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Can Diverse Democracies Survive?; Without the glue of a shared national narrative, probably not; Review of Yascha Mounk’s “The Great Experiment”; Washington Monthly, BOOKS, April/May 2022.

Congress hears Rep. Golden’s bill to allow Maine tribes to benefit from future federal Indian laws; Several members of the House indigenous affairs subcommittee were perplexed by the limits the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act imposed on the tribes; Portland Press Herald; LOCAL & STATE, 1 April 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B1

Sen. Collins to back Judge Jackson for Supreme Court, calls confirmation process ‘broken’; Susan Collins is so far the only Republican who has committed to voting to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson; Maine Sunday Telegram,; FRONT PAGE, 31 March 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Maine’s Idexx Labs keeping Moscow office open despite Ukraine invasion; The $3.2 billion Westbrook based-company has veterinary office customers and a water testing distributor in Russia and isn’t answering questions about its business in the country; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 30 March 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

2021 was the Gulf of Maine’s warmest year on record, scientists report; Average sea surface temperatures were 4.2 degrees above the long-term averages from before 2012, when ocean ‘heat waves’ became commonplace, continuing changes in the gulf ecosystem; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 28 March 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Wex continues business ties with Russian oil giant Lukoil, target of boycotts in mid-Atlantic states; Sanctions experts are divided on whether the South Portland-based firm’s actions undermine the effort to punish Vladimir Putin; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 26 March 2022, SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Moldovan leaders ask Pingree and House delegation for help with refugees, defense; One of Europe’s poorest countries, parts of Moldova are within earshot of Russian shelling of Ukrainian port of Odessa; Portland Press Herald; LOCAL & STATE, 24 March 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B1

Pingree, Collins, King describe wrenching scenes at Poland-Ukraine border; Rep. Pingree is in the midst of a weeklong congressional fact-finding trip to Eastern Europe, while Maine’s 2 senators returned Sunday from a weekend trip of their own; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 21 March 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Supreme Court nomination once again puts Susan Collins in spotlight; While not in a position to determine the outcome, the Maine senator is the most likely Republican vote for Ketanji Brown Jackson, who would be the first Black woman to serve on the court; Maine Sunday Telegram,; FRONT PAGE, 13 March 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Funding package passed by Congress includes money for long list of Maine initiatives; The omnibus package includes hundreds of millions of dedicated funds for projects in Maine requested by members of the state’s congressional delegation; Portland Press Herald; LOCAL & STATE, 13 March 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B1

Sens. King and Collins join bipartisan vote to stabilize the U.S. Postal Service; The $107 billion bill already passed the House and is expected to be signed into law by President Biden; Portland Press Herald; LOCAL & STATE, 10 March 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B1

Sen. King warns of Russian cyberattacks against U.S.; Maine’s independent senator says Putin is headed for a grinding, ultimately unwinnable occupation of Ukraine and is likely to lash out with cyberattacks; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 4 March 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Bills to advance, constrain tribal land rights presented to state lawmakers; Tribes support bill to create process for tribal access to state-owned sacred areas, reject bill constraining where they can acquire new trust lands; Portland Press Herald; LOCAL & STATE, 18 February 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

Governor supports limited expansion of tribal rights, while casino interests cry foul; Tribal representatives support the governor’s plan but emphasize that they do not see it as a substitute for a more sweeping tribal sovereignty package Gov. Mills opposes; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 18 February 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Bill to restore tribal sovereignty gets overwhelming public support, but Gov. Mills wants targeted approach;
There was near-unanimous support for L.D. 1626 among those giving testimony, while details of the governor’s alternative plan emerged behind the scenes; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 16 February 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Lawmakers reconsider decades-old restrictions on Maine tribes’ sovereignty, long a flashpoint; Hearings on bills to overturn restrictive provisions of the historic 1980 land claims settlement acts with Maine’s tribes to be held Tuesday; Maine Sunday Telegram,; FRONT PAGE, 13 February 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Rep. Golden introduces bill to allow Maine tribes to benefit from future federal Indian laws; The 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act excludes the state’s tribes from most federal laws benefiting Indian nations in the United States; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 11 February 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1 

Gov. Mills calls White House, gets more COVID-19 treatments for Maine despite undercount of cases; Maine has been getting a smaller allocation of a monoclonal antibody treatment because of a large backlog of positive tests that have yet to be screened and added to the daily total of confirmed new cases; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 25 January 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Backlog of positive tests reduces Maine’s ration of lifesaving COVID-19 drug; With tens of thousands of test results waiting to be processed, the state’s case rate is artificially low, and that is reducing Maine’s federal allocation of monoclonal antibody treatment; Maine Sunday Telegram,; FRONT PAGE, 23 January 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Collins helps block voting rights bill as King says U.S. democracy could collapse without it; Maine’s senators took starkly opposed positions in a fiery late-night debate and vote Wednesday; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 21 January 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

With voting rights bill doomed, King and Collins work to safeguard electoral counting process; Legal experts say ambiguities in the 1887 Electoral Count Act need correcting to avoid future attempts to overturn presidential elections; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 20 January 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Gulf of Maine waters warmed to highest fall temperatures on record; The Gulf of Maine Research Institute reports that average sea surface temperatures in the gulf were more than 4 degrees above the long-term average; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 13 January 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Drugs to treat high-risk patients in critically short supply as omicron surge hits Maine; A national shortage leaves Maine’s doctors with a tiny fraction of the monoclonal antibody treatments their patients could use; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 11 January 2022, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

One year on, the Jan. 6 attack looms large in the lives of Mainers who were there; The march on the Capitol unfolded with Mainers on opposite sides of the police barricades until one side toppled them, shaking the foundations of American democracy; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 6 January 2022, WASHINGTON, p. A1