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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Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree announced Tuesday that she’s not running for governor. The decision ends widespread speculation about her intentions and leaves intact a crowded field of 22 declared candidates, including 10 Democrats.

Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

Earlier this week, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine voted with the GOP-controlled Senate to confirm Judge Steven Grasz to a federal appeals court. She did so despite objections from LGBT and pro-choice groups, and a unanimous unqualified rating from The American Bar Association.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she’s disappointed that the Republican National Committee has resumed its financial backing of Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who faces multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.

Collins’ comments on a national public affairs program Sunday come as other Republicans are also protesting the RNC’s reversal of its previous decision to halt its support of Moore, who faces allegations of sexual misconduct and for pursuing young girls, one as young as age 14.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins last week voted for a sweeping GOP overhaul of the federal tax code after receiving assurances that a pair of bills designed to stabilize the health insurance market will pass by the end of the year.

One bill temporarily restores ACA subsidies to insurers. The second would fund a two-year reinsurance program. But passage of the health care bills has long been in doubt, and the outlook isn’t improving.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District is considering a run for governor, a move that could potentially send shockwaves through a crowded Democratic primary field.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has joined the GOP-controlled Senate to pass a massive and controversial overhaul of the federal tax code. Collins, considered a key swing vote, supported it after securing several changes, drawing praise from conservative groups and widespread condemnation from progressives.

J. Scott Applewhite / Maine Public

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says President Donald Trump should not have pressed senior Republicans to end a Senate Intelligence Committee probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

According to a new report in the New York Times, Trump repeatedly asked GOP leaders, including the chairman of the committee, to complete the investigation.

King responded to the report during an interview Friday on MSNBC.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King says the process to pass a massive overhaul of the federal tax code is the worst he's ever seen.

During an interview with MSNBC Friday, King reiterated statements he made from the Senate floor Thursday, saying the proposal is too big and too consequential to be rushed.

"The Bangor City Council wouldn't amend the leash law using this process," he said.

King criticized GOP leaders for writing the tax bill in secret and for not holding a single hearing to vet the proposal.

Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is no stranger to the national spotlight. But now she’s under intense scrutiny as the Senate prepares to vote on a massive Republican tax bill that rewrites major provisions of the U.S. tax code.

The LePage administration is hoping to continue a business incentive program that was designed to spur job creation in the state’s most economically depressed areas. But the Legislature’s watchdog agency says the Pine Tree Development Zone program, scheduled to expire at the end of next year, is poorly designed and doesn’t work very well.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Gorham businessman Shawn Moody launched his second run for governor Tuesday, this time as a Republican.

Moody hit topics familiar to conservative audiences, including welfare, supporting veterans and a business approach to government.  Mainers are tired of just getting by," he said. "It's time to get ahead."

Moody, who finished fourth out of five candidates as an independent seven years ago, has enlisted several political advisors to Gov. Paul LePage to bolster his run.

Darron Cummings / Associated Press

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap is increasing the pressure on President Trump's election fraud commission to release documents he says have been withheld from him.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says the proposal to repeal a key component of the Affordable Care Act in the GOP tax overhaul could wipe out any tax break middle-income Americans might get under the plan.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Ivanka Trump and Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins joined forces Friday in the southern Maine town of Biddeford to tout the need for a federal tax overhaul that could affect every single American and business owner.

Kevin Bennett / For Maine Public

The state has lost its bid to purchase a $1.2 million conservation easement to protect a remote plantation of sugar maples in Somerset County.