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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 »

Senator King warns of Russian cyber threat to 2018 midterms

Senator Angus King, I-Maine, came by the Press Herald newsroom last week for a wide-ranging, on-record conversation with myself and my colleagues about everything from the state of the immigration… Read more »

Dunlap, other top state election officials received classified briefing on threats to voter systems

The U.S. intelligence community has been warning elected officials and the public for some time now about the past, present, and future threat Russia has posed to the integrity of… Read more »

Trump renews push to eliminate LIHEAP, Sea Grant, NEA, other programs

Last year, President Trump tried to eliminate a wide range of programs with an outsized impact in Maine, including Sea Grant, low income heating assistance, community block grants, the National… Read more »

Bill would stop states from blocking municipal broadband projects

Last year I wrote about a bill introduced in Maine’s legislature that would effectively block towns from building their own municipal high speed data networks, even when — as is… Read more »

Gov. LePage’s support for offshore drilling at odds with every New England member of Congress

This month, when the Trump administration unveiled its plan to open virtually all areas of U.S. federal waters to oil and gas exploration, most of New England’s elected leaders expressed… Read more »

Trump admin to erase voter registation data in effort to deny other voter fraud commission docs to Dunlap

The struggle over transparency at President Trump’s voter fraud commission continues even after its demise. In yesterday’s Portland Press Herald, I updated the ongoing drama between the White House and… Read more »