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EDITORIALS
Delegates wave signs during the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Monday.

GOP ignores its own warnings. With new platform, it becomes ‘increasingly out of touch’

By The BDN Editorial Board on July 19, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
The party’s soul searching after the the 2012 election offered an opportunity for it to move forward. It is unfortunate that the party, through its 2016 platform, chose instead to move backward.
A sign marking the location of a natural gas pipeline is seen in Golden, Colorado, Feb. 2, 2015

Maine regulators support using up to $75M from ratepayers for gas pipeline

By Darren Fishell on July 19, 2016, at 12:02 p.m.
Utility regulators disagreed with their staff and Maine’s public advocate by voting Tuesday to move ahead with a plan for electricity customers to pay for expanding Spectra Energy’s Algonquin natural gas pipeline, if other states follow along.
CONTRIBUTORS
California delegates Kim Dalbow-Vann (from left), Julie LaGrande and Shari Clark cheer as pro-Trump delegates chant "USA, USA" to drown out shouts by anti-Trump delegates who were calling for a roll call vote on a rules measure at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Monday, July 18.

The GOP’s despicable first night of the Republican National Convention

By Stephen Stromberg, The Washington Post on July 19, 2016, at 10:55 a.m.
The first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention was purportedly about national security. In fact, it was about portraying liberalism as an ideology of national betrayal.
CONTRIBUTORS

The Republican convention’s race problem

By Robert W. Glover on July 19, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
The absence of racial minorities within Republican ranks raises questions about the party’s legitimacy to participate in national conversations about race relations and the issues facing people of color at a time when attention to these issues is absolutely vital.
CONTRIBUTORS
Sen. Andre Cushing

How Maine gets a focused view of what needs to improve

By Andre Cushing on July 19, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
OpEd: A more vibrant, sustainable Maine economy benefits us all.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage says he’ll cut funding for methadone clinics that don’t offer counseling

on July 19, 2016, at 9:53 a.m.
MaineCare rules already require that methadone clinics provide counseling, though cuts in state funding under Gov. Paul LePage have made that difficult.
Police on bicycles create a cordon around demonstrators from various groups as they march in protest during the Republican National Convention on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.

‘Never Trump’ effort rebuffed after Maine delegation flips on rules vote

By Staff and wire reports on July 18, 2016, at 6:47 p.m.
Republican attempts to slow Donald Trump’s march to the presidential nomination failed on Monday afternoon.
Delegates fill the floor during the first day of the Republican National Convention on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Members of Maine State Police on duty at GOP convention

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 18, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
“Seven troopers arrived over the weekend and will spend the week there,” Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland said.
STATE & CAPITOL

Longtime LePage antagonist asks feds to probe Maine warden service

on July 18, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where great music is cheap. With my car in the garage, I’m driving my sister’s for the day and I noticed that she has a (an?) “A Decade of Steely Dan” CD in her car with the price tag still on it: $2.97. That’s a lot of …
Speaker of the House Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, talks on the phone in the State House in Augusta, Jan. 14, 2016.

Why it looks like Maine’s lame-duck House speaker is campaigning

By Christopher Cousins on July 18, 2016, at 7:04 a.m.
House Speaker Mark Eves, a Democrat, has less than six months left in office before being forced out by Maine’s term limits law, but you wouldn’t know it by watching him lately.
A trash truck driver prepares to dump his load of municipal solid waste at Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. in Orrington on Sept. 17, 2009.

The long history of lobbying behind Maine’s trash fight

By Darren Fishell on July 18, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
In large part, these efforts centered on the same bills, setting restrictions on new landfill capacity, influencing the state’s waste management priorities and attempting to create new incentives for energy generated from trash.

Recent shootings heighten security concerns at Republican convention

By Steve Holland and Ginger Gibson, Reuters on July 17, 2016, at 7:59 p.m.
CLEVELAND — Cleveland’s police union called for the suspension of a state law allowing people to carry firearms during the Republican National Convention, but Ohio’s governor said he was powerless to act despite heightened security concerns with the killing Sunday of three police officers in Louisiana. Republican Donald Trump seized …
Barricades are seen outside the Quicken Loans Arena as setup continues in advance of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 16, 2016.

In jittery Cleveland, all smooth so far as GOP convenes and security tightens

By Joel Achenbach, Washington Post on July 17, 2016, at 1:18 p.m.
Welcome to the nervously anticipated, potentially Trumpocalyptic Republican National Convention.
POLL QUESTION
A Ted Cruz supporter shows his support during Maine State GOP Convention at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in this April 2016 file photo.

Will Maine’s ‘Never Trump’ delegates make noise in Cleveland?

By Michael Shepherd on July 17, 2016, at 7:19 a.m.
Much has been made of the “Never Trump” movement, even though the New York City billionaire has already won more than enough delegates to get the nomination.
VIDEO
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump applauds after introducing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (left) as his vice presidential running mate as Trump's daughter Ivanka (right) looks on in New York City, July 16, 2016.

Trump rolls out Pence as running mate with pointed contrasts to Clinton

By Jennifer Jacobs and Michael C. Bender, Bloomberg on July 16, 2016, at 1:55 p.m.
Donald Trump strolled onto the stage for his first joint appearance with his running mate — solo.

Trump officially announces Pence as running mate

By Reuters on July 16, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump officially names Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate, saying he is much different from “Crooked Hillary Clinton.”
VIDEO
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (right) and Indiana Governor Mike Pence (left) wave to the crowd before addressing the crowd during a campaign stop at the Grand Park Events Center in Westfield, Indiana, July 12, 2016.

Trump announces Pence as running mate

By Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu, Reuters on July 16, 2016, at 8:12 a.m.
Republican Donald Trump’s choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate on Friday helped bolster support among some conservatives skeptical about his policies, a crucial step as he prepares to accept the party’s nomination next week.
Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin

Maine lawmakers split on bill to block funding of new monuments

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 15, 2016, at 7:25 p.m.
The U.S. House passed legislation Thursday that would block federal funding for new national monuments, including one in Maine.
A sample photo EBT card can be seen in Bangor in this April 2014 file photo.

Misprint on some Maine EBT cards lists phone sex line

By Kathryn Skelton on July 15, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
In a misprint on some cards, the number to report a lost or stolen card to DHHS is actually the number of a phone sex line.
Sen. Susan Collins

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

By Targeted News Service on July 15, 2016, at 4:52 p.m.
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.