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Decoding the U.S.’s 92 million non-voters

Non-voters are the biggest wild card in U.S. electoral politics, a cohort of some 92 million adults who are eligible to vote, but seldom do so. They’re eclectic, with distinctive… Read more »

Colony, a six-part series on Maine’s long path to statehood

Maine is celebrating the bicentennial of its statehood this year, but the story of our beginnings lies in the millennia and centuries that preceded March 15th, 1820, the day we… Read more »

“Putin’s Favorite Congressman” moves to Maine

Dana Rohrabacher is a surfing enthusiast, cannabis activist, and former Reagan speechwriter who once joined muhajadeeen to attack Russian targets and Afghanistan and arm wrestled a visiting bureaucrat named Vladimir… Read more »

Maine’s governor wants the state carbon-neutral by 2045. What will that take?

At the United Nations, Governor Janet Mills pledged to make Maine carbon-neutral by 2045, tasking the new Maine Climate Council to come up with a plan to do so via… Read more »

Trump’s “judge whisperer” buys Maine mansion, hosts fundraiser for Susan Collins

In this past week’s Maine Sunday Telegram, I have the story of how Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society and the man credited with pre-selecting Brett Kavanaugh,… Read more »

Mainer on Putin’s interrogation “wish list” on the Act that upset Russia

In July,  wrote about how a guy from Maine wound up on Vladimir Putin’s list of Americans he’d like turned over for interrogation, a request he made of President Trump at… Read more »

The Mainer spearheading West Coast fishermen’s climate change suit against Big Oil

Last month, a coalition of West Coast fishermen filed a suit against thirty of the world’s major oil companies in California Superior Court seeking damages for the latter having allegedly… Read more »

Sen. Collins’ stance won’t save Roe v Wade, experts say

President Donald Trump will announce his latest nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States in a few hours, a nominee who will need 51 votes to be confirmed… Read more »

Rep. Pingree tours child detention sites in Texas, Rep. Poliquin speaks out against practice

I’ve been covering the Maine delegation’s stance and reaction to the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their families and the effort to reunify them for the Portland Press… Read more »

Two ALEC bills before Maine lawmakers would facilitate rewriting of US Constitution

In yesterday’s Portland Press Herald, I have another story involving a model text from the American Legislative Exchange Council being introduced in the Maine legislature, and once again it has national… Read more »