Politics

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Gov. Janet Mills is scheduled to deliver her first State of the State address to the Maine Legislature Tuesday night.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Maine Senate President Troy Jackson announced a new bill Friday that he says will increase access to quality child care for Maine's most vulnerable families. It has the backing of several educators, child advocates and businesses, who say that improving child care is critical for both Maine families and for the state’s economy.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

Maine's two U.S. Representatives were joined by House colleagues from both parties Friday at Bath Iron Works (BIW) to deliver a simple message: "we've got your back."

Rebecca Conley

It's Friday and time again for Maine’s Political Pulse with Mal Leary, Steve Mistler and Irwin Gratz.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine utility spent more than $2.3 million in the most recent quarter to rally against a potential statewide vote about whether it can build a transmission line to bring hydropower from Canada.

Maine Public File

The 2020 elections won't just be about the race for the White House, Congress or the Maine Legislature. The elections will also be about vaccinations for school children and, potentially, whether Central Maine Power should be able to build a $1 billion power line that helps Massachusetts meet its renewable energy goals. 

More than two dozen environmental groups that make up the Environmental Priorities Coalition have unveiled their agenda for the legislative session. Land conservation, clean water and increased recycling are near the top of the list.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A group that wants to overturn Maine's law eliminating religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations has raised more than three times more money than supporters of the law.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public/file

A new report is proposing sweeping changes in the way Maine’s tribes interact with state government. The findings come from a task force charged with reviewing the landmark 1980 Indian land claims act.

With the cost of enforcing the Clean Water Act on the rise and the decline of federal grants, Maine lawmakers are considering a 40 percent increase in the license fees assessed to polluters.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Maine Gov. Janet Mills Tuesday announced new incentives intended to encourage more Maine homes and businesses to install energy efficient heat pumps.

PORTLAND, Maine - The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to clear the air about a new office in Maine's largest city.

Sept. 11 would become a state holiday under a proposal before the Maine Legislature.

Fred Bever / Maine Public/file

A ballot question committee representing the Canadian energy company Hydro-Quebec could face a significant fine from state election regulators for the late disclosure of campaign activity. Meanwhile, a state lawmaker is trying to stop the company’s efforts to convince Maine voters to approve a controversial $1 billion transmission project at the ballot box in November.

R.J. Stratchko/U.S. Navy / via Wikimedia Commons

A proposal being floated by Trump adminstration officials to cut numbers of the kind of destroyers built at Bath Iron Works is going nowhere. That's according to two members of Maine's congressional delegation who serve on their respective Armed Services Committees.

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