Sen. John McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, acknowledges applause as he arrives on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

McCain said the right things. Collins did the right thing.

on July 26, 2017, at 12:24 p.m.
Sen. John McCain gave a fiery speech about the many things wrong with the Senate — the lack of trust and compromise and the motivation to “win” for political reasons, not for the public good. He was right on every point.
Boy Scouts plant flags at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta prior to Memorial Day 2014.

The speech Boy Scouts should have heard, given by President Truman 67 years ago

on July 25, 2017, at 12:10 p.m.
Using children as political prop brings to mind Nazi rallies in 1930s Germany, not a gathering of young men who are supposed to be dedicated to service, kindness and courtesy.
The Trump administration has cut funding for teen pregnancy prevention.

Trump administration quietly cuts funding for projects to prevent teen pregnancy

on July 24, 2017, at 12:39 p.m.
The teen pregnancy rate in the United States has been declining for years, but still remains well above the rates in other developed countries. Now is not the time to cut back on prevention work.
Robert Morris of Bangor proudly shows off the t-shirt he received for signing up to volunteer during the 2014 American Folk Festival in Bangor. It was the second year for Morris to volunteer.

The American Folk Festival needs your help

on July 22, 2017, at 12:20 p.m.
The annual three-day festival, which Conde Nast listed among the best festivals in the world held in August, needs about 800 volunteers. So far this year, only about 200 have signed up.
U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) attends the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., on May 23, 2017.

Repeal of the ACA failed, now Congress must focus on fixing it

on July 21, 2017, at 9:48 a.m.
It is past time to listen to the disturbingly few reasonable Republican voices in Washington and to get to work improving the ACA, not simply trying to kill it.
Shipping containers are seen at the Port Newark Container Terminal in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. on July 2, 2009.

Maine’s lagging economy needs new ideas that can be sold outside of Maine

on July 20, 2017, at 12:08 p.m.
Companies that are lured by an area’s low cost will often leave as soon as an even lower-cost option arises.

This is Maine’s chance to start restoring its ability to look out for the public’s health

on July 19, 2017, at 2:31 p.m.
The state today lacks a key tool in its disease containment toolbox — a public health nursing program operating at full capacity.
Bayside Bowl in Portland recently installed a solar array on its roof.

Veto override needed to avoid disastrous solar energy rules

on July 18, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
Without action from the Legislature, Maine will be stuck with rules from the Public Utilities Commission that will needlessly cost residents millions of dollars and stall solar energy generation.
Gov. Paul LePage speaks to members of the community during a drug summit at Crosspoint Church in Bangor, July 11, 2017.

What it would take for us to be encouraged by LePage’s change of heart on Narcan

on July 17, 2017, at 12:15 p.m.
For a governor who has been intent on standing in the way of meaningful progress in fighting the state’s opioid addiction epidemic, the change in thinking about naloxone represents progress.
Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

2 ways Republicans, Democrats could work together on health care

on July 16, 2017, at 12:52 p.m.
Health care is more expensive here in the U.S. than it is in virtually every other country.
Barry Cook works to sort lumber at Sebasticook Lumber in St. Albans.

It’s time for Maine to stop exploiting people with disabilities as cheap labor

on July 14, 2017, at 8:19 a.m.
The subminimum wage is not the only way to ensure that people with disabilities can work.
Horses and a buggy are pictured at an Amish farm in Thorndike in this 2009 file photo.

The horse manure mess in Aroostook shouldn’t be hard to clean up

on July 13, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.
The Maine State House

LePage, GOP claim victory for a budget full of policies they’ve long fought

on July 12, 2017, at 12:16 p.m.
While LePage and his allies celebrate a state budget that eliminates a surtax on the state’s top earners and claim victory, they’re also celebrating a budget full of policies they’ve consistently fought.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is  considering allowing oil drilling in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument in the Gulf of Maine.

No reason to open new marine monument to oil drilling when industry doesn’t want it

on July 11, 2017, at 11:09 a.m.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s rationale for reviewing and likely modifying other national monument designations is concerning because it does not match reality.
A dog gets up Saturday from a brief nap on the porch at Lincoln Cottage in in Bayside Village.

Summer in Maine means houseguests, so remember the three-day rule

on July 10, 2017, at 1:28 p.m.
For some, houseguests are a touch of heaven. For others, they are like the black flies that start in early June.
Caption Local residents concerned about health care legislation gathered on the East Main Street bridge in Dover-Foxcroft on March 26.

Unexpected source says Obamacare isn’t broken — the Trump administration

on July 10, 2017, at 12:15 p.m.
There’s a new source of data concluding that the ACA is working as intended, and it comes from the Trump administration itself.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Paul LePage’s at a Republican rally in Portland in November 2014.

A tale of two shutdowns: At least LePage didn’t go to the beach

on July 08, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
While Gov. Paul LePage may be a liar, he didn’t actually go to the beach while state government was shut down. Instead, he stayed in Augusta to play games.
Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls, puts his hands to his face while listening to arguments during the Senate's hearing on the state budget at the Maine State House in Augusta.

Maine’s 2017 shutdown lesson? Compromise, not threats, closed the deal.

on July 07, 2017, at 10:15 a.m.
Only days after LePage signed the $7 billion, two-year budget, ending the three-day shutdown, he’s already making threats about the next budget battle.
The LePage administration says it’s overhauling the way the state treats in-home child care businesses because it wants to reverse a long-term decline in their numbers.

DHHS pursues child care policies that ignore reality

on July 06, 2017, at 1:23 p.m.
DHHS owes it to Maine’s families to pursue child care policies that respond to reality — and to respect the law.
President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 30, 2017.

Trump’s tweets hide the real problem: his faltering administration

on July 05, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
Trump isn’t, and never will be, up to the job of leading the United States.