Politics

Morry Gash / AP

As many states, including Maine, prepare to hold their spring — and now summer — primary elections, Congress is weighing another round of relief funding to help them pay for safety equipment and other voting expenses created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Without more relief aid from Congress, government services that the public depends on could be seriously reduced or eliminated. That’s the message coming from state and local municipal officials, and from national labor leaders.

Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says the federal government is releasing $300 million in emergency funds to help the nation's seafood sector — including $20 million for Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Maine Gov. Janet Mills on Thursday announced a new partnership with a subsidiary of IDEXX Laboratories of Westbrook that could triple the state’s testing capacity for Covid-19. 

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Maine Gov. Janet Mills says she plans to make a "major announcement" at Thursday's COVID-19 briefing, scheduled for noon.

US Shelves Detailed Guide To Reopening Country

May 7, 2020

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Trump administration has shelved a set of detailed documents created by the nation's top disease investigators meant to give step-by-step advice to local leaders deciding when and how to reopen public places during the still-raging pandemic.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Members of the Maine legislature’s Labor and Housing Committee met in person and electronically with Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman Wednesday afternoon in an unusual hearing on the state's response to the surge in unemployment applications. Committee members had dozens of questions about the problems with providing benefits to tens of thousands of Mainers who've lost work as a result of the pandemic.

Maine Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman will appear before the Legislature’s Labor and Housing Committee Wednesday to talk about the state's efforts to get unemployment to Mainers who have lost income because of COVID-19.

President Donald Trump has nominated U.S. Rep. John Ratcliff of Texas to be director of national intelligence. U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine joined their colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee, spending hours on Tuesday questioning the nominee.

Maine GOP Lawmakers Want To Strip Janet Mills Of Emergency Power, Let Businesses Reopen

May 3, 2020
Troy R. Bennett / BDN

AUGUSTA, Maine — Minority Republicans in the Maine Legislature want to reconvene and end the coronavirus state of emergency declared by Gov. Janet Mills, which would allow all businesses to reopen but would require unlikely Democratic support.

Maine Public File

The Maine Voting and Elections Coalition is submitting a petition to Gov. Janet Mills this week asking her to assure that the July primary is as accessible as possible.

The Senate returns to Washington this week, but one of Maine’s two Senators believes the coronavirus pandemic is not getting the level of attention it deserves.

Maine Public File

Municipal election officials across the state are exploring options for conducting the July primary elections without many of the poll workers that they have come to depend on. Some workers say they won’t be showing up because of concerns about the coronavirus.

BANGOR, Maine - Senators from Maine and West Virginia are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to improve access to mobile broadband hotspots in rural parts of the country.

PORTLAND, Maine - Leaders in the Maine Legislature are calling on the federal government to protect the lobster fishery in the wake of a ruling about protection of rare whales.

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