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Sen. King: 'Too Much At Stake' To Confirm Kavanaugh

Sep 13, 2018
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press/file

U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine said in a Wednesday statement that he will oppose Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, citing “an overly rigid judicial philosophy” and a lack of transparency on his record.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the coast of South Carolina and thousands are being evacuated in what has been called “the storm of a lifetime,” hundreds of miles north, Maine isn’t feeling much of an impact. One particular effect from the storm is emerging along Maine’s southern coast — an increase in surfing.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Call it a potential match made in prison.

Elise Amendola / Associated Press File

The University of Maine System announced plans Wednesday to double enrollment in its nursing program in response to the state’s workforce shortage.

Courtesy University of Maine

Forest officials warn of impending disaster after the discovery of the destructive emerald ash borer in Maine — for the second time.

A program that’s expected to lower premiums on Maine’s individual health insurance market is set to take effect next January. That’s also when one of the mechanisms to fund the reinsurance program called MGARA kicks in — a monthly surcharge on all health insurance policyholders in the state.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

The four candidates running to become Maine’s next governor participated in their first forum in Lewiston Monday night. The event was hosted by the Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and accordingly focused on a slate of business and economic issues.

The Lobster Co.

Two months after new tariffs on sales of live lobsters from the U.S. to China took effect, exports are down nearly 30 percent and Maine lobster dealers are feeling the effects. Some are laying off workers, while others are scrambling to find new markets.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he will let a massive tax bill that makes Maine’s tax code conform to some federal tax policy changes become law, but without his signature.

Maine Public illustration

All four Maine gubernatorial candidates will meet in Lewiston on Monday for their first debate.

Portland Sea Dogs President Charlie Eshbach is stepping down. Eshbach announced today that he'll become a senior advisor for the team after 25 seasons heading the Double-A franchise.

Geoff Iacuessa, the team's current vice president and general manager will take over Eshbach's duties, the team says in a press release issued Monday.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

In the wake of the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year, schools across Maine are taking steps to respond and increasing security measures.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has withdrawn his nominations for positions on dozens of state boards and agencies, and he vows to not present any more nominations before he leaves office. This move comes a day after two of his nominees were rejected by a bipartisan majority of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee.

Eric Risberg / AP Photo

Republican Second District Congressperson Bruce Poliquin is urging Mainers who disagree with Nike's decision to use former NFL player Colin Kaepernick in its new ad campaign to vote with their dollars — and their feet.

Maine Public staff

The progressive group that spent more than $190 million in the 2016 election is using a unique social media tactic to influence the Maine race for governor.