Politics

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

As the controversy around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh roils Washington, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine faces intense pressure at home.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she was appalled by a tweet from President Trump criticizing the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault. The tweet questions why Christine Blasey Ford failed to report the alleged crime at the time.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine legislators have decided activists can't project political messages onto the Maine State House, saying the building should be maintained as a "neutral institution of democracy.''

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

The 55 or so people who assembled outside Sen. Susan Collins' Bangor office Thursday pulled no punches, as they condemned what they view as the senator's failure to support a survivor of sexual assault.

Pro-Solar Coalition Sues, Claiming New Metering Rules Violate Maine Law

Sep 21, 2018
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News/file

A coalition fighting new state rules that reduce solar power incentives has filed a new lawsuit against Maine’s Public Utilities Commission, arguing that regulators violated state law by approving rules that will raise their costs of connecting to the grid.

It’s geographically vast and rural.  It was held by Democrats for nearly 20 years and most recently by a Republican. But now, it’s been identified as a seat that’s up for grabs. This week on Maine’s Political Pulse, we’re talking about Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. Sharing their insights on that four-way race are Maine Public political reporters Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.  They spoke with Maine Public’s Deputy News Director Susan Sharon.

The legal battle over implementation of the voter-approved expansion of Medicaid is heating up.

Several towns have banded together to advocate for more state funding for some Maine school districts. The campaign, called "Raise The Floor," wants the state to provide more money to what are known as "minimum receiver" districts.

A new report estimates that 27,000 Mainers would be eligible for services if voters approve a ballot question this November to establish universal home care.

Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says professor Christine Blasey Ford should testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s, but Ford wants an FBI investigation first.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue was in western Maine Wednesday and spent more than an hour listening to comments about the needs of rural areas.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Maine’s School Revolving Renovation Fund was established some 20 years ago to help districts face the challenges of fixing aging schools, which have made tough choices due to years of underfunding. But that fund has yet to reach its financial goals, and now has little money left.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Democratic candidate Janet Mills attempted to lay claim Tuesday to a key issue in the four-way race for governor — the economy. She presented a range of initiatives designed to encourage small-business growth while addressing Maine’s dearth of skilled workers and and its aging labor pool.

Just before it adjourned earlier this month, the Maine House of Representatives passed an order asking the Maine Supreme Court to interpret a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could allow casino gambling on tribal lands without state approval. 

National Park Maintenance Backlog To Draw Members Of Congress To Acadia

Sep 18, 2018
Bill Trotter / Bangor Daily News

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Members of Maine’s congressional delegation are coming to visit the only national park in the state this week to learn more about Acadia’s $59.8 million maintenance backlog.

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