We’re investigative reporters and we have lots of tools we use to find out things. Be Your Own Watchdog is where we hand those tools over to you – with our admittedly idiosyncratic annotation — so you can figure out for yourself how our government works.
Candidates & Elections
Here you’ll find in-depth information on candidates running for local, state & federal office as well as general election information. Whether it’s the money that’s been donated to them, the lobbyists that they’ve gotten money from, or even just who’s running, this is the place to look.
This section features the definitive report on the laws and practices in Maine state government that was the basis for the state getting a grade of “F” from a national organization that ranked all 50 states on an integrity index. The grade was based on research conducted by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.
This is where you can find out how legislation is made, how to follow a bill, who’s voted on what and how you can be involved in the legislative process.