Senate recount reversal won’t affect elections of secretary of state, treasurer and attorney general

In one moment, Republican Cathy Manchester was the state senator for the Falmouth area and in the next, the seat belonged to Democrat Catherine Breen. Tuesday’s meeting of a Senate elections committee was stunning to behold. In case you missed it, a quick count of Election Day ballots in two locked metal boxes Tuesday afternoon […]

Maine jumps to ‘A’ for state political spending disclosures

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Maine’s one of 11 states with the most stringent financial disclosure requirements for outside political groups seeking to influence your vote, according to a campaign spending watchdog group. The National Institute on Money in State Politics gave Maine a perfect score in a report today for disclosure requirements from independent groups in state elections. It’s alongside Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, […]

Revenue forecast signals rosier future for Maine’s economy, $113 million budget surplus

The state’s recovery from the economic recession and low energy prices that have put more spending money in Mainers’ pockets have led to one of the best state revenue forecasts in years. The state’s Revenue Forecasting Committee develops a range of estimates related to the economy twice a year, but the most interesting and important one […]

Here they come: New Legislature to return to Augusta, plus 7 stories you might’ve missed

The swearing in of the new Legislature on Wednesday marks the beginning of what are sure to be two years of partisan squabbles led by Gov. Paul LePage and Republicans emboldened by major gains they made on Election Day. However, Wednesday’s ceremonies, which are usually celebratory in nature, will be overcast by the specter of a […]

Willette moves from LePage campaign to new job as spokesman for state finance department

Former assistant House minority leader and spokesman for Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election campaign Alex Willette has landed a job as a spokesman for the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. Willette, who is one of Maine’s two representatives on the National Republican Committee, was the youngest-ever legislative leader in the U.S. He resigned from his […]