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Mario Moretto

About Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto has been a Maine journalist, in print and online publications, since 2009. He joined the Bangor Daily News in 2012, first as a general assignment reporter in his native Hancock County and, now, in the State House.

Bellows gains traction with Dems after 350-mile walk, but still trails Collins overall

Shenna Bellows, the Democratic challenger to Maine’s incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, is picking up traction, at least with Democrats. That’s the result of a recently conducted Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by the Bellows campaign and shown to the Bangor Daily News on Friday. The poll, conducted four days after Bellows completed her 350-mile walking […]

Sportsman’s Alliance gives passing grades to all three gubernatorial candidates

All three major candidates for governor have received passing marks from the state’s most prominent advocacy group for hunters and outdoorsmen. Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, or SAM, announced Thursday that it’s not endorsing any candidate for governor, but did assess incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and independent candidate and businessman Eliot Cutler. All […]

Document apparently sent to hundreds by Aroostook Watchmen host looks like a Sovereign Citizen thing

Oh boy. Jack McCarthy (or someone claiming to be him) has sent a “courtesy notice” to hundreds of Maine lobbyists and other officials that is supposed to prevent them from ever interacting with him in the future. If they do choose to interact with him, McCarthy — host of the Aroostook Watchmen, member of the Constitutional […]

Cutler launches first television ad campaign

Cutler Ad

One day after receiving the endorsement of fellow independent and U.S. Sen. Angus King, Eliot Cutler has gone live with his first TV advertisement. The ad, titled “Jobs & the Economy,” focuses on Cutler’s business pedigree by highlighting Maine Seafood Ventures, a Portland-based company Cutler and four partners founded after the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, according to a […]

Bruce Poliquin’s Tea Party conundrum, plus 7 stories you need to read

The latest salvo by Democrats against the Republican candidate in the 2nd Congressional District, Bruce Poliquin, came in an email yesterday, when Democratic Party officials again linked Poliquin to the Tea Party movement. The “is he or isn’t he?” question about Poliquin’s relationship with the Tea Party has simmered since he won his party’s primary […]

LePage urges NFL to take ‘thugs and wife beaters off the field’ in letter to Goodell

In a letter dated Tuesday, Gov. Paul LePage implored NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to change the league’s policy on punishment for players who commit acts of domestic violence, and urged Goodell to atone for perceived leniency by making a big donation to an anti-domestic violence group. “I urge you to take the life-and-death matter of […]

Pat Flood, Maine Senate GOP’s budget guru, endorses Eliot Cutler

Maine Sen. Pat Flood, R-Winthrop, broke ranks with his party Wednesday to endorse independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler. While Flood would likely have topped many lists of potential GOP defectors from incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, his endorsement of Cutler is still the highest-profile from a partisan lawmaker so far, with the possible exception of former […]