Steve Mistler

Chief Political Correspondent and State House Bureau Chief

Steve has been a journalist for nearly two decades, specializing in the coverage of politics and state government. His work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Newspaper and Press Association for investigative projects and accountability journalism. He was named the MPA’s Journalist of the Year in 2011 for his coverage of municipal government for The Forecaster in Falmouth and, later, for his coverage of state government for the Sun Journal in Lewiston.

Steve became the state house bureau chief for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram in 2012. After four years with Maine’s largest daily newspaper, Steve made the leap to radio journalism, joining Maine Public in May 2016.

Steve is married with one child and has two crazy dogs. His family lives in Brunswick.

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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.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Maine will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day for the first time Monday, since the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Gov. Janet Mills changed the holiday from Columbus Day.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

As the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump slogs forward, Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins faces a big dilemma — again.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Maine independent U.S. Sen. Angus King says President Donald Trump's phone call this summer with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky looks like an attempted transaction, and is worth exploring through the House impeachment inquiry.

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Maine’s two House members and two Senators are staking out different positions on the impeachment question.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Former state Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn kicked off his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of the 2nd District at a diner in Auburn on Tuesday.

A self-described libertarian Republican, Brakey told a crowd of roughly 50 supporters at Rolly’s Diner that he’s running on a platform of liberty from government regulation, government-run health care and needless involvement in foreign wars.

Eric Gray / AP

In August, the Pew Research Center released a poll showing a sharp increase in the number of Americans who view climate change as a major threat to the well-being of the country ⁠— from 40 percent in 2013 to 57 percent now. And it is of particular concern to Democratic voters, as reflected by the emergence of climate change as a leading issue in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

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The Maine National Guard is confirming that a unit of the air guard's refueling wing last year stopped at a Scottish airport and stayed at President Trump's nearby luxury resort.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills will allow a bill to become law next year that extends Maine’s landmark ranked-choice voting system to be used in presidential elections.

Elise Amendola / AP

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, will visit Maine Saturday to promote his presidential bid.

Mary Schwalm

There's been a recent surge in Democratic presidential candidates visiting Maine, as New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced Tuesday that he'll campaign in Portland on Saturday. The flurry of campaign stops — three in a little over a week — illustrate a new electoral landscape for independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who dominated the Democratic caucuses in Maine in 2016. Sanders on Sunday drew a sellout crowd for a rally at the State Theatre in Portland, but his candidacy and his supporters are confronting a new political dynamic that the progressive firebrand from Vermont helped create.

Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press

Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will hold two presidential campaign events in Portland over Labor Day weekend.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Republicans in the Maine Legislature voted on Monday to stymie more than half of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ $163 million proposed borrowing package.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg revved up a capacity crowd at the State Theatre in Portland Thursday, in the first of what's expected to be a series of visits from White House hopefuls to Maine.

Pete Buttigieg's campaign wasn't the only Democratic presidential one to target Maine Thursday.  Former Ohio Sen. Nina Turner addressed crowds in Portland on behalf of Bernie Sanders. 

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