Politics

 
Sheila Simoneau holds a photo of her daughter, Wanda-Jean Mitchell. Mitchell was found dead in the woods in Poland in 1980. Simoneau, who lives in Buxton, joined other HAAD Enough Inc. parents at a news conference Tuesday calling for more help from the Maine State Police cold-case unit. She wants her daughter's case listed with the unit and her death investigated.

Families frustrated by Maine’s cold-case unit push for new bill

By Kathryn Skelton on Jan. 18, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.
“This piece of legislation will hopefully make it a little easier for them to communicate with the (attorney general’s) office and the state police.”
STATE & CAPITOL

CIA file labels Margaret Chase Smith ‘thin-skinned.’ James Stewart might have agreed.

on Jan. 18, 2017, at 9:40 a.m.
DAVID FARMER

LePage gets history wrong, again. Really wrong.

on Jan. 18, 2017, at 9:26 a.m.
We can’t allow the governor to obscure his bad policies with outrageous statements on talk radio or at town hall meetings, but we also have to hold him account for the terrible things he says.
POLL QUESTION
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins

Sen. Collins bucks GOP efforts to end Planned Parenthood funding

By Kelsey Snell, Washington Post on Jan. 18, 2017, at 9:13 a.m.
A fierce battle over the future of reproductive rights is underway in Washington as congressional Republicans made the first move last week to slash funding for Planned Parenthood.
Former President George H.W. Bush smiles in this March 29, 2012 file photo.

Former President George H.W. Bush moved to ICU, Barbara Bush also hospitalized

By Fred Barbash, Washington Post on Jan. 18, 2017, at 8:34 a.m.
Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush was taken to the hospital for shortness of breath.
People hold signs at a rally in support of Gov. Paul LePage outside the State House in Augusta in this January 2016 file photo.

National outrage over racial remarks bounces off LePage in Maine

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 17, 2017, at 7:12 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage catapulted himself into the national media spotlight again Tuesday with controversial comments widely viewed as racially insensitive.
Displays at Shango Cannabis shop on the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales beginning at midnight in Portland, Oregon, Oct. 1, 2015.

Pot industry groups rush to make their names known in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 17, 2017, at 5:08 p.m.
The survey of obviously marijuana-related Maine business names registered with the secretary of state’s office only captures a sliver of the business activity after the narrow Nov. 8 legalization vote, but it shows early signs of a rush to enter the market that’s still being formed.
People hold signs calling for the release of imprisoned Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning while marching in a gay pride parade in San Francisco, California, recently.

Obama shortens sentence of soldier who gave material to WikiLeaks

By Roberta Rampton and Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters on Jan. 17, 2017, at 4:41 p.m.
The former U.S. military intelligence analyst was serving 35 years in prison for passing classified files to WikiLeaks.
EDUCATION: FUTURE IMPERFECT

Senator Collins’ support of Senator Sessions is no surprise

on Jan. 17, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.
Organizers for Maine March, the local effort to get people to the Women's March on Washington, are from left Sarah Gaba, Cara Paulak, Genevieve Morgan and Sally Struever with son Jasper Eiermann. These women are headed to D.C., but there also will be two marches in Maine taking place the same day as the Women's March on Washington.

Sister marches planned for Augusta, Portland could attract thousands

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 17, 2017, at 4:23 p.m.
“The idea is to be in complete solidarity with other marches around the country,” said Kathryn Yates, 66, of Portland.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi speak following a meeting with U.S.President Barack Obama on congressional Republicans' effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., Jan. 4, 2017.

CBO: 18 million would lose insurance in first year of ACA repeal without replacement

By Kelsey Snell, Washington Post on Jan. 17, 2017, at 1:20 p.m.
The number of people without insurance would grow to about 32 million within the first decade if Congressional Republicans follow a 2015 plan to repeal the health care law without a replacement.
MIKE TIPPING

Gov. LePage’s attack on Rep. Lewis reveals his fundamentally racist worldview

on Jan. 17, 2017, at 12:45 p.m.
POLL QUESTION
Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix, delivers a keynote address at the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 6, 2016.

LePage budget would impose ‘Netflix tax’ in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 17, 2017, at 10:58 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s latest budget proposal seeks to expand Maine’s sales tax to a range of in-person services from haircuts to movie tickets. It’s also extending the state’s ongoing tax fight into the digital realm.

Europeans look past Trump remarks to keep NATO alive

By Robin Emmott and Gabriela Baczynska, Reuters on Jan. 16, 2017, at 5:52 p.m.
If Washington’s European allies had any hope that Donald Trump would sound less like Donald Trump now that he is days from the presidency, his first European newspaper interview quickly buried it.
THE RIGHT WAY

Introducing The Right Way

on Jan. 16, 2017, at 5:29 p.m.
Khalil Gibran Muhammed gives his keynote address "No Reparation without Racial Education: Martin Luther King on the Tyranny of Ignorance" for Bates College's "Reparations: Addressing Racial Injustices" program at the Peter J. Gomes Chapel on campus in Lewiston on Martin Luther King Jr. day Monday morning.

MLK scholar in Maine: Teach that racism is bedrock of US history

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 16, 2017, at 1:46 p.m.
“Slavery is not an aberration in the American story,” Muhammad said. “It is the quintessential American story.”
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump gestures during a USA Thank You Tour event in Mobile, Alabama, U.S., December 17, 2016.

Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan

By Robert Costa and Amy Goldstein, The Washington Post on Jan. 16, 2017, at 7:49 a.m.
Trump said he will target pharmaceutical companies over drug prices and demand that they negotiate directly with Medicaid and Medicare.
Members of the Maine Senate listen to Gov. Paul LePage speak during the first session of the 128th Legislature on at the State House in Augusta, Dec. 7, 2016.

Battle lines form on LePage’s tax, welfare proposals

By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 16, 2017, at 6:10 a.m.
Here’s how the big tax and welfare changes would impact Maine.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence stands with Donald Trump during a news conference on Wednesday at Trump Tower in New York.

Top Republicans disappointed with John Lewis questioning Trump’s legitimacy

By Lucia Mutikani, Reuters on Jan. 15, 2017, at 2:58 p.m.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence said he was disappointed that civil rights activist John Lewis questioned Donald Trump’s legitimacy as president and his decision to boycott the inauguration.
French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault welcomes U.S.  Secretary of State John Kerry as he arrives for the Middle East peace conference in Paris.

Israel, Palestinians warned against taking unilateral measures harmful to peace

By John Irish, Lesley Wroughton and Marine Pennetier, Reuters on Jan. 15, 2017, at 2:37 p.m.
Some 70 countries on Sunday reaffirmed that only a two-state solution could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warned they would not recognize any unilateral steps by either side that could prejudge negotiations.