awareness and responsibility conference

on Nov. 30, 2016, at 10:03 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage

Using rare vote, Democratic leaders block LePage’s $3M plan for Riverview

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 30, 2016, at 4:41 p.m.
Construction of a crucial forensic psychiatric unit in Augusta was dealt a blow by Democratic legislative leaders who, using an oft-overlooked oversight power, voted against Gov. Paul LePage’s administration’s plan.
U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi reacts as she arrives to speak to reporters after she was re-elected to her post on Wednesday, despite a challenge from Rust Belt congressman Tim Ryan who said the party needed new leadership, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 30, 2016.

Nancy Pelosi beats back challenge, is chosen as House Democratic leader

By Paul Kane and Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post on Nov. 30, 2016, at 2:04 p.m.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday won the race to lead the Democratic caucus for an eighth term, prevailing in a contest that became a vote of confidence in her continued stewardship and an early proxy battle over the future of the Democratic Party.