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Democrat looking to unseat Sen. Collins wins key endorsement

Jan. 23, 2020 4:28 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A national organization devoted to getting LGBTQ candidates elected to public office is endorsing for the U.S. Senate in Maine former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse, a Democrat who wants an opportunity to unseat GOP Sen. Susan Collins. The Victory Fund announced Thursday its...

Gov. Janet Mills delivers her State of the State address at the Capitol in Augusta, Maine, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. (Natalie Williams/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Maine gov: State rising above partisanship in rancorous era

Jan. 21, 2020 10:32 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. Gov. Janet Mills themed her address “We are not Washington; we...

FILE - In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D Freeport, speaks to reporters in her office at the State House, in Augusta, Maine. Gideon is driving home her attack on GOP Sen. Susan Collins for accepting corporate donations. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Gideon to hammer away on corporate donations in Senate race

Jan. 15, 2020 10:15 PM EST

Democrat Sara Gideon wants to make curbing the influence of special interests in Washington a central theme of her campaign, saying she’s swearing off campaign donations from corporate political action committees and backing efforts to disclose secret donors. GOP Sen. Susan Collins’ campaign accused...

Group calls for changes to settlement between Maine, tribes

Jan. 14, 2020 4:34 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Proposed changes to a decades-old settlement between Maine and American Indian tribal groups could give the tribes more authority in long-debated subjects such as gambling and fishing rights. A task force handed its recommendations to the Maine Legislature's Judiciary Committee, which...

Maine cannabis needs bank, insurance access, lawmaker says

Jan. 14, 2020 1:00 AM EST

PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislator is calling on the state's legislative body to push the U.S. Congress to make banking and insurance accessible to legalized cannabis businesses. Republican Rep. John Andrews of Paris said he intends to introduce a resolution to the Maine Legislature on Tuesday calling...

Bills to halt bias against people who take meds to stop HIV

Jan. 11, 2020 8:10 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal in the Maine Legislature would halt a form of discrimination against people who take medication to prevent HIV infection. Democratic Sen. Heather Sanborn of Portland said the state's insurance code should be amended to prevent denial of life insurance for people who take...

Mills, Democrats unveil health care bill as lawmakers return

Jan. 8, 2020 10:31 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Janet Mills and Democratic legislative leaders unveiled a health care proposal Wednesday aimed at reducing costs for primary care visits and combining markets to lower health care costs as lawmakers returned to work. The bill would let Maine manage parts of the exchange under the...

Maine lawmakers concerned about escalation with Iran

Jan. 3, 2020 5:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's congressional delegation acknowledged Friday that the head of Iran's elite Quds Force was responsible for the deaths of Americans but expressed concerns about consequences of a U.S. airstrike that killed the general. Iran vowed “harsh retaliation” for the attack...

Bill would cap out-of-pocket cost of insulin for patients

Dec. 30, 2019 5:22 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine bill would cap the out-of-pocket cost of insulin for more than 140,000 diabetes patients if it becomes law in 2020. If the proposed legislation goes through, Maine would join Colorado in capping costs for patients to a “reasonable amount" regardless of how much insulin...

Flags lowered at Maine Statehouse to honor late lawmaker

Dec. 30, 2019 5:10 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills has ordered flags lowered to half-staff at the Statehouse and in Brewer on Monday to honor former state Rep. Archie Verrow. Verrow was a retired Brewer city clerk, city councilor and mayor. He was serving his third term in the Maine House when he died from a...