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Steve Mistler

Journalist Steve Mistler is MPBN's chief political correspondent and statehouse bureau chief, specializing in the coverage of politics and state government.

Steve has been a journalist for nearly two decades. His work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Newspaper and Press Association for investigative projects and accountability journalism. He was named the MPA's Journalist of the Year in 2011 for his coverage of municipal government for The Forecaster in Falmouth, and later, for his coverage of state government for the Sun Journal in Lewiston. 

Steve became the state house bureau chief for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram in 2012. After four years with Maine's largest daily newspaper, Steve made the leap to radio journalism, joining MPBN May 2, 2016. 

Steve is married with one child and two crazy dogs. His family lives in Brunswick. 

President Donald Trump on Friday returned to Maine for a visit designed to reaffirm his appeal with rural voters and to reframe his heavily criticized response to a coronavirus pandemic that threatens his bid for a second term.

President Trump will visit one of Maine's least populous towns and its most conservative county when he tours a factory producing medical swabs for coronavirus testing on Friday.

Conspicuously absent during the trip will be the state's only Republican member of Congress, Sen. Susan Collins.

Collins, who faces a tough reelection fight to secure her fifth consecutive term, will remain in Washington, D.C., when the president travels to Puritan Medical Products in Guilford, Maine.

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As President Trump's impeachment trial approaches, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is under close scrutiny from Democrats and her fellow Republicans ahead of a vote that could once again test her reputation for centrism and independence.

The spotlight on Collins has come a bit earlier than expected.

In the narrowly divided Senate, just four Republicans could force Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reconsider his vow for a speedy acquittal and "total coordination" with the Trump White House.

Updated at 2:06 p.m. ET

A House Republican who represents the northern part of Maine became the latest incumbent to be unseated as the Democrats' blue wave continues more than a week after Election Day.

A version of this story was first published by Maine Public.

Updated at 5 p.m. ET

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, has a filed a lawsuit in federal court that seeks to block state election officials from conducting the nation's first ranked-choice voting tabulation in a federal race.

A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday in yet another case involving Maine’s landmark ranked-choice voting law.

One ad for a 2018 congressional candidate shows him wearing a T-shirt with an unofficial Marine Corps motto, "Pain is weakness leaving the body." Another ad shows a candidate boasting, "I was the first woman Marine to fly in an F-18 in combat. And I got to land on aircraft carriers."

But neither candidate is a Republican, the traditional party in favor of a muscular military. Instead, they're part of a cohort of at least 20 military veterans running under the banner of an increasingly liberal Democratic party in the 2018 midterm elections.

The staff of the Maine Ethics Commission is trying to shine more light on the organizations fueling an explosion in the amount of money spent to influence state political races and ballot questions.

Commission staff are proposing to require organizations that make major donations to political committees to provide more information about their own finances.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage says people accused of committing domestic violence should have to wear an ankle bracelet as a condition of bail.

During a State House press conference held by the Maine Domestic Abuse Review Panel, the governor promised to propose legislation to that effect.

The panel found that nearly half of all the homicides committed in the last 10 years were perpetrated by domestic violence abusers.

"I believe in taking the safe approach because dead people have no rights. They lost 'em. When you kill 'em, it's final," LePage said.

More than half the homicides in Maine over the past two years have been linked to domestic violence, according to a report released Thursday.

The Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel says that trend has held steady over the past decade. Now Gov. Paul LePage, a survivor of domestic violence, is reiterating his call for increased surveillance of those accused abusers.

Attorney General Janet Mills read the names of the nine children killed in domestic homicides over the past two years.

Gov. Paul LePage has doubled down on his claim that a Deering High School student was revived from a heroin overdose three times in a week.

Gov. Paul LePage has held more than 30 town hall meetings since winning reelection in 2014. The governor touts the forums as his chance to take his message to the Maine people.

The legislative committee that oversees the Maine Warden Service will hold a hearing about a poaching sting in Allagash that triggered complaints from residents and raised questions about the conduct of an undercover agent.

Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau said Inland Fisheries and Wildlife chief Chandler Woodcock and Col. Joel Wilkinson, head of the warden service, are expected to attend.