Politics

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Maine Center for Disease Control Director Nirav Shah says the federal government has shipped what could be the state’s last shipment of personal protective equipment, or PPE, for health care workers.

Biddeford native Ross LaJeunesse announced Thursday that he is ending his bid for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Susan Collins.

The head of the Maine AFL-CIO says the pandemic relief measure the U.S. Senate approved Wednesday night will provide relief for workers.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP File

As Maine Gov. Janet Mills takes additional measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, she and other governors are saying residents should brace for a long period of sacrifice to protect public health. But President Donald Trump has begun signaling a dramatically different approach, telling Americans Tuesday that he wants large sections of the economy reopened by mid-April.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Gov. Janet Mills Mills has signed an executive order that adds new restrictions on non-essential businesses. Her order closes public-facing locations and businesses that cannot offer employees enough space to work safely with one another. The new steps come as Maine's total number of cases reached 118. Maine Public's Chief Political Correspondent Steve Mistler broke down the specifics with our All Things Considered host Nora Flaherty.

Maine GOP To Continue Petition Drive To Block Ranked Voting

Mar 23, 2020

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Republican Party will move ahead with a petition drive to try to block a ranked form of voting as much of the state shuts down due to coronavirus.

Susan Walsh / Associated Press

Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says negotiations are underway between Republicans and Democrats over a third stimulus package to help provide loans and other relief to small businesses and their employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Maine’s Congressional delegation is urging the Navy to take steps to protect workers at Bath Iron Works and the Portsmouth Naval shipyard from the spread of the coronavirus.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Before ending the legislative session Tuesday, Maine lawmakers voted overwhelmingly for a bill that gives sweeping powers to Gov. Janet Mills to address the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is sponsoring legislation would provide loans to help keep small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic up and running.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public file

As the number of cases of COVID-19 increases in Maine, state officials are increasingly being asked if they need to mandate closures of certain businesses like restaurants and bars as a way to limit spread of the virus.

Gov. Janet Mills has high praise for legislative members of both parties who have come together on an emergency spending bill of $73 million. The measure changes a variety of state laws to address the coronavirus pandemic.

The executive director of the Maine Council on Aging is urging legislators to move more resources into direct services for seniors, people who are sick, and the homebound as part of preparations for COVID-19.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

The new Coronavirus isn't just infecting people. It has reached, indirectly, into many corners of American life. And, as of this week, cases were confirmed in Maine. Chief Political Correspondent Steve Mistler and Senior Political Correspondent Mal Leary discuss this and significant announcements that the governor made Thursday. 

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Susan Collins Criticizes Federal Coronavirus Response, Urging Trump To 'Step Back'

Mar 13, 2020
Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press/via Bangor Daily News

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins criticized the federal government’s handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak on Friday, characterizing the Trump administration’s messaging as “inconsistent” while saying testing “should be more available than it is.”

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