February 2018

Sen. Collins Warns of “Police Charity” Call Scam

 The Senate Aging Committee’s toll-free Fraud Hotline has received several reports that individuals across Maine are receiving telephone calls from con artists seeking donations in support of the “Policeman’s Fund,” the “Maine Police Alliance,” or similarly named groups that claim to support public safety departments.  The callers are seeking charitable donations be paid through wir

Bill to Keep Downeast Correctional Facility Open Passes First Hurdle

 On Monday, February 5, the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 10-1-1 to support a bill sponsored by Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias) and several of his Washington County colleagues on both sides of the aisle including Sen. Joyce Maker (R-Washington), Reps.

The Common Sense Coalition and the Future of the Senate

Sometimes, when a football team has a prolonged losing streak, it creates a cycle that’s hard to break. The good folks of New England haven’t recently experienced this challenge (as evidenced by yet another Super Bowl trip – go Pats!), but unfortunately, the United States Senate is currently dealing with exactly that problem.

Editor's Desk

Our ability to adapt ourselves to our environment has been on my mind lately, perhaps inspired by reflections about how well we would survive in Maine without shelter or the warmth we glean from our heating sources. Happily, our species is graced by the ability to enhance our life with technology, something we’ve been perfecting since we built our first fire.