Maine's Political Pulse

This week on Maine's Political Pulse: As President Joe Biden calls for unity to fix a yawning political divide, his pandemic relief proposal hits a partisan snag. We'll discuss how Maine's two senators might factor in a compromise.

“Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished.”
— Amanda Gorman, 22, inaugural poet.

There’s no cheering in the press box, but an exception can be made when contemplating Gorman’s optimistic view of the republic.

This week on Maine's Political Pulse:

President Donald Trump is impeached for a second time. Three of Maine's four congressional representatives emphatically support it — could Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins become the fourth?

This week’s historic second impeachment of President Donald Trump by the U.S. House of Representatives is supported by three of Maine’s four members of Congress — and possibly the fourth.

This week on Maine's Political Pulse, the failed insurrection at the nation's Capitol. We'll discuss the fallout from disturbing events that hit too close to home.


The turn of the calendar year comes with an instinct to reset.

This week on Maine's Political Pulse:

— As 2020 comes to a close, we look back at the tumultuous year in Maine politics. From Gov. Janet Mills' pandemic response to the big elections that dominated the news, our year in review remembers where we've been to see where we might be going.

A lot happened in politics in 2020. Too much.

But despite the news’ fast pace, the year often felt like a long, terrible car ride to a destination unknown. Ignoring our pleas to hurry up, the driver slowly tugged us through a kaleidoscope of stupefying, horrible and extraordinary events.

Are we there yet? No.

To understand where we might be going, we need to remember where we’ve been.

January

The new year begins the way the old one ended.

This week on Maine's Political Pulse:

— Former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon faces questions about what she'll do with nearly $15 million in unspent campaign cash and why her campaign continued to ask for more through Election Day.

— Gov. Janet Mills considers publicly getting the vaccine for the coronavirus to boost public confidence.

On Nov. 3, the final day of voting, the campaign for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon sent an email to donors containing all the hallmarks of modern donation solicitations.

Electors representing Maine’s four electoral votes will cast their ballots Monday for president and vice president, an event that will further cement president-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

This week on Maine's Political Pulse:

— New tax filings offer a glimpse at the liberal dark money operation that attempted to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins. We'll explain how that operation worked and its impact on the race.

— How one of president-elect Biden's cabinet picks could be in trouble for, of all things, mean tweets.

In the summer of 2019, a nonprofit group headed by a Democratic political operative began its sustained campaign to help Democrats unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

Maine Momentum was part of an elaborate effort to take down Collins, who was already considered vulnerable because of controversial votes she took during the Trump presidency. It was well staffed and clearly well funded, but the source of its funding was a mystery because it was legally allowed to shield its donors.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

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