Politics

 
Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks during the first session of the 128th Legislature on Wednesday at the State House in Augusta.

House speaker, LePage agree to cooperate on new mental health facility

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 09, 2016, at 4:31 p.m.
Maine’s new House speaker emerged from a meeting with Gov. Paul LePage to say they agreed to a path for legislative leaders to approve a new, privately run mental health facility in Augusta by 2016’s end.
Sen. Susan Collins

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

By Targeted News Service on Dec. 09, 2016, at 4:06 p.m.
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.
HE SAID IT RIGHT

How Maine’s rural votes can power the urban plyscraper economy

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 6:12 a.m.
The bigger your tax bill, the louder your voice in government. Is that really where we want to go?
Legislators, lobbyists and other interested parties gather Feb. 2 under the dome at the State House in Augusta. The Maine Ethics Commission on Thursday unanimously endorsed stricter disclosure rules for out-of-state donors to Maine campaigns. The proposal will go to the Legislature.

Maine ethics panel recommends new disclosure rules for out-of-state donors

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 08, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
The Maine Ethics Commission voted in favor of a proposal that would require groups that donate more than $100,000 to a campaign in Maine to disclose information about themselves.
The interior of the Mason Station power plant in February. Joseph Cotter of Mason Station LLC recently proposed transforming the old power plant into a marijuana dispensary and production facility.

Shuttered Maine power plant could become pot tourism mecca

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 08, 2016, at 10:16 a.m.
The proposal would include “a major investment” to turn Mason Station “into a destination marijuana greenhouse, dispensary and a production facility for various byproducts,” Joseph Cotter said.

Trump fills homeland security, environment, China ambassador jobs

By Richard Cowan, Reuters on Dec. 08, 2016, at 7:01 a.m.
President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday picked a fossil fuel industry defender as his top environmental official, another retired general as homeland security chief and Iowa’s governor as U.S. ambassador to China in choices at odds with some of his recent pronouncements.
RETHINKING EDUCATION

What can we do to help New Mainers thrive?

on Dec. 07, 2016, at 10:16 p.m.
Former Rep. Adam Goode (left), D-Bangor, speaks to Maine Treasurer Terry Hayes, I-Buckfield, before the first session of the 128th Legislature on Wednesday at the State House in Augusta.

No surprises in elections for Maine’s constitutional officers

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 07, 2016, at 4:55 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage speaks to the Maine House of Representatives before swearing them in for the first session of the 128th Legislature on Wednesday at the State House in Augusta.

LePage welcomes new Legislature with warning of impending economic peril

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 07, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
As expected, the chambers elected Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, as House speaker and re-elected Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport.
Ruth Parker of Camden and Floyd Keniston of Hollis, who were both in Hawaii 75 years ago for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, shared some of their stories Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at the State House in Augusta. Keniston was in the Navy and Parker was in the Women's Air Raid Defense of the Hawaiian Islands.

Mainer who survived Pearl Harbor: ‘I could have got him with a potato’

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 07, 2016, at 2:48 p.m.
“I had been trained to do something and I did it. I wasn’t afraid then, but I was later.”
Protea Integrated Health and Wellness, which provided services including Suboxone treatment to about 350 clients, closed abruptly on Sept. 30, leaving at least one client with a dwindling supply of the opioid replacement and others in a sense of chaos.

Fraud claims loomed over Maine addiction clinic that closed abruptly

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 07, 2016, at 9:49 a.m.
A former Suboxone clinic and addiction counseling service that closed abruptly in September is under investigation by the Maine attorney general’s office for fraud and has been ordered to repay more than $300,000 to the state.
DAVID FARMER

The motive behind the voter fraud lie

on Dec. 07, 2016, at 9:09 a.m.
Trump is president, LePage is governor, and they show that they’ll use that power to drive down trust in our institutions.
POLL QUESTION
The State House in Augusta can be seen in this January 2016 file photo.

Lawmakers pan LePage threat to build psychiatric unit outside Augusta

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 06, 2016, at 4:08 p.m.
“I’m looking for another location,” Gov. Paul LePage said. “They could only stop me on the East Campus [in Augusta]. Already I’m looking at Freeport right now. We’re looking up in the Bangor area. We’re looking down south.”
Bangor officials are starting to repeal the city’s minimum wage hike due to the passage of Question 4, a statewide minimum wage hike, on Nov. 8.

With misgivings, Bangor starts repeal process on its minimum wage hike

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 06, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.
Bangor officials are starting to repeal the city’s minimum wage hike due to the passage of Question 4, a statewide minimum wage hike, on Nov. 8.
The Pentagon

Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste

By Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward, Washington Post on Dec. 06, 2016, at 10:09 a.m.
The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations.
CONTRIBUTORS
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice-President Elect Mike Pence tour a Carrier factory in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., December 1, 2016.

Trump’s bullying of companies has a dangerous precedent

By Michael Schuman, Bloomberg View on Dec. 06, 2016, at 9:01 a.m.
My advice to Trump is to not become a Japanese bureaucrat. Don’t resort to public shaming, back-room haggling and implicit threats.
Ben Carson and Donald Trump speak during a round table with the Republican Leadership Initiative at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. August 25, 2016.

After hesitation, Carson accepts Trump’s offer to head housing department

By Doina Chiacu and Diane Bartz, Reuters on Dec. 06, 2016, at 6:34 a.m.
Ben Carson overcame his stated qualms about a lack of government experience on Monday to accept the president-elect’s nomination.
Members of the Community Union of Ellsworth and Hancock County joined the striking FairPoint Communications workers at the corner of Harlow and State Street in Bangor in this December 2014 file photo.

What FairPoint’s sale means to Maine customers

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 05, 2016, at 5:41 p.m.
The company said it plans to ditch the FairPoint name some time after the expected close of the sale in mid-2017, though it said billing and FairPoint-issued email addresses will remain the same.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine treasurer, AG to face challenges from Democratic lawmaker, GOP lobbyist

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 3:49 p.m.
CONTRIBUTORS

Trump’s victory a sign of the dawning ‘Age of Resentment’

By Richard Ogle on Dec. 05, 2016, at 1:18 p.m.
Alone among all the candidates, Trump grasped the bitter resentment that political privileging of minorities would produce.