It was once common to hear that all politics in the U.S. was local. Yet, local politics in Maine has taken on a distinctly national bent in recent months.

More than half a dozen Maine towns and cities have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in recent weeks, including sizable communities such as Caribou and Fort Fairfield. And the fallout from a January anti-mask resolution continues to reverberate in Piscataquis County, where county commissioners last week refused to write a letter of support for a local theater because of the political views of its executive director and board chair on COVID-19 restrictions.

In Hancock County, Sheriff Scott Kane last year prohibited a public health group from providing opioid recovery coaches to local jail inmates because it issued a statement in support of the national group Black Lives Matter.

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