Politics

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recently released data tracking opioid pill distribution from 2006 to 2012. It shows more opioid pills were handed out in Penobscot county than in any other county in New England. But by 2016, Maine had already moved to address issues of overprescribing. The state passed a law that set education and training standards for opioid prescribers.

Maine’s two senators, who serve on the Senate Intelligence Committee, say they are concerned about reports that President Trump may replace Dan Coats as the Director of National Intelligence.

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Last year, Mainers were subjected to 93 million robocalls. That’s an average of 73 calls per person. At a hearing of the Senate Aging Committee, experts warned that number is expected to go up this year.

The U.S. House of Representatives tabled a resolution to impeach President Trump on Wednesday.

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine senator says a plan to boost innovation and job growth in rural areas by providing money for broadband access would benefit his state, much of which is forested and sparsely populated.

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With 17 months to go before the 2020 election, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has already amassed more campaign cash than she did in three of her previous four congressional contests.

Both of Maine's U.S. House representatives, Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, voted Tuesday in favor of a resolution condemning President Donald Trump for a series of racist tweets about four Democratic lawmakers.

BREWER, Maine - Former Republican Gov. Paul LePage is giving his endorsement to the Maine Senate bid of a conservative agitator who once accused Democrats of waging a "war on whites."

Congressional confirmation hearings continued Tuesday to fill the role of secretary of defense. Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King told nominee Mark Esper he is worried about an accidental war breaking out in the Gulf region of the Middle East.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Congressional delegation is getting involved in a push to extend federal aid to members of the state's wild blueberry industry.

LEWISTON, Maine - A retired Air Force general plans to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Susan Collins.

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President Donald Trump continued his attack on four freshmen, minority congresswomen on Monday, calling them anti-American Communists who hate Jews, and rejecting critics who called him out for being deliberately divisive and racist.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

More than 1,000 people working to address the opioid crisis in Maine met for a daylong summit in Augusta on Monday. Gov. Janet Mills says the goal is to foster collaboration between health providers, law enforcement and the recovery community to better respond to a public health issue that kills nearly one Mainer a day.

PORTLAND, Maine - Republican Sen. Susan Collins's campaign says she has brought in $2 million in the second quarter of 2019.

WISCASSET, Maine - A proposal before the U.S. Senate would seek to help communities around the country that face the expensive problem of storing spent nuclear fuel.

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