All posts by Darren Fishell

Darren Fishell

About Darren Fishell

Darren is a Portland-based reporter for the Bangor Daily News writing about the Maine economy and business. He's interested in putting economic data in context and finding the stories behind the numbers.

How Maine fuel assistance funds have changed since 2013

While Bangor, Lewiston and Skowhegan stand to be hardest hit by losing federal heating assistance funds, the amounts given out to individual towns has already been on the decline in recent years. [Bangor would be hardest-hit by Trump cuts to heating aid] Figures from the Maine State Housing Authority show how those amounts have changed from 2013 to 2016, by individual […]

All but 2 Maine counties had more deaths than births in 2016

Census estimates released Thursday show that only two of Maine’s 16 counties had more births than deaths last year. Cumberland and Androscoggin counties were the only places in the state where more people were born than died, according to the census estimates. The county-level census figures describe how demographers think the state gained 2,000 people overall last year. [Hint: Maine’s population […]

How Trumpy is your town?

President Donald Trump’s victory touched fault lines and upended expectations in American politics. There were some signs of that in Maine. For instance, many areas that voted for raising the minimum wage also chose Trump. So did towns that approved legalizing marijuana. (Trump and both measures won in 49 towns, and one or the other won in 90 towns. See all of those towns here.) Those dynamics […]