Rep. Paul McGowan, D-Cape Neddick

First-term Rep. Paul McGowan dies unexpectedly

By Mario Moretto on July 28, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Paul McGowan, a state representative who saw his signature cancer study legislation passed into law last year, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday. The 67-year-old Cape Neddick resident recently had announced that he would not be seeking re-election because of increasingly worrisome health trouble, the exact …

Rockland Republican re-enters Maine House race

By Stephen Betts on July 28, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Republican James Kalloch is back in the race for the Maine House seat that represents Rockland and Owls Head. Kalloch had filed papers to run but then withdrew from the race on June 19, explaining that he didn’t think he would have time to devote to the …
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida (center), answers questions from reporters during a women's rights rally in Portland on Monday. She is flanked on the left by state Sen. Emily Cain and Rep. Chellie Pingree.

Democratic National Committee chairwoman stumps for women’s rights at Portland rally

By Christopher Cousins on July 28, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz came to Maine on Monday in an effort to highlight what she called a stark contrast between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to issues that matter most to women. Flanked by 1st Congressional District Rep. Chellie Pingree and 2nd …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud discusses compromise legislation that is aimed at correcting problems in the Veterans Administration health care system on Monday at the Portland Public Library.

Tentative agreement reached on US veterans’ funding bill

on July 28, 2014, at 12:52 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, said Monday in Portland that a compromise reached over the weekend that is aimed at resolving the Veterans Affairs health care crisis represents a positive short-term step, but more systemic overhauls are needed. Michaud, the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Veterans …

Alfond faces fine for $31,000 in unreported PAC activity, plus 7 stories you need to read

on July 28, 2014, at 11:19 a.m.
Alfond took full responsibility for he called "clerical errors" on the part of the Alfond Business, Community and Democracy PAC, but an attorney representing the PACT argued that the harm to the public in the lat reporting was minimal.
Constitution Coalition of Maine spokesperson Phil Merletti gives a presentation Saturday at the Hampden municipal building.

Constitution Coalition seminar in Hampden draws 9 like-minded citizens, no lawmakers

By Judy Harrison on July 26, 2014, at 7:06 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — The people who most needed to hear what members of the Constitution Coalition of Maine had to teach them did not show up Saturday afternoon for a seminar on the Maine Constitution held at the Hampden municipal building on Western Avenue, according to organizers. Instead of the …

Constitution Coalition of Maine holds seminar in Hampden

By Ashley Conti on July 26, 2014, at 6:46 p.m.
The Constitution Coalition of Maine held a three-hour seminar at the Hampden municipal building for legislative candidates and the public. “Our Main(e) goal is, you will now have the truth and knowledge and when you leave, you will know why the Constitution was destroyed, when, why, what and who destroyed …

Despite losing state contract, MaineCare ride provider gave employees bonuses for staying on job

By Kathryn Skelton on July 25, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — The company that lost the state contract to broker rides for MaineCare patients after thousands of complaints and missed pick-ups has offered bonuses to employees who stay on and keep answering the phones through next week. At least one lawmaker wants to know who’s paying for it. …

Are we allowed to laugh out loud these days in pursuit of politics?

on July 25, 2014, at 7:23 a.m.
Mike: Well Cynthia, we have two columns under our belt now. One thing I’ve learned is that some people seem to take this way too seriously. Have we lost the ability to good-humoredly laugh at ourselves and each other in the political arena? Cynthia: Lots of people are still laughing …
Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas June 18, 2014.

Border children’s plight, explained: Long court process could end with deportation or legal status

By Mario Moretto on July 24, 2014, at 8 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The immigration and humanitarian crisis created by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the United States became a minor controversy in Maine this week when Gov. Paul LePage learned that eight such boys and girls had been placed here sometime between January and July. The …

Bear referendum supporters to gather in Portland this weekend, the start of baiting season

on July 24, 2014, at 4:22 p.m.
This weekend marks the start of bear baiting season in Maine, when hunters and guides enter the woods to fill bait sites with food meant to attract bears for the fall hunt, which begins next month. In response, Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, the group leading a campaign to ban bear baiting, hounding and …

Supreme Court already said DC Court was wrong on Obamacare subsidies

on July 24, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.
The Supreme Court has already spoken on the DC Circuit’s three judge panel’s 2-1 decision that subsidies are only available for insurance purchased through state exchanges. This decision contradicted the decision of a unanimous three judge panel for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (Virginia). How could that be? That …

Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence endorses Eliot Cutler

on July 24, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler on Thursday received the endorsement of the Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence, largely due to Cutler's support for background checks for all gun sales.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, talks with Bob Schieffer on "Face the Nation" in Washington, in this photo taken May 8, 2014, courtesy of CBS News.

Elizabeth Warren for president?

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on July 24, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.
It was one of those important but dull hearings that doesn’t even get broadcast on C-SPAN 3. An obscure subcommittee was taking expert testimony on patient safety Thursday, and only four of its 14 members bothered to show up. Several of the public seats were empty, too. But Elizabeth Warren …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage avoids partisan politics when it comes to judicial appointments

By Judy Harrison on July 24, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Bangor lawyer Aaron Frey and other Democrats in the legal community were worried when Gov. Paul LePage took office 3½ years ago about whether he would place politics above putting a deliberate, thoughtful person on the bench when nominating lawyers to be judges. “Those concerns were never …
A police officer looks on near the site of the train wreckage in Lac Megantic, July 9, 2013. The crude oil freight train that derailed and blew up in the small town of Lac-Megantic early on Saturday morning, July 6, 2013, was traveling far too fast when it went off the rails, investigators told reporters.

Maine delegates laud proposed steps to prevent Lac-Megantic-level railway disaster in US

By Nick McCrea on July 23, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The U.S. Department of Transportation rolled out a series of proposed new rail safety rules on Wednesday, including phasing out tens of thousands of older railway tanker cars used to transport flammable liquids, including crude oil, over the next two years. Maine’s congressional delegation celebrated the proposals …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage administration wants adults without children to work to get food stamps

By Lindsay Tice on July 23, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — After a five-year break, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services plans once again to require childless adults to work in order to receive help through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The department announced Wednesday that it will require work, …
Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a televised statement at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, in the early hours of July 21, 2014. Putin said Monday the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in east Ukraine must not be used for political ends and urged separatists to allow international experts access to the crash site.

Containing Putin

By Stephen J. Hadley, Special to The Washington Post on July 23, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has focused the world’s attention on Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. But the most basic questions are still unanswered: What is Russian President Vladimir Putin up to? How far will he go? And what should the United States do about it? Putin …
Pictured is Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Hampden.

Culture change needed to transition Mainers from welfare to workforce

By Andre Cushing on July 23, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
President Ronald Reagan famously said, “I believe the best social program is a job.” Those words were spoken in a different era, but they still ring true here in Maine today, and they are central to the new approach Republicans in Augusta are taking to move more Mainers from welfare …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud

Michaud, LePage stockpile cash as governor’s race ramps up

By Mario Moretto on July 23, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Mike Michaud continues to outpace his two gubernatorial opponents in the money race as the campaigns heat up leading into August. According to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the state Tuesday night, the Democrat’s total fundraising has netted more than $1.9 million for the …
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