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Mario Moretto

About Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto has been a Maine journalist, in print and online publications, since 2009. He joined the Bangor Daily News in 2012, first as a general assignment reporter in his native Hancock County and, now, in the State House.

Photos: Patience and pizza — Staying up late with the 126th Legislature

Lawmakers await the next action during the final regular session day of the 126th Legislature on April 17, 2014. BDN photo by Mario Moretto.

Last night was the last regular session day of the 126th Legislature. Lawmakers arrived early in the day prepared for a triple-session that started Thursday morning and lasted until about 1 a.m. Friday. While members of the House and Senate will return at least once to take up veto override votes, and could potentially be called […]

New poll shows LePage with slim lead, but governor’s race still a dead heat

Earlier this morning, the Pan Atlantic SMS Group — a Portland-based marketing and research firm — released the results of its regular Omnibus Poll to the general public. The piece of the poll that had partisan operatives and #mepolitics observers talking was the slim lead Republican Gov. Paul LePage took over his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. […]

LePage signs sex trafficking law, then state police bust 2 alleged trafficking rings

Gov. Paul LePage signs an anti-human trafficking  law on Thursday as Rep. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, the bill's sponsor, watches. Contributed photo.

On Thursday, Gov. Paul LePage announced he’d signed a once-controversial, now unanimously supported law aimed at fighting human trafficking in Maine and helping victims leave “the life” for good. An hour later — as if it were planned (and to be clear: I’m not saying it was) — police announced busted two alleged human trafficking rings being run out of Central Maine.