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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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will visit Maine Thursday when he attends a grassroots meeting in Portland.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

A Maine group that can shield the identities of its donors is ramping up efforts to erode support for Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins ahead of her anticipated reelection bid.

Nick Godfrey / Maine Public

In prepared remarks following two deadly mass shootings last weekend in Texas and Ohio, President Donald Trump vowed to give federal authorities the tools they need to investigate and stop domestic terror attacks. But news reports indicate that since taking office, the president's administration has diverted resources away from the monitoring and disruption of these kinds of attacks. 

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Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was greeted by protesters Thursday when she arrived for a campaign fundraiser in Northeast Harbor hosted by the man often described as President Donald Trump's "judge whisperer."

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The lead campaign committee for Republican U.S. Senate candidates has deployed mobile billboards in Portland and Freeport depicting Democratic candidate Betsy Sweet as being in the company of far left politicians. The ads are actually intended to help Sweet’s campaign.

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In the immediate aftermath of two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas that left at least 31 dead, Maine's four members of Congress were quick to condemn the hatred and bigotry that appears to have motivated the alleged gunmen.

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Maine's former 2nd District congressman, Bruce Poliquin, says he won't attempt to reclaim the seat he lost last year to Democrat Jared Golden.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

Officials in the city of Portland are racing the clock to find housing for more than 200 migrant families who unexpectedly arrived after a long, dangerous journey through the U.S.-Mexico border last month. But as the Aug. 15 deadline approaches to close the makeshift shelter currently housing the families, city officials say some migrants are turning down housing in neighboring communities.

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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.

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The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is launching a statewide marketing campaign to promote a website designed to connect parents and child care providers.

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Democrats at the national level and in Maine are using a multipronged strategy to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in 2020. The plan includes the creation of a new nonprofit group that can shield its donors and operate in a legal gray area that has been increasingly exploited by political organizations in recent elections.

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Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon is announcing her bid to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in 2020.  The Freeport Democrat announced her candidacy in a press statement and video that attempted to portray Collins as out of touch with Mainers.

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Democratic lawmakers in the Maine Legislature have given early approval to a bill that would allow non-citizens to qualify for a range of welfare benefits, including food, cash and health benefit assistance.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Two big changes could shake up Maine's election process in the 2020 presidential race, following key votes by the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

The Maine Legislature has sent a $688 million highway budget to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.

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