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Small Maine communities reclaim their say over wind projects

By Darren Fishell on March 27, 2017, at 7:06 p.m.
A total of 39 Unorganized Territory communities have taken back the ability to nix wind power projects they don’t like.

Maine pols don’t want to disclose campaign contributors until after elections

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on March 27, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
Last year, candidates, PACs and ballot question campaigns disclosed more than $2.6 million of spending under what’s known as 24-hour reporting.
Students walk across the University of Maine through a 2017 spring snowstorm.

How Trump’s deep budget cuts might affect Maine universities

By Nick McCrea on March 27, 2017, at 4:38 p.m.
“We are concerned about the potential impact that cuts to federal agencies may have on UMaine academic, research and service programs.”
Bangor City Hall in August 2013.

Bangor City Council’s ethics watchdog group hasn’t investigated a violation in 20 years

By Danielle McLean on March 27, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.
“The reality of what ethics boards can do once they are set up is very limited. And that’s why you rarely see the ethics board do anything.”
President Donald Trump talks to journalists at the Oval Office of the White House after the health care bill was pulled before a vote, accompanied by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (L) and Vice President Mike Pence, in Washington, March 24, 2017.

White House looks past conservatives on tax reform

By Lindsay Dunsmuir and Doina Chiacu, Reuters on March 26, 2017, at 2:40 p.m.
The White House warned rebellious conservative lawmakers that they should get behind President Donald Trump’s agenda or he may bypass them on future legislative fights, including tax reform.
Carrie Lam waves during news conference after she won the election for Hong Kong's Chief Executive in Hong Kong, March 26, 2017.

Hong Kong elites elect China-backed candidate to lead city

By David Tweed and Natasha Khan, Bloomberg News on March 26, 2017, at 1:27 p.m.
Hong Kong’s former No. 2 official, Carrie Lam, was elected the city’s chief executive, giving China its preferred choice to lead the fractious financial hub.
Medals earned by former Army Staff Sgt. Peggy Dunlap of Waterboro.

Pingree pushes for medal to recognize Maine veterans who served during Cold War

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 26, 2017, at 10:49 a.m.
“It is not just a medal in my eyes,” former Army Staff Sgt. Peggy Dunlap said. “It is a way my country can show how much they appreciated my service to this great nation.”
Medical marijuana is shown in a jar in Seattle, Washington, Jan. 27, 2012.

Lawmakers have lots of ideas for spending proceeds from taxing pot sales

By Mal Leary on March 26, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
When recreational marijuana is available for retail sale in Maine sometime next year, it will generate an estimated $12 million per year in tax revenue.
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2017 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta, Feb. 7, 2017.

Why Maine lawmakers spend so much time on bills that have no chance

By Christopher Cousins on March 26, 2017, at 7:20 a.m.
For the sake of stability, the failure of bad ideas and the formation of consensus, democracy is supposed to be hard.

Proposal would bar Maine from charging minors with prostitution

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on March 25, 2017, at 12:43 p.m.
“These are the children in our community who need to be supported, not criminalized,” Destie Hohman Sprague of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault said.
Rep. David McCrea, D-Fort Fairfield, (second from right) and Sen. Michael Carpenter, D-Houlton, welcome members of the Fort Fairfield/Easton Amish community to the State House on Thursday, March 16. The Amish attended a public hearing that day to testify in support of legislation to allow them to wear red instead of orange during hunting season. Their national church group opposes wearing hunter orange due to its bright color.

Bill could let Amish Mainers wear red instead of orange when hunting

By Anthony Brino on March 25, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Rep. Dave McCrea, D-Fort Fairfield, wants to let Amish community members hunt wearing red rather than blaze orange in accordance with religious customs.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news conference after Republicans pulled  the American Health Care Act bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act act known as Obamacare, prior to a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 24, 2017.

Republicans pull health care legislation plan in blow to Trump

By Dustin Volz and David Lawder, Reuters on March 24, 2017, at 4:31 p.m.
House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan met with Trump at the White House before the bill was pulled from the House floor after hours of debate.
L-R: Dr. Connie Adler, Julie Schirmer, Rep. Anne Perry, Ed Saxby, Rev. Jill Saxby

Supporters Mark 7th Anniversary of Obamacare

By Marc Malon on March 24, 2017, at 10:43 a.m.
HE SAID IT RIGHT

It’s time someone took a stand against all this ‘free government money’

on March 24, 2017, at 5:59 a.m.
Washington borrowed over $1,800 for every American man, woman, and child to pay for its profligate spending. In a single year.
Mark Charette of Fort Kent, delivers home heating oil to a Fort Kent resident, Thursday, Dec. 1, during the season's first big snow event.

Bangor would be hardest-hit by Trump cuts to heating aid

By Darren Fishell on March 23, 2017, at 3:02 p.m.
Bangor, Lewiston and Skowhegan would get hit hardest by cuts to federal heating assistance in President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget.
POLL QUESTION
Governor Paul LePage attends a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March. LePage now backs the American Health Care Act and is urging Maine's senators to support it.

LePage now backs GOP health plan, urges support from King, Collins

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 23, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Earlier this month, LePage sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan which said of the bill, “early signs do not look encouraging.”

US Senate votes to overturn Obama broadband privacy rules

By David Shepardson, Reuters on March 23, 2017, at 2 p.m.
The vote was along party lines, with 50 Republicans approving the measure and 48 Democrats rejecting it.
An oil tanker in Casco Bay.

Bill to protect against Maine oil spills likely dead

By Jake Bleiberg on March 23, 2017, at 11:39 a.m.
A bill that would require ships transferring fuel in Maine waters to use protective devices meant to block the spread of oil in the case of a spill is likely dead.
MIKE TIPPING

Rep. Poliquin can’t hide from health care vote

on March 23, 2017, at 9:28 a.m.

Intelligence chair: ‘It’s possible’ Trump communications intercepted during transition

By Karoun Demirjian, The Washington Post on March 23, 2017, at 6:07 a.m.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes went to the White House on Wednesday afternoon to personally brief President Donald Trump about intelligence he says he has seen regarding surveillance of foreign nationals during the presidential transition.