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...

From Maine, a Call for a More Measured Take on Health Care

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER June 4, 2017 BANGOR, Me. — Hundreds of miles from the health care debate that will begin again this week in Congress, lobstermen here are out in force, bees are furiously pollinating the state’s famous blueberries and...

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...

Lacking E.M.T.s, an Aging Maine Turns to Immigrants

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE March 27, 2017 SOUTH PORTLAND, Me. — Jolly Ntirumenyerwa ran her fingers over the stethoscope that she had slung around her neck. It was a comforting connection to her career as a physician in her home country, the...