Politics

 
POLLWAYS
NC WEB LN   NO MAGAZINE SALES

Every Republican health plan means lousier coverage for fewer people

on Feb. 21, 2017, at 5:52 a.m.
Republicans’ favored policies have been floated for a long time and would lead to inferior coverage for those who still have it.

March4Trump

By Cold Comfort Theater on Feb. 20, 2017, at 7:16 p.m.
FairPoint Communications has asked Maine utility regulators to free it from a requirement to provide regulated landline phone service in another five communities. A law passed last year removed the requirement for seven of the largest communities and set out a schedule for removing others.

FairPoint asks to get rid of regulated landlines in five more towns

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 20, 2017, at 6:11 p.m.
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with his new National Security Adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster after making the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida U.S. February 20, 2017.

Trump names general as new national security adviser

By Jeff Mason and Patricia Zengerle, Reuters on Feb. 20, 2017, at 3:47 p.m.
McMaster is a highly regarded military tactician and strategic thinker.
Vice President Mike Pence briefs the media at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 20, 2017.

Vice President Pence reassures EU about Trump’s support

By Roberta Rampton and Alastair Macdonald, Reuters on Feb. 20, 2017, at 9:51 a.m.
“Whatever our differences, our two continents share the same heritage, the same values and above all, the same purpose to promote peace and prosperity through freedom, democracy and the rule of law,” Vice President Mike Pence said.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine can’t decide what it wants to call this confusing holiday

on Feb. 20, 2017, at 8:48 a.m.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly talks to German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere during their meeting at the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Feb. 18, 2017.

Trump administration considering ‘more streamlined’ version of travel ban

By Michael Birnbaum and Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post on Feb. 19, 2017, at 2:25 p.m.
Legal analysts have said a new executive order that maintains bans would not likely allay the concerns of federal judges who put the original order on hold.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly talks to German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere during their meeting at the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Feb. 18, 2017.

Homeland Security secretary signs guidelines to empower authorities to deport illegal immigrants

By David Nakamura, The Washington Post on Feb. 19, 2017, at 1:48 p.m.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has signed sweeping new guidelines that empower federal authorities to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants inside the United States and at the border.
U.S. Sen. John McCain speaks at the opening of the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Feb. 17, 2017.

John McCain defends media after Trump’s calls them ‘the enemy’

By Reuters on Feb. 19, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.
“I hate the press. I hate you especially,” McCain told interviewer Chuck Todd of NBC. “But the fact is we need you. We need a free press.”
The Maine House of Representatives is seen on April 29, 2016.

Conflict of interest is nothing new for Maine politicians

By Michael Shepherd on Feb. 19, 2017, at 7:55 a.m.
Maine’s legislative ethics law seems clear but has been interpreted broadly, and that may be necessary to get good candidates to run for office.
A Boeing 787-10 is moved from the tarmac after a ceremony celebrating the rollout of Boeing's newest Dreamliner at the Boeing South Carolina plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, Feb. 17, 2017.

Trump pledges to protect U.S. jobs during visit to Boeing plant

By Jeff Mason, Reuters on Feb. 18, 2017, at 8:41 a.m.
President Donald Trump promised to boost U.S. manufacturing and punish companies for moving jobs overseas during a visit on Friday to a South Carolina Boeing Co plant to celebrate the unveiling of its latest Dreamliner jet.

Robert Michel, longest-serving minority leader in US House, dies at 93

By Bob Levey, The Washington Post on Feb. 18, 2017, at 8:17 a.m.
Former U.S. Rep. Robert H. Michel of Illinois, a conservative Republican and genial politician who served as House minority leader for 14 years — a tenure marked, toward the end, by partisan rancor and intraparty warfare stoked by his firebrand successor, Newt Gingrich — died Feb. 17 at a hospital in Arlington, Virginia. He was 93.
President Donald Trump waves as he steps from Air Force One upon his arrival in West Palm Beach, Florida, Feb. 17, 2017.

Trump’s hardline immigration rhetoric runs into obstacles — including Trump

By David Nakamura, The Washington Post on Feb. 18, 2017, at 7:56 a.m.
Trump has been vague about his goals and how to achieve them and his aides have struggled to interpret his orders.
POLL QUESTION
Steam locomotive 470 chugged into Union Station marking the last visit to Bangor of a Maine Central steam train in this 1954 file photo.

Passenger trains in Bangor: A vision of the future or a pipe dream?

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 18, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The state’s sole passenger rail service has been a slow-blooming flower. The Amtrak Downeaster train began in December 2001 as a tourist attraction, running between Boston and Portland, but it has grown steadily.
The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously Friday to launch a preliminary inquiry into Maine PowerOptions, a state-sponsored electricity consortium that was the subject of a recent investigation by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.

Maine watchdog agency to probe electricity deal maker

By Dave Sherwood, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Feb. 17, 2017, at 4:27 p.m.
The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously Friday to launch a preliminary inquiry into Maine PowerOptions.
Sen. Susan Collins

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

By Targeted News Service on Feb. 17, 2017, at 2:48 p.m.
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington on Jan. 18.

Longtime adversary of EPA confirmed to lead the agency

By Brady Dennis, The Washington Post on Feb. 17, 2017, at 1:50 p.m.
Scott Pruitt has spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Spicer denies Trump will call up Guard for immigrant roundup

By Margaret Talev, Bloomberg on Feb. 17, 2017, at 1:41 p.m.
A Homeland Security Department official said the memo was an early idea that was never seriously considered.
POLL QUESTION
Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

LePage asks Trump to let Maine ban candy, soda from food stamps

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on Feb. 17, 2017, at 11:33 a.m.
Gov. LePage’s administration asked the USDA on Friday to OK banning soft drink and candy purchases with food stamps.
Canadian lynx

Judge dismisses lawsuit over incidental Canada lynx trapping

By Fred Bever, Maine Public on Feb. 17, 2017, at 10:36 a.m.
A federal judge in Bangor has thrown out a lawsuit claiming that state and federal wildlife officials were failing to protect the threatened Canada Lynx as required by the Endangered Species Act.