The Governor Blocked Medicaid Expansion. Now Maine Voters Could Overrule Him.

The state is the first in the nation to put expansion of the health insurance program on the ballot, opening a new front in the political battle over Obamacare.

Going to a New Jersey State Park or Beach? Not This Holiday Weekend

By NICK CORASANITI July 1, 2017 ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, N.J. — This spot is usually a choke point for shore traffic, not a U-turn. Yet roughly every 10 minutes on Saturday morning, a new vehicle approached the entrance to the beach here — some...

Maine’s Governor Wants Inmates to Fill Jobs, Not Prison Beds

By JESS BIDGOOD June 1, 2017 Paul R. LePage, the brash and deeply conservative governor of Maine, has never been seen as an advocate of loosening punishments for criminals. He once joked that drug dealers should be publicly executed. He has seemed, at times,...

Ranked-Choice Voting System Violates Maine’s Constitution, Court Says

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE May 23, 2017 Maine’s voting system was thrown into potential turmoil on Tuesday by a court opinion that said a process in which voters rank candidates rather than simply picking one — approved by voters in November...

Eyeing Trump’s Budget Plan, Republican Governors Say ‘No, Thanks’

By ALEXANDER BURNS March 22, 2017 Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky was unrestrained in his praise for President Trump: Opening for him at a rally on Monday, Mr. Bevin, a conservative Republican, echoed Mr. Trump’s “America First” slogan and only...