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Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says it’s essential that the special counsel investigating Russian election interference and possible connections to the Trump campaign be allowed to complete his work.

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Maine utility regulators are recommending that an embattled biomass company forfeit 20 percent of its $1 million state subsidy for falling well short on purchases of waste wood from Maine loggers — a reduction that some loggers say is not nearly enough.

Gov. Paul LePage says he’s “readjusting” operations at the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport now that a judge has ruled that his administration lacks the authority to unilaterally close the prison. But while the governor suggests he’ll return some inmates who were transferred and rehire staff who were let go, it’s not clear how many, and an attorney for the workers is concerned because the statement is so vague.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill to require insurance carriers to provide coverage for services provided by naturopathic doctors.
Naturopathy's an alternative medical system that focuses on things like diet, herbs and vitamins instead of pharmaceuticals. The Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors used social media on Monday to urge residents to request an override of the veto.
LePage's veto message says the bill would restrict insurance carriers from constructing provider networks that "deliver quality and cost-effective services.''

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President Trump will visit Manchester Monday, where's he's expected to announce a new plan to battle the nationwide opioid crisis.

Manchester Fire Department Chief Daniel Goonan knows first-hand how big his city’s opioid problem is.

“The more you become involved with this, the bigger you realize the crisis is,” Goonan said.

In May of 2016, Manchester Fire started up what’s called a Safe Station program. Those suffering from drug addiction are provided a path to treatment without worry of arrest or judgement.

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Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King is questioning the timing of the abrupt ouster of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, describing it as mean-spirited.

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A review of state governmental finances shows that lawsuits involving Republican Gov. Paul LePage have cost Maine at least $110,000 since last fall.

LePage sued Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills in October for joining a legal effort in support of protections for young immigrants facing deportation. So far, Maine's general fund has directed about $45,000 to a firm representing the governor in recent lawsuits against Mills.

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Republican Maine State House candidate Leslie Gibson has announced that he is dropping out of the race for the Maine House District 57 seat, representing Greene and Sabattus.

Gibson came under fire for his Twitter remarks about two students who survived the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. He wrote that one of the Parkland survivors was a "skinhead lesbian," and the other a "bald-faced liar." Gibson later apologized to one of the students.

At first it looked like a Republican House candidate, who has been strongly criticized for his Twitter remarks about two students who survived the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was not going to have any opposition in the race. He now has two opponents, including a primary challenger.

Les Gibson, who is seeking the Maine House District 57 seat, representing Greene and Sabattus, wrote that one of the Parkland students was a "skinhead lesbian," the other a "bald-faced liar."

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The field of gubernatorial candidates affiliated with Maine’s two largest political parties has shrunk from 24 to 12.

LePage Says He’ll Submit Orders To Change Maine’s Child Welfare System

Mar 16, 2018
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AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage suggested on Thursday that Maine’s child welfare system may leave too many vulnerable kids with their families and said he will unveil executive orders aimed at shoring up the system after the recent deaths of two girls.


Supporters of the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport are wondering what happens next now that a superior court judge has issued a temporary injunction keeping the jail open until June. The judge sided with the Maine Attorney General, labor unions and the Washington County Commission, ruling that the LePage administration lacks the authority to unilaterally close the prison. 

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Maine Democrats have announced that a party member from Greene will run against a Republican Maine State House candidate from Sabattus, Leslie Gibson, who has been criticized for calling one Florida school shooting survivor a "skinhead lesbian" and another "a bald faced liar."

Democrat Eryn Gilchrist is a political newcomer who works for a medical device company in Bowdoin.

It’s Thursday, and time again for Across the Aisle, our weekly foray into Maine Politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former state lawmaker, Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, who served in a Augusta as a republican, and former independent legislator Dick Woodbury, who is an economist. They spoke with Keith Shortall.


Gov. Paul LePage's nominee to lead the Maine State Housing Authority has failed to clear the Maine Senate.

George Gervais is the governor's economic development commissioner. He was tapped by LePage to lead the housing agency that provides low interest loans to first time homebuyers and which also administers heating assistance programs.

But Democrats on the Legislature's labor committee voted to block Gervais, citing his lack of credentials and lack of cooperation with the committee as a member of the governor's cabinet.