Sierra Club Maine endorses Cain; Alfond pays ethics fine; somber Senate tribute to McGowan

Democratic Sen. Emily Cain of Orono, who is her party’s nominee for the open 2nd Congressional District seat, picked up the endorsement of the Sierra Club’s Maine chapter Wednesday. Melissa Walsh Innes, the organization’s political team chair, said Cain earned the endorsement because of her stances on several controversial environmental issues in Maine and beyond. […]

LePage camp says Michaud deserves no credit for VA fix bill; 10 in Congress disagree

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, discusses compromise legislation he helped negotiate that is aimed at correcting problems in the Veterans Administration health care system during a campaign stop at the Portland Public Library on Monday. Christopher Cousins/Bangor Daily News Republicans continue to assert that Rep. Mike Michaud deserves little or no credit for his leadership on […]

Bear referendum supporters to gather in Portland this weekend, the start of baiting season

A black bear walks near Taylor Bait Pond in Orono. Photo courtesy of Sharon Fiedler

This weekend marks the start of bear baiting season in Maine, when hunters and guides enter the woods to fill bait sites with food meant to attract bears for the fall hunt, which begins next month. In response, Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, the group leading a campaign to ban bear baiting, hounding and trapping, will gather at 2 p.m. […]

The money race for the Blaine House, in six charts

Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler brought in the most cash between May and July — mostly from his own pocket — but he’s also spent the most so far. Cutler lags both incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud for the cash their campaigns had on hand as of the latest reporting period. The Michaud campaign had […]

Bellows removes stock footage from ad touting support for Maine workers

A spokeswoman for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows says the campaign made “a mistake” when it included stock footage in an online advertisement about the candidate’s support for working class people. The ad has since been taken down, and replaced with a new one featuring workers from Maine. (The workers, by the way, are Toby […]