In the last 13 days before Election Day, state campaign finance records show millions of dollars coming in, millions going out – much of it for the heated race for governor.
The top 10 individual Maine donors to state and national political campaigns represent just .001 percent of Maine’s adult population of about one million. But that minuscule percentage represents 27.3 percent of all donations to candidates, parties and causes from contributors with a Maine address.
On Aug. 20, three offenders who owe victims restitution came before District Court Judge Gregory Campbell in his Bangor courtroom. Their cases illustrate common issues the courts have in enforcing restitution agreements.
Our investigation found Maine’s system for compensating victims of non-violent crimes is overburdened, uncoordinated and promises what it can’t deliver.
In Maine, crime victims are nearly alone in navigating a confusing and understaffed restitution system.
District attorneys from across the state are as frustrated as crime victims with the fundamental reality of the restitution system in Maine: it’s broken.
Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson said two thirds of the 1,181 restitution cases in her county are in default.
Sen. Susan Collins is leading an effort to get smaller railroads more federal funding to train emergency responders how to handle hazardous materials.
Members of Maine’s congressional delegation are pushing regulators to strengthen planning, response and mitigation requirements for railroads transporting hazardous materials.
Just as the state has revealed that crude oil shipments by rail have resumed along the state’s rail lines, Maine state emergency officials say new federal rules about shipping hazardous materials such as crude by rail don’t go far enough.
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