Politics

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

This week, Maine Public’s Irwin Gratz speaks with Senior Political Correspondent Mal Leary and Statehouse Bureau Chief Steve Mistler about the Republican Primary in the 2nd Congressional District.

Historically, the district has leaned conservative, and it did vote for Donald Trump in 2016. But it was represented for years by a Democrat, Mike Michaud, and Democrat Jared Golden won the seat back from the GOP in 2018.

The race to challenge Golden has drawn three Republican contenders.

Alex Brandon / AP File

In the wake of this week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on an abortion case, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has come under renewed attack for her vote to confirm U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh two years ago. Collins continues to defend her support of Kavanaugh, and she says she believes that she will be reelected in November.

Fred Bever / Maine Public File

There have been many conversations about "political correctness" - what it means, how it's used, whether it's a good thing or a bad thing. Political correctness is often characterized as a left-leaning pretense criticized by those unsympathetic to a position. For example, some have dismissed calls to ban certain racial epithets or certain racist symbols as P.C. But one professor at Colby College argues that some long standing institutions, such as the police themselves, are the beneficiaries of P.C. thinking.

Tom Porter / Maine Public/file

After hours of lengthy debate Tuesday night, the Portland School Board voted to end its agreement with the city's police department and remove its two school resource officers.

The U.S. House today takes up a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District says incorporates important climate change goals laid out by a special House committee.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is under renewed political scrutiny Monday for supporting the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in the wake of the Court’s divided decision that struck down a Louisiana law restricting abortion.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she’s outraged by a report in the New York Times this weekend that a Russian military intelligence unit had secretly offered bounties to the Taliban for killing American troops and their allies in Afghanistan.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

You would probably have to go back to the 1960s to find the last time politicians were pushed this hard by public opinion to act on the issue of racial injustice. But several protests have swept through the country, including several in Maine. Portland recently reported that 2500 people took part in one of them.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's U.S. senators are joining a push to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in America and takes place on June 19.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP File

A half-dozen Republican members of the Maine House of Representatives are calling for a special session of the legislature to deal with spending and other issues related to the pandemic.

Michael York / Associated Press

BANGOR, Maine - The Bangor City Council is scheduled to discuss a proposal from the Penobscot Nation to remove a controversial monument.

Maine’s two U.S. Senators were among those on the Senate Intelligence Committee who questioned CIA Inspector General-nominee Peter Thomson Wednesday about his independence from the Trump administration.

The town of Lincoln has been roiled by a number of racially insensitive or racist social media posts made by town and school officials and a local policeman in the last few days. Tony Hallett, a reporter for The Lincoln News, has been following the issue. Hallett talked with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz about the posts and how the town is being affected by them.

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President Donald Trump's decision this weekend to remove a prominent prosecutor whose office is investigating the president's business associates has sparked an outcry from some members of Congress and former U.S. district attorneys.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

More than 120 people of all ages turned out in the tiny town of Deer Isle Sunday for a peaceful, anti-racism gathering, after a noose was found hanging from a utility line and several Black Lives Matter signs were vandalized.

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