The Maine State House, seen from beyond transportation barriers, Winter 2015Welcome to 2017 and the start of the 128th Maine State Legislature! Here at Open Maine Politics, we’re currently updating our legislative databases to reflect the new members and new legislation in a new body. This should be available soon. In the meantime, please see the menu for archives of the 126th Legislature and 127th Legislature.

An Opening for Maine is an opportunity.  A Maine that is Open isn’t closed off.  When we Open Maine Politics, everyone has a seat at the table.

For most of Maine’s history, its state politics have been officially accessible but practically unavailable.  Before the internet age, information about the legislature was kept in side rooms and libraries at the State House in Augusta, making our collective decisions available only to those who had the time and money to stalk about the stacks.  In recent decades, the website of the Maine State Legislature has taken great strides toward making information about the Pine Tree State’s legislature, our legislation and our legislators available to all.  A few roadblocks remain, however:

  • Maine legislative information isn’t easily shared through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter or other forms of social media;
  • Maine legislative information isn’t easily mixed and downloaded for analysis by academics, journalists, citizen bloggers or the curious;
  • It isn’t easy for us to engage in conversation about legislation and legislators in the same environment where raw information is made available;
  • It isn’t easy for us to create, post and share our assessments of our legislators based on transparent and verifiable standards.

The Open Maine Politics project hopes to keep our state’s political discussion factually grounded and make that discussion more fully social.  If you share our goals, please join us and help open the conversation.