Maine Insights

New AARP poll underscores need for policy reforms for rapidly aging state

Maine's capitol at night, photo by Ramona du Houx

Maine’s capitol at night, photo by Ramona du Houx

A new AARP poll of Mainers underscores the need for policy leaders to focus on keeping seniors in their homes and communities longer.

South Portland City Council votes 6-1 to protect the city from a tar sands crude oil terminal

In an historic vote, the South Portland City Council last night voted 6-1 to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance which will protect the city from a tar sands crude oil terminal. The city developed the ordinance after Protect South Portland’s neighbor-to-neighbor campaign educated and mobilized the community against tar sands over the last year and a half. Conservation groups and South Portland residents gathered to reflect, stating that the victory shows that citizens can overcome out-of-state oil interests.

Report shows Maine leading the way in farming revival

Organic Farm, photo by Ramona du Houx

Organic Farm, photo by Ramona du Houx

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that farming in Maine is on the increase, with Maine leading New England in the number of farms in operation.

Congressman Mike Michaud leads the race for governor in new statewide Maine poll

The Michaud for Maine campaign today released the results of a new statewide poll that shows U.S. Rep. Michaud leading the race for governor, with Gov. Paul LePage stuck in the 30s and independent Eliot Cutler dropping further into the low teens.

LePage held back $4.6 million in state funding to play politics with nursing homes

Maine State Capitol photo by Ramona du Houx

Maine State Capitol photo by Ramona du Houx

Cain for Congress reports more than $375,000 in 2nd quarter fundraising

Rep. Emily Cain in Augusta. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Statoil pumps $2.5 billion in Scottish offshore floating wind project instead of Maine

Hywind Scotland Park Overview, courtesy of Stratiol

President Obama orders review of the effect of pesticides on bees

President Barack Obama, on June 21, ordered environmental regulators to review the effect that pesticides may be having on bees and other pollinators that have suffered significant losses in recent years. Bee’s are essential to our ecosystem.

The Maine Artists Collective is proud to present The Stories and Life of Beatrix Potter

The Constellation Gallery, home of the Maine Artists Collective, is proud to present The Stories and Life of Beatrix Potter, on July 17th at 6pm. Potter is an original play written and directed by Lisa A. Crothers, performed by Danielle Jarosz.

Michaud and Pingree help restore funding for tidal power in Federal Spending Bill

Congressman Michael Michaud and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree helped restore $9 million in funding for a program that has already invested over $18 million in Maine tidal projects since 2008. Michaud, who had previously led a House effort to support funding for the program, joined Pingree, a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, to successfully push for an amendment to the bill that sets spending levels for the Department of Energy. Their amendment, which was also sponsored by Rep.