Mark Holbrook: Sticking to his guns

Mark Holbrook: Sticking to his guns

BRUNSWICK — Mark Holbrook, Ph.D., paused in the doorway, scoping out the C & R Trading Post. Firearms, new and used, line the walls and fill the glass display cases ringing the room. Three men inside. Two behind the counter. One unknown, over by a table stacked...
Chellie Pingree: Five terms of persistence and endurance

Chellie Pingree: Five terms of persistence and endurance

PORTLAND — Campaign stories. Most politicians love telling them. And their supporters love hearing them, love getting the real story, love being on the inside. The twists and turns, and lessons learned. The key players, warts and all.But does anyone really get excited...
Maine lawmakers fast-track lottery investigation

Maine lawmakers fast-track lottery investigation

AUGUSTA – The legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously on Friday to press ahead with an investigation of the Maine State Lottery, with several members citing concerns that the $230 million state-run gambling operation may be exploiting the...
The Watchdog Index: What you can do with $42 million

The Watchdog Index: What you can do with $42 million

Editor’s note: This is the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting’s second annual Watchdog Index, modeled after Harper’s Magazine’s “Harper’s Index” ©, a listing of “ironic statistics arranged for thoughtful effect.”  This year the basis of our Index comes from...