Politics

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Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says Republican members of Congress who challenged the certification of the 2020 presidential election share some responsibility for last weeks events at the capital.

This week on Maine's Political Pulse, the failed insurrection at the nation's Capitol. We'll discuss the fallout from disturbing events that hit too close to home.

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Gov. Janet Mills is proposing a two-year budget of $8.4 billion, a spending plan bolstered by federal pandemic relief funding and better-than-expected revenue forecasts.

The images of extremist supporters of President Donald Trump storming the U.S. Capitol Building resembled a political cataclysm on foreign soil.

Yet the sights and sounds were distinctly American.

“1776! 1776!” the crowd chanted at one point as it made its way down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol.

One man was asked by NPR reporter Hannah Allam what he wanted to see when he got there.

Kris Bridges / For Maine Public

Support for removing President Donald Trump from office within the next two weeks is growing on Capitol Hill.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press file

Former Secretary of State William Cohen says President Donald Trump’s conduct during yesterday’s breach at the Capital Building is grounds for removal from office.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Thirteen more people have died from COVID-19 in Maine. The state’s death toll now stands at 385.

Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

As extremist supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday stormed the U.S. Capitol Building and clashed with police in an attempt to overturn the election, members of Maine’s congressional delegation are reporting that they are sheltering in secure locations and safe.

Kris Bridges / For Maine Public

More than a dozen Republicans in the U.S. Senate and over a hundred in the house are planning to challenge the presidential electoral vote at a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Federal lawmakers from Maine say that effort will fail.

Former Democratic state Sen. Shenna Bellows sworn in on Monday as Maine’s secretary of state.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King is sharply critical efforts by some Republican lawmakers to challenge the electoral votes of the states when Congress convenes to certify them this week.

State Public Advocate Barry Hobbins has submitted legislation that would exempt low-income Mainers from the sales tax on electricity.


Maine public health officials said on Thursday that some health care workers not directly employed by hospitals will begin getting coronavirus vaccinations next week.

The turn of the calendar year comes with an instinct to reset.

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