Once a year, we take our inspiration from the clever folks at Harper's Magazine, and produce, as they do, an index of "ironic statistics arranged for thoughtful effect." Our index, written by Editor-in-Chief John Christie, is drawn from the stories we published in the past year.
John Christie is the co-founder, former publisher and former senior reporter of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. He has covered local, state and national politics as a reporter, editor and publisher at newspapers in Maine, Massachusetts and Florida and holds a BA in political science from the University of New Hampshire.
Gov. Paul LePage reversed a routine and state-approved payment to a Fairfield nonprofit that operates a charter school.
The legislature's practice of conducting the public's business — such as budget negotiations — behind closed doors likely violated the state's Freedom of Access Act (FOAA).
Gov. Paul LePage inserted himself into a state law enforcement proceeding about a religious discrimination case and threatened to go to court if the legal process was not postponed, according to an internal memo.
What would it look like if campaign funds were used elsewhere? Here's what we found.
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.