Collins’ terrorist watchlist gun ban survives, but how alive is it?

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re watching the debate the compromise gun legislation from U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, after it passed an initial vote on Thursday. But that belies its chances of passage and global and national events are overshadowing Maine politics today. Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a stunning move that made […]

Recount in Maine’s 1st Congressional District set for next week

The recount in the Republican primary for the party’s nomination in Maine’s 1st Congressional District has been set for Tuesday, but the result may not be known until week’s end. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s office said Wednesday that the recount between apparent winner Mark Holbrook and Ande Smith is expected to take between three and four […]

In campaign season, fighting to enforce a 75-year-old law is a ‘major victory’

Good morning from Augusta. Even if they’re not campaigning, they’re campaigning. Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin is celebrating what he calls a major victory Thursday in Washington, when he led an effort to defeat an attempt from within his own party to erase a decades-old law that requires the military to buy American-made clothing and shoes. The so-called Berry […]

Town GOP chair quits after LePage-backed insurgent wins primary

Good morning from Augusta, where we still don’t know who the Republican nominee for Maine’s 1st Congressional District is and a different divide has led to the resignation of a party official. Tyler Washburn, chairman of town Republicans in Bowdoin, said late Wednesday that he stepped down after conservative insurgent Guy Lebida of Bowdoin beat Republican state Sen. Linda […]