Originally published December 26, 2017 at 2:15 pm
By Marina Villeneuve
The Associated Press
"A small but growing number of independent state lawmakers who have weakened Democrats’ hold on the House hope to promote compromise as independents seek to gain ground nationally in 2018.
The Maine House has its highest number of Independent and third-party members recorded in the last two decades, and several such lawmakers say they hope to maintain their individual independence while gaining a stronger voice in debates...
The lawmakers’ reasons for leaving the major parties vary from frustration over partisanship and the influence of lobbyists and corporate donations on Maine policy-making to discontent at Republican and Democratic lawmakers’ steps to undo, change and delay several laws approved by voters at the polls in 2016."