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Portland struggles as asylum seekers continue to arrive

Jan. 24, 2022 11:34 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland is asking for help as the growing number of asylum seekers continues to stretch resources. The city is providing shelter each night to about 1,150 people — more than twice the number from 2019 when the Portland Expo became an emergency shelter amid...

Maine to use $225M to fix hundreds of bridges needing work

Jan. 23, 2022 10:37 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is set to receive $225 million from the federal government over the next five years to fix bridges around the state. The state has more than 300 bridges that are in poor condition, Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree said. The money from the Federal Highway...

Maine dredging projects slated to improve navigation, safety

Jan. 23, 2022 08:57 AM EST

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Four dredging projects slated for coastal Maine communities will improve safety and navigation for commercial fishermen and others, the state's two senators said. The projects are in Ogunquit, Scarborough, Milbridge and Bar Harbor. The projects total about...

Democrats eye new strategy after failure of voting bill

Jan. 21, 2022 09:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were picking up the pieces Thursday following the collapse of their top-priority voting rights legislation, with some shifting their focus to a narrower bipartisan effort to repair laws Donald Trump exploited in his bid to overturn the 2020 election. ...

Voting bill collapses, Democrats unable to change filibuster

Jan. 20, 2022 05:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed when two senators refused to join their own party in changing Senate rules to overcome a Republican filibuster after a raw, emotional debate. The outcome...

Voting bill collapses, Democrats unable to change filibuster

Jan. 19, 2022 23:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed late Wednesday when two senators refused to join their own party in changing Senate rules to overcome a Republican filibuster after a raw, emotional debate. ...

GOP steps up bid to persuade Hogan to run for Senate in Md.

Jan. 11, 2022 16:46 PM EST

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans are stepping up a personal campaign to persuade Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to run for the Senate and help the party's chances of regaining control of the chamber. The recruitment effort has included McConnell's wife,...

Invoking Jan. 6, Dems pivot to fight for voting legislation

Jan. 10, 2022 20:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are mounting an impassioned bid to overhaul Senate rules that stand in the way of their sweeping voting legislation, arguing dark forces unleashed by Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 election demand an extraordinary response. In fiery speeches...

Senators look to stop sex assault in US Merchant Marine

Dec. 27, 2021 08:01 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators from Maine, Mississippi and New York wants to strengthen prevention of sexual assault and harassment in the United States Merchant Marine. The proposal would look to improve prevention, response, investigation and accountability...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Dec. 17, 2021 14:07 PM EST

Boston Herald. December 14, 2021. Editorial: Why aren’t all New England’s senators unified to end the filibuster for voting rights? Seven senators are failing to send a clear message about their commitment to procedural reform that would help protect Americans’...