$35 million grant will allow Amtrak to expand train service to Brunswick

(Portland Press Herald) – The Obama administration plans to allocate $35 million in federal stimulus funds to expand Amtrak’s Boston-to-Portland passenger rail service north to Brunswick. More…

McEwen: Solitary confinement reflects failure of prison

From The Herald Gazette: At a Statehouse press conference Jan. 21, several speakers (including Bowdoin Professor Craig McEwen) representing a coalition of 17 organizations dedicated to limiting solitary confinement in the Maine State Prison said solitary confinement does “damage to the human mind and spirit.” More…

MPBN: Maine to Lose Congressional Seat?

Every ten years, Congress examines the latest census data to determine which states have grown their population sufficiently to merit an additional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. And with a set number of 435 seats to go round, this means some states — those with slowing or declining populations — will lose a seat.  While Maine’s two seats look safe enough for the next reapportionment of Congress due to occur within the year, one prominent demographer warns that by 2020, this may well have changed, both for Maine and its neighbor to the south.  More…

Happiest States

New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey are apparently home to the least happy people in America, but Mainers are among the nation’s happiest. Those are the results of a new study published in the journal Science. More…