Politics

Maine Gov. Janet Mills, who is attending the summer meeting of the National Governors Association in Salt Lake City, says she’ll make a pitch to have next year’s meeting in Maine.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who serves on the Appropriations Committee, says while a new two-year budget deal sets overall federal spending levels, the details will still have to be negotiated on Capitol Hill.

Green Candidate’s Entry Pushes Maine Toward Ranked-Choice US Senate Race In 2020

Jul 23, 2019
Courtesy of Maine Green Independent Party / via Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Green candidate from Waldo County is expected to announce his 2020 candidacy for U.S. Senate this week, increasing the likelihood that the nationally targeted race for the seat held by Republican Susan Collins will be decided by ranked-choice voting.

A legislative task force created to review issues that have emerged from the 40-year-old Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement law held its first meeting on Monday. One of the major issues involves tribal sovereignty.

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Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King spent part of the weekend on the Texas border with Mexico, joining a group of about a dozen Senate Democrats who traveled to McAllen, Texas, for a firsthand look at conditions in holding facilities for asylum seekers.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

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.

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