Latest Maine State Legislature News

FILE - This pair of file photos shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, right, who are running for Senate in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. (AP Photos, File)

Collins, Gideon clash over Supreme Court, pandemic in debate

Sep. 29, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon clashed Monday over the Supreme Court and the response to the pandemic during their second debate in the closely watched Senate race. Gideon, the Maine House speaker, accused the four-term Collins of failing to...

Maine House candidate accused of fostering hostile workplace

Sep. 24, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Democratic candidate for the legislative seat being vacated by the opponent of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins fostered a hostile and abusive work environment, former staffers told a newspaper. Melanie Sachs yelled at employees, got angry when they asked questions about their jobs and...

Maine senator, brewery owner faces labor complaint

Sep. 23, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine state senator who is also the owner of a popular Portland brewery is facing a labor complaint stemming from attempts to form a union at her business. Sen. Heather Sanborn, a Democrat, owns Rising Tide Brewery with her husband. The National Labor Relations Board's website...

FILE - This pair of 2020 file photos shows incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, left, and Maine Democrat House Speaker, right, candidates for U.S. Senate in the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photos, File)

AP FACT CHECK: No proof Sen. Collins voted to help husband

Sep. 21, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

Democrat Sara Gideon has launched a new TV ad making an unsupported claim that Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has used her power in public office to advance legislation to help her husband and his business. Gideon’s campaign began running the ad this month, in one of the country’s tightest...

Dale Crafts, Republican candidate for Maine's 2nd Congressional District, parachutes in tandem with instructor Owen Ross, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Millinocket, Maine. Crafts was struck by a car while riding a motorcycle at age 25, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Paraplegic US House candidate skydives for veterans

Sep. 18, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — A paraplegic man from Maine who is making a bid for the U.S. House brought the concept of campaign stunts to new heights Friday when he jumped out of an airplane in support of veterans. Republican Dale Crafts, a former state representative, made the jump from 11000 feet (3,350...

34 Maine candidates are unopposed in legislative races

Sep. 16, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The top of the ticket is going to be hotly contested in November, but many legislative races are going to be unopposed in Maine. Nearly one in five members of the next Maine Legislature will be sworn into office after winning election unopposed in November, the Portland Press Herald...

Report: Race discussions need to be part of legislation

Sep. 14, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers can start addressing racial disparities by passing more than two dozen bills that are already awaiting action, a panel said. Those 26 bills that deserve immediate attention can begin erasing gaps in wages, health and incarceration rates, among other things, according...

Sen. Collins kicks off bus tour in her hometown, Caribou

Aug. 31, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins is kicking off a bus tour of the state's 16 counties, starting Monday in her hometown of Caribou. Collins said she'll visit small businesses, attend community events and listen to Mainers across the state up until Election Day. Collins, who's seeking a...

Maine Senate convenes for 1st time since March

Aug. 25, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate convened for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic to vote on nominees to a state ethics commission, among other nominees for state-level positions. Democratic Senate President Troy Jackson convened the special session on Monday in the House...

Rep. McLean, D-Gorham, resigning from Maine Legislature

Aug. 13, 2020 9:57 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Rep. Andrew McLean submitted a letter of resignation from the Maine House on Thursday. McLean, of Gorham, recently graduated from the University of Maine School of Law, and said post-law school work that begins next week requires him to leave his job as an elected official....