Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.



Maine’s Pugnacious Governor Leaves Behind A Complex Legacy

Gov. Paul LePage announces his legislation to revamp welfare, including limits on what could be purchased with food stamps. Photo by Mal Leary for Maine Public

For the past eight years, Gov. Paul LePage has been the gravitational center of Maine politics, pulling traditionally staid disputes over state policy into an orbit of bellicosity, and defying long established standards of behavior for elected officials. He was, as he has said, “Trump before there was Trump.”

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Former President George H. W. Bush Remembered in Maine

Flowers and wreaths adorn a naval anchor honoring President George H.W. Bush on a bluff overlooking Walker's Point in Kennebunkport on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Photo by Irwin Gratz for Maine Public

George Herbert Walker Bush died late Friday. For many in the community surrounding Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, Maine, the former president was much more than the leader of the free world — he was their beloved friend and neighbor.

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The Importance Of Historic Victories For Candidates Around New England

Democrat Jahana Hayes addresses her supporters in Waterbury after declaring victory in her U.S. House race against Republican Manny Santos. Hayes becomes the first black woman elected to Congress in Connecticut. Photo by Ryan Caron King for Connecticut Public Radio

Election day also produced some historic results, including the victories of Ayanna Pressley and Jahana Hayes, who are now the first black women to represent our region in Congress. In addition, Janet Mills became the first woman to be elected Governor in Maine, and Chris Pappas became New Hampshire’s first openly gay member of Congress.

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