Lobbyists Lining Up To Influence Marijuana Laws In Maine

More than $140,000 has already been spent in the state as stakeholders seek a voice in how lawmakers regulate the lucrative recreational industry.

AUGUSTA — Retail sales of marijuana may still be a year away, but cannabis-related cash is already flowing at the Maine State House as businesses jockey to influence the policies that will govern the lucrative recreational market. Between Dec. 1 and March 31, clients paid lobbyists more than $140,000 for representation on marijuana-related


Republican Lawmaker Wants Legal Protection For Climate Change Deniers

Maine laws protect people from discrimination based on factors such as race, disabilities and sexual orientation, and a Republican lawmaker wants to add a person’s beliefs about climate change to that list.

Republican state representative from Maine, Lawrence Lockman. (Photo: Maine House Republicans)

Rep. Larry Lockman has introduced a bill that would limit the attorney general's ability to investigate or prosecute people based on their political speech, including their views on climate change. It would also prohibit the state from discriminating in buying goods or services or awarding grants or contracts based on a person's "climate change


Maine’s Right-Wing Governor Leaves Profanity-Laced Threats On Lawmakers Voicemail

“When a snot-nosed little guy from Westbrook calls me a racist, now I’d like him to come up here because, tell you right now, I wish it were 1825.”

PORTLAND, Maine  — Republican Gov. Paul LePage has unleashed an obscene tirade on a Democratic legislator, leaving him a voicemail message that said "I am after you" and telling reporters he wished it were 1825 so he could challenge the lawmaker to a duel and point a gun between his eyes. LePage said in the Thursday morning voicemail that he


McCarthy Of The Great Woods: Unhinged Maine Governor Targets Donors Of Local Green Group

‘This seems like something Sen. Joseph McCarthy would have done in the 1950s, not a governor of Maine in 2016.’

Paul LePage

Maine's Gov. Paul LePage directly targeted donors to the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) with harassing letters (pdf) that accused the conservation group of advancing "job-crushing, anti-business policies," the organization announced at a press conference on Thursday. It is unclear how LePage acquired the organization's list of donors


How One State Ended Its ‘Rigged’ Superdelegate System Once And For All

Though Sanders won 64 percent of the Maine vote, he has only received one of the state’s five superdelegates.

Vote sign

Frustrated by what they describe as a "rigged" electoral system in the face of Bernie Sanders' overwhelming majority win, Democrats in Maine on Saturday voted to adopt a rule change that will essentially eliminate the power of superdelegates to pick a candidate of their choosing. Though Sanders won 64 percent of the Maine vote, he has only


Experimental Green Energy Project Threatens Local Ecosystem

An experimental tidal power project could generate clean energy without leaving behind a major footprint for 120-plus years, yet residents are worried about what effect it will have on the local fishing industry that’s sustained the community for generations.

Tidal Power

PEMBROKE, Maine --- Halcyon Tidal Power has chosen the Pennamaquan Estuary in Maine as the site of a first-of-its-kind project to harness the power of ocean tides. The project could bring long-term job opportunities and green energy to towns in the immediate coastal area, but residents are concerned about how it could affect the local fishery