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A person signs a petition that is related to "An Act to Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County" in October 2016 in Bangor.

The only person who could build a new Maine casino emerges from campaign funding shadows

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 16, 2017, at 2:18 a.m.
The developer who would be the only one with rights to a new casino in York County under a 2018 referendum is finally taking a central role in the campaign.
President Donald Trump stops to respond to more questions about his responses to the violence, injuries and deaths at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville as he walks away flanked by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) and U.S. Secret Service agents (R) after speaking to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 15, 2017.

Trump again blames both sides in Charlottesville, says some counterprotesters were ‘very, very violent’

By David Nakamura, Washington Post on Aug. 15, 2017, at 5:49 p.m.
The president called the events of Saturday at the “Unite the Right” rally a “horrible thing to watch,” but he emphasized that both sides acted irresponsibly.
U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions about his response to the events in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 15, 2017.

Trump hits back at CEOs over response to Virginia violence

By Susan Heavey and Scott Malone, Reuters on Aug. 15, 2017, at 4:27 p.m.
Trump has faced a storm of criticism from Democrats and members of his own Republican party over his initial response to Saturday’s violence.
STATE & CAPITOL

Former Angus King aide takes job as voice of Maine Democratic Party

on Aug. 15, 2017, at 3:22 p.m.
Students attend a graduation ceremony at Presque Isle High School, June 10, 2016.

Proposed Maine graduation rule changes would harm disabled kids, advocates say

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on Aug. 15, 2017, at 10:19 a.m.
Educators and advocates are speaking out about proposed changes to Maine’s law on proficiency-based diplomas.
POLL QUESTION
Young demonstrators hold signs at a rally and lobby day organized by the Maine Peoples Alliance at the State House in Augusta around the issue of Medicaid expansion, Jan. 8, 2014.

LePage: Medicaid expansion would ‘kill’ Maine

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 15, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.
The governor claims that broadening eligibility for the government-run program would drive the state into backbreaking debt.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage: Medicaid expansion would ‘kill’ Maine

on Aug. 15, 2017, at 8:54 a.m.
THE UNREALIZED REPUBLIC

You are special

on Aug. 14, 2017, at 9:19 p.m.
U.S. President Donald Trump gives a pen to Raytheon CEO Tom Kennedy (2nd R) after signing a memorandum directing the U.S. Trade Representative to complete a review of trade issues with China at the White House in Washington, U.S. August 14, 2017.

Trump orders probe of China intellectual property practices

By Lesley Wroughton and Jeff Mason, Reuters on Aug. 14, 2017, at 7:15 p.m.
The investigation is likely to cast a shadow over relations with China, the largest U.S. trading partner.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with Maine Gov. Paul LePage at a 2016 campaign rally in Portland.

LePage is only New England governor not to condemn Virginia white supremacist protests

By Steve Mistler on Aug. 14, 2017, at 6:48 p.m.
NH Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, said the racist protesters were “absolutely disgusting.”

How Trump’s actions fueled higher premiums for Maine Obamacare plans

By Patty Wight on Aug. 14, 2017, at 5:50 p.m.
“These increases are much higher than they needed to be.”
A tender ferries passengers back to the cruise ship Crystal Serenity as it sits anchored off Bar Harbor in Frenchman Bay in September 2016. Southwest Harbor and Tremont residents are considering six-month moratoriums on cruise ships in their harbors, fearing greater traffic jams and damage to their fishing industries.

2 more Mount Desert towns consider cruise ship bans

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 14, 2017, at 5:32 p.m.
Some residents fear traffic jams and damage to fishing gear like they see in neighboring Bar Harbor.
Tourists walk around at the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park as the sun breaks through the haze in the sky.

Maine to tap VW settlement cash to try to cut emissions

By Nora Flaherty on Aug. 14, 2017, at 2:44 p.m.
“Bang for the buck in terms of Maine’s air quality is pretty much the primary factor.”
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage’s pay raise offer sways biggest state union to accept ‘right to work’ contract language

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 14, 2017, at 2:17 p.m.
If ratified, the deal would represent a victory for LePage, an opponent of public-sector unions.
U.S. President Donald Trump pauses during a statement on the deadly protests in Charlottesville, at the White House on August 14, 2017.

Trump yields to pressure, calls neo-Nazis and KKK criminals

By Scott Malone and Jeff Mason, Reuters on Aug. 14, 2017, at 1:40 p.m.
“Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs.”
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.