Trade battle leaks from presidential race into Maine’s 2nd District

Good morning from Augusta. It was another rah-rah day for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, where President Barack Obama and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine made the case for their party’s presidential nominee. But on Tuesday, Clinton had a bit of a headache when Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close ally, said she’d […]

Republicans’ hopes of winning the Maine Legislature look slightly better

Democrats still look well-positioned to make gains in the race for control of the Maine Legislature in 2016, but Republicans have gotten a few more opportunities in nip-and-tuck districts. The Bangor Daily News first published district-by-district analyses of the Maine Senate and House of Representatives in May. It’s subjective, taking past election results, voter registration data and candidate […]

Maine casts most votes for Sanders on a day of pro-Clinton unity

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re keeping an eye on Maine’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention this week. The convention nominated Clinton on Tuesday, after her primary opponent, Bernie Sanders, made the motion that crowned her in a historic display of party unity. The day was headlined by a speech from former President Bill Clinton. […]

LePage allowed to pay lawyer $5,000 to fight potential $500 fine

Attorney General Janet Mills’ office has given Gov. Paul LePage permission to pay a lawyer up to $5,000 to defend him in an open-meeting lawsuit filed by Mills. The maximum penalty if the Republican governor loses? $500. The LePage administration’s request to hire Bangor-based municipal lawyer Erik Stumpfel for no more than $5,000 was granted in a […]

A Maine Democrat’s day in the national convention spotlight

Good morning from downtown Gardiner, where it’s already hot and I’m feeling the effects of a sunburn from a weekend on Webb Pond in Hancock County. But I’ll power through, because it’s my job to tell you about the Maine delegation feeling the Bern in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention. The roll call vote to […]

How Maine’s Democratic delegation is making noise in Philly

Good morning from Portland. This weekend, we told you why Maine’s Bernie Sanders-heavy delegation matters at the Democratic National Convention, starting this week, in Philadelphia. Today, we’ll tell you how they’ve been on the edge of anti-establishment dissent so far. The convention, where Hillary Clinton will be nominated to run against Republican Donald Trump in November, […]

What did Maine’s Cruz delegates think of Trump’s speech?

Good morning from my apartment in Gardiner, where I was up late watching Donald Trump accept the Republican presidential nomination. He said America is increasingly threatened by crime and terrorism and he’s the only one who can fix it. But the context-free picture he painted was far bleaker than reality. The New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press all have […]

Will Maine-led superdelegate challenge gain traction at Democratic convention?

Good morning from Augusta. The big story Wednesday from Day 3 of the Republican National Convention was the speech from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in which he didn’t endorse former presidential rival Donald Trump, the party’s nominee. The convention erupted in boos after it became apparent that there wouldn’t be an endorsement, Trump ended up going onto the floor before Cruz […]