Articles by Darren Fishell

Third-party candidate Evan McMullin, an independent, talks to the press as he campaigns in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 12.

In Maine donations, a surprising new candidate makes a late mark

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 22, 2016, at 7 a.m.
Independent challenger Evan McMullin disclosed his first Maine contribution — $1,050 from a Fort Fairfield donor — in September.

Poll: Clinton, Trump virtually tied in Maine’s 2nd District

on Oct. 21, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.
The latest poll of Maine’s presidential election preferences found Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump in a dead heat in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, a battleground that’s gotten much more attention than usual this cycle.
If Question 1 passes, attorney Stephen Langsdorf said it would be reasonable for most employees to treat marijuana use as they do alcohol consumption -- that they shouldn't use or be under its influence at work.

Legal pot would be like alcohol at work, but there’s no good test for it

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 21, 2016, at 6:20 a.m.
If Maine legalizes marijuana, it doesn’t mean employees could light up during smoke breaks. But there will be more incentive for state officials to come up with a workable definition of what it means to be “under the influence.”

These Maine employers can test their workers for drugs

on Oct. 21, 2016, at 5 a.m.

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 19, 2016, at 10:32 p.m.

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 19, 2016, at 8:48 p.m.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the presidential town hall debate with Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

See the Mainers who gave the most to this year’s presidential contenders

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 19, 2016, at 7:12 p.m.
Maine residents have put almost $2.7 million into this year’s presidential contest. More than half went to candidates who have already dropped out.

How Cain and Poliquin are fueling their higher-priced rematch

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 17, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
It’s the same fight but with more ammunition.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Supporters of pot legalization call timing of AG’s criticism ‘disturbing’

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 14, 2016, at 6:36 p.m.
“It appears clear that the intent of the legislation applies to persons 21 and over.”
Marijuana is grown in Hermon in this October 2016 photo.

Maine AG says Question 1 would allow children to have pot

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 13, 2016, at 6:34 p.m.
A Maine attorney representing the advocates of the measure say her office is wrong.
Ballot clerks pass time at Ellsworth City Hall waiting for voters to show up in this June 2015 file photo.

Cash from away weighs heavily in Maine ballot question campaigns

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 11, 2016, at 3:04 p.m.
Campaigns promoting passage of Maine’s five citizen-initiated ballot questions are largely getting their money from outside the state, a dynamic at least one opposition group has criticized.
Smoking paraphernalia is seen inside Grass Roots of Maine in Bangor.

What has to happen before you could buy marijuana without a prescription in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 10, 2016, at 6:09 a.m.
If voters legalize marijuana in Maine by voting yes on Question 1, it would sound the starting gun for businesses looking to capture part of an industry expected to grow to $200 million in Maine sales by 2020.

Maine marijuana and tax campaigns load up on cash

on Oct. 06, 2016, at 10:35 a.m.

Where Maine ballot question campaigns are getting their money

on Oct. 06, 2016, at 10:31 a.m.
The National Drought Mitigation Center last week raised the class of drought conditions across much of central Maine, placing much of the state into severe and moderate drought conditions.

Drought prompts Maine regulators to investigate impact on drinking water

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 04, 2016, at 12:39 p.m.
Maine regulators have launched an inquiry into how the current regional drought most severely affecting southern and central Maine could impact local water utilities.

Mainers are paying less for energy and way more for health care

on Oct. 04, 2016, at 11:18 a.m.
FairPoint Communications can be seen in this August 2014 file photo.

FairPoint wants hearing to contest $500,000 fine for Maine service lapses

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 03, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
“While providing high-quality broadband service is important to the company’s future, it cannot ignore service quality obligations to its [provider-of-last-resort] customers.”

Maine finance overseer objects to ‘giveaway’ tax break for wind farm

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 03, 2016, at 4:43 p.m.
David Heidrich urged the Franklin County commissioners to reject the proposal for revising the property tax break.
Emily Cain (left) listens as Bruce Poliquin makes a comment about her during the 2nd Congressional District debate on Tuesday at the CBS 13 television studios in Portland on Oct. 14, 2014.

The cost to get elected in Maine’s 2nd District keeps going up

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 02, 2016, at 7:28 a.m.
The 2nd Congressional District rematch between Bruce Poliquin and Emily Cain is already more expensive than the original.
Burnt Coat Harbor can be seen recently on Swan’s Island. The members of the Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative voted to sell the cooperative to Emera Maine.

Unplugging a way of life: Maine island eyes trading local control for cheaper electricity

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 30, 2016, at 6:40 a.m.
“That was really what people had to weigh: the cost versus the loss of control and loss of that on-island employment.”