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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.
An attorney for the Maine Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday asked representatives of Stored Solar, which operates a biomass energy generator in West Enfield, to respond to allegations that it has not been paying loggers for wood products used to generate energy.

Biomass firm asked to explain financial status after loggers say they were not paid

By Darren Fishell on March 22, 2017, at 7:35 p.m.
Regulators have asked a company receiving state subsidies to explain why loggers supplying the plants report not being paid in more than a month.
Human rights advocate Zainah Anwar of Malaysia will deliver the University of Maine School of Law's sixth annual Justice for Women Lecture, "What Islam, Whose Islam? The Struggle for Women's Right to Equality and Justice in Muslim Contexts," Thursday at the Abromson Community Education Center. On Tuesday, Anwar spoke to students at Deering High School.

Global rights activist in Maine: Trump, Muslim extremists use same strategy

By Beth Brogan on March 22, 2017, at 4:43 p.m.
“There’s a lot of change going on in the Muslim world — new scholarship that upholds equality and justice and the possibility of reform.”
Mark Haskell rides his personal watercraft on Lake St. George in Liberty in July 2005.

This man has spent a decade trying to overturn Liberty’s Jet Ski ban

By Nick McCrea on March 22, 2017, at 3:43 p.m.
Liberty residents will be asked whether they want to lift a ban on Jet Skis during the town’s annual meeting on Saturday, March 25.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) in 2012

ProPublica fact-checked lawmakers’ letters to constituents on health care

By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica on March 22, 2017, at 3:20 p.m.
A review of more than 200 such letters by ProPublica and its partners at Kaiser Health News, Stat and Vox, found dozens of errors and mischaracterizations about the ACA and its proposed replacement.

Hackers attack website used to look for jobs in Maine

By Darren Fishell on March 22, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
The Kansas-based contractor that runs Maine’s JobLink website reported a hacker viewed names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of job seekers.
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BANGOR, MAINE -- 11/09/2016 -- U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin declares victory over Emily Cain in the 2nd Congressional District after midnight Wednesday at Dysart's in Bangor. Micky Bedell | BDN

We still don’t know how Poliquin will vote on GOP health bill

on March 22, 2017, at 8:55 a.m.