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    January 24, 2019

    Transgender woman enters U.S. Senate race to unseat Republican Susan Collins

    SANGERVILLE — Hoping to become the first transgender member of Congress, independent Danielle VanHelsing said Thursday she is running for U.S. Senate in 2020. VanHelsing said the incumbent Republican, Susan Collins, is “a terrible senator” who doesn’t put the needs of Mainers first. VanHelsing, 36, said this is “a horrifying time” for the trans community. […]

  • Published
    January 23, 2019

    Trump’s threats to quit NATO spur Maine lawmakers to defend 70-year-old alliance

    A day after the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly for a measure aimed at making it difficult for a president to quit NATO, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins declared her support for the proposal. Collins, a Maine Republican, is part of a bipartisan group that introduced a resolution this month to prohibit a president from withdrawing from […]

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    January 22, 2019

    Jared Golden vows to defend transgender military personnel

    Maine’s new congressman, 2nd District Democrat Jared Golden, said Tuesday he is opposed to President Donald Trump’s effort to restrict transgender people from military service. “I believe anyone who loves America and has the courage to serve should be given that opportunity and respected for it,” Golden said in a statement on Twitter. Golden, who […]

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    January 21, 2019

    ‘Lift Every Voice’ resonates at Bates College on Martin Luther King Day

    Charles Nero, a Bates College professor who specializes in rhetoric, film and screen studies, speaks Monday morning during the Lewiston college’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Sun Journal photo by Russ Dillingham) LEWISTON — On Sunday mornings in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Michael Sargent went with his grandparents to the Damascus Missionary Baptist Church. His grandfather, Booker […]

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    January 18, 2019

    Angus King plans to open new office in Lewiston-Auburn area

    Shortly after taking office for his second term, independent U.S. Sen. Angus King said Friday that he plans to open his fifth Maine office in Lewiston or Auburn in the coming months. He also said that Marge Kilkelly, who has served as a senior adviser for him in Washington since 2013, is returning to Maine […]

  • Published
    January 15, 2019

    Poliquin repays $100K loan to himself; campaign coffers all but empty

    After his unsuccessful bid to retain his 2nd Congressional District seat, former U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s campaign has $3,593 in its coffers and an unpaid debt to the candidate of $36,400. In short, after losing a multimillion-dollar race last year to Lewiston Democrat Jared Golden, Poliquin’s campaign owes more than it has in the bank, […]

  • Published
    January 15, 2019

    Jared Golden assigned to House Armed Services Committee

    Freshman U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, a 36-year-old combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, has been tapped to serve on the House Armed Services Committee, a perch that could help him preserve Maine jobs at Bath Iron Works. The panel oversees the funding of the American military and is considered a plum assignment for members […]

  • Published
    January 14, 2019

    New Gloucester lawmaker seeks to ban ‘obscene’ material from public schools

    AUGUSTA — When her teenage son came home from school toting a book titled “Kafka on the Shore,” Amy Arata of New Gloucester decided she ought to give it a read. What she found within the pages of the 2002 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami appalled her. “It was very, very specific and graphic,” Arata […]

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    January 14, 2019

    Jared Golden calls for bipartisan talks with Donald Trump to resolve shutdown

    LEWISTON — It is time for congressional leaders and President Donald Trump “to stop hiding and show a little leadership” to end the longest federal government shutdown in the nation’s history, U.S. Rep. Jared Golden said Monday. Golden, D-Maine, said instead of three-way talks among Trump and two Democrats — Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate […]

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    January 12, 2019

    How a Bates College professor from Turner helped forge Edmund Muskie's political career

    LEWISTON — Sometimes a life hinges on whether someone finds what they need at the moment they need it. A Bates College professor played that role for one of America’s leading politicians during the Cold War, former U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine, a lanky young man from Rumford who walked into Brooks Quimby’s classroom […]

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