Jeff Sessions’ grilling highlights tension between chumminess of Senate, seriousness of Russia probe

By James Hohmann, Washington Post on June 16, 2017, at 8:38 a.m.
The tribalism that has infected our politics has also transformed the Senate. Republicans, for the most part, either pulled their punches or batted cleanup. Democrats whacked at the former senator like a piñata.

Lobbyists seek to flush away new law regulating wet wipes

By Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post on June 16, 2017, at 7:39 a.m.
The nonwoven fabrics industry is lobbying Congress to reverse a D.C. law that regulates wet wipes — the moist, disposable towelettes that have found an emerging market among adults for whom toilet tissue won’t do.

Commerce cuts LGBT protections from equal opportunity policy statement

By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post on June 16, 2017, at 7:34 a.m.
“Just taking the words off the statement doesn’t take away anybody’s rights.”

Remember the Civil War. Return civility to politics.

on June 16, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
“Wednesday’s shooting is an opportunity to take stock of the rhetoric used in politics today. We may just find that things have become a bit too overheated.”
White House senior advisor Jared Kushner

Special counsel is investigating Kushner’s business dealings

By Sari Horwitz, Matt Zapotosky and Adam Entous, Washington Post on June 15, 2017, at 9:10 p.m.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, as part of the probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
A special six-person panel missed a self-imposed Thursday deadline to pass a budget recommendation for the next two state fiscal years beginning July 1.

Maine budget talks stall as Democrats and Republicans trade blame

By Michael Shepherd on June 15, 2017, at 6:14 p.m.
As things stand now, there’s little hope of an agreement to win the necessary two-thirds approval in the Senate and House of Representatives. A state shutdown looms if no agreement is reached by June 30.

Bid to boost high-speed internet in Maine wins wide support but slips into funding limbo

By Christopher Cousins on June 15, 2017, at 5:26 p.m.
The bill, LD 1399, was moved by the Senate to the special appropriations table, where most bills that cost money go and often die when lawmakers don’t fund them. It will now compete with other bills for a limited pool of state dollars.
Ralph Tripp, 32, of Bangor and Maurice Gunn coordinate on a signature-gathering effort on a 2016 referendum for a York County casino outside the garage at Pickering Square in Bangor in January 2016.

House OKs bill tightening requirements for citizen-initiated ballot questions

By Steve Mistler on June 15, 2017, at 3:42 p.m.
The Legislature has taken the first step toward making it more difficult for citizen-initiated referendums to qualify for the ballot.
Gov. Paul LePage stands on the Maine State Pier in Portland, June 15, 2017.

LePage considers carrying a gun after congressman’s shooting

By Jake Bleiberg on June 15, 2017, at 12:30 p.m.
“I’m thinking of carrying, yes,” LePage said when asked whether he felt the need to protect himself after the incident.
The sun sets on the State House in Augusta

Government shutdown clock starts as budget deal eludes Maine lawmakers

By Michael Shepherd on June 15, 2017, at 11:49 a.m.
Before adjourning Wednesday night, the special panel of six lawmakers trying to bridge their own gaps on Maine’s two-year budget set a deadline of noon Thursday to finish their work.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (left) chats with outdoor enthusiasts during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Tuesday.

Zinke might recommend Katahdin monument be national park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 15, 2017, at 11:35 a.m.
“The driver would have to be from Congress,” Zinke said at a breakfast with Katahdin area political and business leaders.
The Standard of Newcastle boathouse. Kieve-Wavus Education Inc. plans to buy the building.

Education group meets strong opposition in plan to buy midcoast boathouse

By Maia Zewert on June 15, 2017, at 11:01 a.m.
The Newcastle Board of Selectmen learned about Kieve-Wavus Education Inc.’s plans to purchase the boathouse behind The Standard of Newcastle condominium building to use for a leadership program, but the plan has met with opposition from the condominium association.


By Caroline Knight on June 15, 2017, at 8:43 a.m.
U.S. President Donald Trump at a meeting with members of his Cabinet at the White House on June 12, 2017.

Special counsel investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice

By Devlin Barrett, Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Sari Horwitz, The Washington Post on June 14, 2017, at 7:27 p.m.
The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice.
Conceptual sketches for a new, $28 million elementary school approved by Brunswick voters on Tuesday. The school, to house 660 preschool through second-grade students, will be built on the former Jordan Acres School site. The school will be funded by local dollars only after voters supported foregoing the process to apply for state funding, which typically takes years.

Brunswick voters OK borrowing $28 million to build school without state aid

By Beth Brogan on June 14, 2017, at 4:25 p.m.
The bond, which passed 2,040 to 1,779, will fund a school to replace the 62-year-old Coffin School.
Warden Susan Blagden reads the results of Wiscasset’s annual town meeting by referendum on Tuesday.

Attorney: Wiscasset illegally barred public from ballot count

By Beth Brogan on June 14, 2017, at 3:27 p.m.
An attorney contacted by the town of Wiscasset said an election warden illegally kept reporters and residents away from a ballot count.

Maine’s $50 million tech bond appears likely to pass easily

By Darren Fishell and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on June 14, 2017, at 10:21 a.m.
It would earmark $45 million to replenish a fund for infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades in seven targeted sectors, including aquaculture, forestry, agriculture and composite materials.
The Wells police and fire departments will get new buildings.

Wells votes for new public safety complex, ban on marijuana shops

By CBS 13 on June 14, 2017, at 10:02 a.m.
The Wells police and fire departments will get a new buildings.
Rep. Ken Fredette, R-Newport, listens to his colleagues speak in Augusta, Nov. 7, 2014.

Maine House GOP leader: Special budget panel ‘doomed to fail’

By Christopher Cousins on June 14, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
The committee that is supposed to find a path out of the budget impasse in Augusta is “too little, too late,” according to House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, who said the panel is “doomed to fail.”
Camden and Rockport voters approved a $25 million bond June 13 that will bring a new middle school to MSAD 28.

Camden, Rockport voters approve $25 million middle school bond

By Alex Acquisto on June 14, 2017, at 9:49 a.m.
Voters here and in the neighboring town of Rockport overwhelmingly approved Tuesday a $25.2 million bond to construct a new middle school for the two towns’ middle school students.