Three years ago, candidate Donald Trump rose to the Presidency with the help of Evangelical Christians. But why did they support his cause, and will they support him again in 2020? These are questions that NPR’s Tom Gjelten has been exploring in his reporting over the past few years. As he told Maine Calling’s Jennifer Rooks, while Trump won the backing of more than 80 percent of white evangelicals in 2016, there are growing points of conflict, including the president’s recent decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria.

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Maine’s two Senators say there is overwhelming support in the Senate for a resolution disapproving of President Trump’s sudden decision to pull all U.S. troops out of Syria.


Maine Congressman Jared Golden is calling for public input and for greater transparency as the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers considers permits for Central Maine Power Company's (CMP) controversial transmission line through western Maine. Golden has written a strongly worded letter to the Corps asking for at least one public hearing and for past communications with federal environmental regulators about the project.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins continues to build a formidable war chest for her likely 2020 reelection bid, even as she was outpaced last quarter by Democratic challenger Sara Gideon.

Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 8 p.m. NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time.


A national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is calling for the resignation of Hal Pierce, chair of the Combat Sports Authority of Maine, over a series of Facebook posts.

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The opening of a new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Portland has sparked ire from some city residents.

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Maine has turned down requests from the U.S. Census Bureau to hand over driver's license records that include citizenship information and race.

Twelve of the Democrats seeking their party’s nomination in the 2020 presidential race will take the debate stage Tuesday evening, but Maine political scientists say few voters are paying much attention.

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Two hundred years ago, delegates from 236 Maine cities and towns were in Portland, beginning to craft what would become the state constitution. Historian Herb Adams, speaking with Irwin Gratz, says the delegates came from all walks of life, and grappled with fundamental issues of governance, among other matters.

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A continuing resolution to keep the federal government operating until November 21 includes a temporary authorization for the Export-Import bank.

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Maine's Congressional delegation announced Friday that the city of Portland, Preble Street Resource Center and the Jewish Community Alliance will receive nearly $900,000 in federal funding for the aid that they provided to hundreds of asylum seekers who arrived in Maine this summer. The bulk of the funding is being awarded to Portland's family shelter.

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This week, host Irwin Gratz speaks with statehouse bureau chief Steve Mistler and chief political correspondent Mal Leary about the race for Maine’s 2nd District seat. It was one the seats that Democrats flipped in the 2018 Congressional election when Jared Golden narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Bruce Poliquin. Another close race is possible coming up as more Republican's have entered the race.

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The Poor People’s Campaign, a movement originally organized by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., made a stop in Portland Thursday night on its national  “We Must Do More” tour.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Janet Mills is in Iceland to deliver remarks to the Arctic Circle Assembly. The governor's remarks on Friday focus on strengthening the collaboration between Maine and Arctic nations, building a sustainable economy and combatting climate change.