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New sexual-misconduct accusation rocks Kavanaugh nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second allegation of sexual misconduct has emerged against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a development that has further imperiled his nomination to...

Maine political strategist finds himself in Mueller’s crosshairs

Four years before working to boost participation in Iraq’s first democratic elections in generations – and nearly two decades before his lobbying for foreign...

Bruce Poliquin: Ignoring the ‘noise’ to help others

His Waterville roots, energy, rapport with people and a 'calling' to give back infuse Poliquin's political perspective. Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final...

Donald Trump wants to rid Justice Department of 'lingering stench'

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump has issued an ominous warning about the Justice Department and the FBI, promising more firings to rid...

Governor candidate Caron made nearly $1 million last year; Moody’s income is under wraps

Three of the four candidates in the race to be Maine’s next governor released copies of their state and federal tax returns at the...

Rod Rosenstein denies that he proposed secretly taping Trump and invoking 25th Amendment

WASHINGTON — Memos written by Andrew McCabe, then the acting FBI director, say deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein suggested he secretly record his talks...

Susan Collins is appalled by Trump's criticism of Christine Blasey Ford

Maine Sen. Susan Collins said she was “appalled” by President Trump’s tweets Friday morning that criticized Christine Blasey Ford for not coming forward sooner...

Maine bans projecting political messages on State House

AUGUSTA — Legislative leaders voted Thursday to prohibit political messages from being projected onto the Maine State House in what they said was an effort...

Slew of positive reports show US economy still on solid track

The U.S. economy is doing just fine, thank you. A string of reports on Thursday showed the labor market is getting stronger, consumers are increasingly...

Susan Collins: It's 'not fair' if Christine Blasey Ford doesn't testify

BANGOR — Maine's Republican senator says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford should testify, and added that she's "saddened" by the...

Ron Wyden says state-backed hackers are targeting U.S. senators and staffers

Foreign government hackers continue to target the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and the Senate's security office has refused...

State denies teaching credentials to former Democratic lawmaker accused of inappropriate behavior

A former Westbrook lawmaker who resigned his seat amid allegations he engaged in inappropriate relationships with female students can no longer teach, coach or...

Donald Trump says alleged assault by Kavanaugh is ‘very hard for me to imagine’

 WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that it is "very hard for me to imagine anything happened" between Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the...

Republican National Committee offers support to Shawn Moody

AUGUSTA — Touting Shawn Moody’s background as a “self-made man,” the Republican National Committee on Tuesday issued a statement of support for the Republican...

Janet Mills releases economic ‘action plan’

AUGUSTA — Gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills unveiled an “action plan” Tuesday that would create a “one-stop shop” for businesses, provide no-interest loans to help...

PUC rules that CMP and Emera prepared 'reasonably' for Oct. 29 storm

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has concluded that Central Maine Power and Emera Maine responded “reasonably” to an intense rain and wind storm last...

Susan Collins wants attorneys to be able to question Kavanaugh and his accuser at...

Sen. Susan Collins is asking the chairman and ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee to allow an attorney for Supreme Court justice nominee Brett...

Five ways the tariffs on $200 billion in China goods could be felt

BALTIMORE (AP) — By imposing taxes on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods, President Donald Trump has intensified a battle of wills between...

Showdown between Kavanaugh, accuser scheduled for next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are forging ahead with plans for a Senate hearing they had hoped to avoid on a woman's claims that Brett...

Susan Collins wants more testimony from Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of...

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine was among the small group of Republican senators Monday who called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold...

Ethics commission says slashing casino campaign fine was in state’s best interests

The Maine ethics commission voted Wednesday to accept a $100,000 payment from the backers of a failed 2017 ballot question campaign that asked voters to approve a York County casino. The 4-0 vote could be...

Ethics staff wants to lower fine against casino campaign because it’s unlikely to be...

AUGUSTA – The backers of a failed referendum drive to bring a casino to York County in 2017 could be getting a major reduction in the fine they owe for violating Maine’s campaign finance...