Politics

 
Members of the Ku Klux Klan rally in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, July 8, 2017.

The charlatan who grew Maine’s KKK and how it flamed out

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 14, 2017, at 12:15 p.m.
Their leader was a charismatic man named F. Eugene Farnsworth.
President Donald Trump speaks as Kenneth Frazier, chairman and CEO of Merck, looks on during a listening session with manufacturing CEOs in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 23, 2017.

Trump fires back after Merck CEO resigns from manufacturing council over Charlottesville

By Jena McGregor, The Washington Post on Aug. 14, 2017, at 11:44 a.m.
The resignation followed an outcry by critics about how President Trump had responded to protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend that were led by white supremacist groups and turned violent.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, accompanied by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, speaks with reporters ahead of a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, Aug. 2, 2017.

Maine leads nation in choosing women for US Senate

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Aug. 14, 2017, at 7:39 a.m.
Its three female senators — Republicans Margaret Chase Smith, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins — collectively represent 62 years of Senate service, easily the best record of any state.
LANCE DUTSON

Federal report of ignored abuse reveals true Mayhew record

on Aug. 14, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
We’re not talking about general government incompetence here. We’re talking about actual human lives.
THE BODY POLITIC

Charlottesville

on Aug. 14, 2017, at 1:43 a.m.
POLL QUESTION
President Donald Trump reads from a prepared statement as he delivers remarks on the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, from his golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, Aug. 12, 2017.

After criticism, White House says Trump condemns KKK, neo-Nazis

By Ian Simpson, Reuters on Aug. 13, 2017, at 6:04 p.m.
Democrats and Republicans criticized Trump for waiting too long to address the violence, and for failing when he did speak out to explicitly condemn the white-supremacist marchers who ignited the melee.
A container is carried away from a cargo ship at Tianjin Port, in northern China, Feb. 23, 2017.

President Trump to launch investigation into China trade violations

By Ana Swanson and Simon Denyer, The Washington Post on Aug. 13, 2017, at 10:19 a.m.
The president plans to sign an executive memorandum Monday afternoon, directing his top trade negotiator to determine whether to investigate China for harming intellectual property, innovation and technology.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Poliquin ‘looking to downsize,’ selling Oakland home

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 11, 2017, at 6:34 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin is selling his Oakland home, but the two-term Republican congressman hopes to remain in the Belgrade Lakes region.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, Aug. 10, 2017.

Trump says U.S. is ‘locked and loaded’ in N.Korea confrontation

By James Oliphant and Dahee Kim, Reuters on Aug. 11, 2017, at 8:56 a.m.
“Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” Trump said on Twitter.

America no longer sees Kim Jong Un as a joke

By Stuart Leavenworth and Anita Kumar, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Aug. 11, 2017, at 5:53 a.m.
Not many are laughing anymore.
HE SAID IT RIGHT

All journalism is biased. Let’s acknowledge that and move on.

on Aug. 11, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
Anthem is one of three marketplace health insurance providers in Maine who will see double-digit rate increases.

Maine marketplace health insurance plans get double-digit rate increases

By Patty Wight on Aug. 10, 2017, at 7:37 p.m.
Maine’s insurance superintendent has approved double-digit rate increases for 2018 marketplace health insurance plans.
The Portland City Hall clock tower is shown in this Bangor Daily News file photo.

One error may correct another in Portland referendum snafu, city says

By Jake Bleiberg on Aug. 10, 2017, at 4:26 p.m.
City staff believe that a newly discovered legal error from 2011 may allow them to overcome another mistake that came to light earlier this week.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 10, 2017.

Trump declares opioid crisis is a national emergency, pledges more money and attention

By John Wagner, Washington Post on Aug. 10, 2017, at 4:07 p.m.
“It’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis,” President Trump said on Thursday.
Maine State Representative and Bernie Sanders supporter Diane Russell cheers as she takes the stage on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 25, 2016.

Former state representative launches Democratic bid for Maine governor

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 10, 2017, at 12 p.m.
The Democratic primary race to replace Gov. Paul LePage in 2018 attracted a seventh contender Thursday when former four-term state Rep. Diane Russell of Portland announced her candidacy.
Chris Lyons, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Maine, during a recent registration drive.

Libertarian candidates jump into races to unseat King, Poliquin

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 10, 2017, at 10:36 a.m.
The list of candidates for Congress on Maine’s 2018 ballot continues to grow, including some from a new political party in Maine: The Libertarian Party.
POLL QUESTION
Opioids such as OxyContin, pictured here, have contributed to the rise in overdose deaths.

Drug overdose deaths spiked nationally in 2016

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 09, 2017, at 4:53 p.m.
More than 64,000 Americans died by overdose in the first nine months of 2016, compared with the record number of 52,404 people who overdosed in all of 2015.
Michael Liberty

‘Donald Trump with a Maine accent’ sentenced to four months for illegal campaign donations

By Jake Bleiberg and Seth Koenig on Aug. 09, 2017, at 4:01 p.m.
Michael Liberty, 56, was ordered to pay a fine of $100,000 in addition to serving the prison time after pleading guilty to making $22,500 in illegal campaign contributions to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.
PINE TREE POLITICS

Diversity in all things but thought

on Aug. 09, 2017, at 1:43 p.m.
People are now intimidated into silence, with a single perspective of thought being brutally enforced, and no dissension or disagreement being allowed.
Forest City Stream at the outflow of the Forest City dam on East Grand Lake, May 18, 2017.

New state law aims to end controversy over Forest City dam

By John Holyoke on Aug. 09, 2017, at 10:24 a.m.
“There’s about 2,000 camps on the lake, including some traditional sporting camps, and it would have had serious impacts,” Rep. Bob Duchesne, D-Hudson, said.