Good Tuesday morning!
U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, is in South Portland this morning, joined by officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Maine Chamber of Commerce.
King et. al. are in town to offer a free cybersecurity briefing to members of Maine’s business community, “aimed at providing information and best practices to Maine businesses that can help them strengthen their cyber-resilience in the face of potential cyber-attacks,” according to a release from his office.
As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, King has focused on the cyber vulnerabilities of the nation’s public and private information systems. He’s supported legislation to beef up security, but in the meantime, he says, there’s more businesses could be doing to protect themselves.
Meanwhile, in Portland, former Democratic state senator Ethan Strimling will make an announcement about the upcoming mayoral race in that city. A current political commentator and the executive director of Learning Works, Strimling is widely perceived as a potential threat to incumbent Mayor Michael Brennan, if he opts to join the fray.
That’s what’s on the horizon for this morning. Keep checking bangordailynews.com for more developments throughout the day. — Mario Moretto, BDN.
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Environmental lobby to release report on effect of climate change on waters
Later today, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, one of the largest environmental lobbying groups in the state, will release its new report on the impact of climate change on Maine’s waters.
“We have seen significant changes in climate such as heavier and frequent rainfall, severe drought, and warming and acidifying waters,” wrote NRCM spokeswoman Judy Berk in an email Monday. “The new report examines how these dramatic changes are affecting America’s waters and we will address what will means for the waters that Maine communities, fish and wildlife depend on.”
Those latter two phenomena — warming and acidification — have become a keen subject of interest for lawmakers and Maine’s fishing industry. Increasing ocean temperatures have been blamed for the glut of lobster that sunk prices to historically low levels several summers ago. And acidification, which can harm marine organisms’ ability to develop protective calcium shells, is being studied by a task force of experts convened by the Legislature. — Mario Moretto, BDN.
- Drug agents say EBT cards being used to buy drugs — Scott Thistle, Sun Journal.
- White House plan to fight heroin focuses on Maine, New England — Julia Edwards, Reuters, with Christopher Cousins, BDN.
- Arcade bar owner, MECA student join Portland mayoral race — Mario Moretto, BDN.
- Hillary Clinton tells unions she’d boost Social Security, for some — Luciana Lopez, Reuters.
- Maine’s immigrant welfare bill may face two ballot challenges — Scott Thistle, Sun Journal.
- IRS says hackers breached data on more than 300,000 taxpayers — Reuters.
- LePage’s handwritten notes show failings in Maine’s record retention law — Steve Mistler, Portland Press Herald.
Bernie Sanders: Ron Paul redux?
Remember in 2012, when Ron Paul made some conservatives really excited, only for the mainstream of the GOP to shoot them down and silence them?
That’s how longtime Maine political consultant Vic Berardelli remembers it. Now, he says, the mainstream of the Democratic Party, determined to coalesce around Hillary Clinton, have a similar opportunity to shoot themselves in the foot by alienating Bernie Sanders’ fans.
Or, Berardelli says, they could find another way.
“The question is whether Hillary Clinton’s organization will be as clueless as Romney’s was four years ago,” he writes in a column for the BDN. “The Democratic Party regulars can seize the opportunity to harness the enthusiasm of these Sanders acolytes and welcome them into the fold or they face the schism plaguing the GOP due to its arrogant hubris.”
Read Berardelli’s column, here. — Mario Moretto, BDN.