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Bruce Poliquin backs GOP bid to smother carbon tax

Maine lawmakers split this week on a U.S. House vote to condemn the idea of a carbon tax to fight climate change, though no...

NFL, NFLPA call timeout on national anthem policy

The NFL halted implementation of its new national anthem policy under an agreement with the NFL Players Association. The sides announced the deal Thursday night....

Donald Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animals and plants and limiting habitat safeguards meant to shield...

Trump administration extends special protections for small group of Somalis

The Trump administration has extended special protections for a small group of Somalis living in the United States, after dismantling the same program for...

White House invites Vladimir Putin to Washington for fall meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by criticism over his Helsinki summit, President Donald Trump extended an invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet in...

Maine Supreme Court grapples with Medicaid expansion case

Maine Supreme Court justices heard lively arguments Wednesday over whether to allow the LePage administration to continue to delay filing plans with federal officials to expand...

Federal voter fraud commission documents released

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap was notified Wednesday that he will receive, within 24 hours, documents related to a presidential commission on voting integrity he served...

Got milk? Maybe not if it’s from an almond or soybean

NEW YORK (AP) — Soy and almond drinks that bill themselves as “milk” may need to consider alternative language after a top regulator suggested...

Trump says defending Montenegro, where LePage just visited, could lead to WWIII

https://youtu.be/wqVg8byadj0 President Trump, who rattled U.S. allies at a NATO meeting last week, voiced concern in a television interview broadcast Tuesday night that sending troops...

Court taking up LePage administration's Medicaid policy today

AUGUSTA — Maine’s highest court will hear arguments Wednesday over the LePage administration’s refusal to begin offering Medicaid coverage to tens of thousands of...

Golden calls Poliquin "astonishingly weak" on Russia

LEWISTON — Democratic U.S. House candidate Jared Golden said Tuesday that  Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin displayed “astonishingly weak” leadership in his comments about what...

Donald Trump says he misspoke on Russia meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to "clarify" his public...

Paul LePage visits Montenegro but his office is mum on details

https://youtu.be/FmmLCyxn8uA AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage is in Montenegro this week to commemorate a partnership between the Maine National Guard and the young Balkan nation. LePage...

Republicans join Democrats in condemning Trump's remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Bizarre." ''Shameful." ''Disgraceful." That's the swift and sweeping condemnation directed at President Donald Trump on Monday after he sided with Russian President...

Maine’s delegation criticizes Trump for casting doubt about Russia’s role in election meddling

Members of Maine’s congressional delegation criticized President Trump on Monday after his much-anticipated summit with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during which Trump again downplayed...

Every current Supreme Court justice attended Harvard or Yale. Why that matters

WASHINGTON — It is not hard to see similarities between President Donald Trump's last two Supreme Court nominees: They are both white male conservatives...

Paul LePage defends hold up on public campaign funds

PORTLAND (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Friday defended his refusal to release over $1 million in overdue public campaign funds to more...

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says law enforcement plays critical role in opioid fight

Law enforcement has an important role to play in helping the nation respond to the opioid drug crisis, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said...

12 Russians indicted for hacking Democrats in 2016

WASHINGTON - A dozen Russian intelligence officers have been charged with conspiring to hack Democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new...

Congressional race called a toss-up in Maine's 2nd District

Things just got tougher for U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s bid for a third term in Maine’s hardscrabble 2nd District. The Cook Political Report, a respected...

In Maine, is GOP linked to flurry of anonymous attacks?

Ben Chin, a 32-year-old Democrat, ran away with the preliminary vote in November for mayor of Lewiston, the second-largest city in Maine. But he could not avoid a runoff with City Councilor Shane Bouchard, a...
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Lewiston voters turn out in droves despite storm

LEWISTON — Voters were so eager to cast ballots in the mayoral runoff election Tuesday, they began lining up at 6:30 a.m. — 30 minutes before the polls opened. "I've never seen that at any...