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 […]

Maine’s economy pivots to quick growth in first quarter

Maine’s economy grew at the ninth-fastest rate in the country during the first quarter of 2016, turning around a steep decline in the same quarter one year earlier. The mostly nonexistent Maine winter likely helped speed growth in real gross domestic product, which trailed only New Hampshire’s for the first quarter, according to figures released Wednesday from the U.S. […]

Trump finally starts raising some money in Maine

Donald Trump’s Maine fundraising jumped about 810 percent in June, compared with a rather slow May. That’s a striking increase, made less impressive by the fact that he’s still raised less here than the senator and primary challenger he insulted as “Little Marco,” who dropped out in March. At the state level, Trump raised one-fifth the amount of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s campaign haul of $100,000 in […]

After Orlando, handgun demand spiked in Maine and elsewhere

In line with past patterns, background check requests from Maine gun dealers spiked in June, following the country’s deadliest mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Maine background checks for handguns jumped about 18 percent in June, compared with one year earlier. More striking is the longer-term rise in handgun permit requests. Using a 12-month moving average, background checks for […]

One thing’s for sure, Trump’s not in Maine for the money

As Donald Trump prepares to rally supporters in Bangor, it’s clear from his campaign finance reports that the visit isn’t for the money. From the start of his campaign through the end of May, Trump has raised a paltry $7,356 in itemized donations in Maine. That’s just from donors giving $200 or more. The tally excludes people who gave $5 and $10 there, but indeed paltry is an […]