All posts by Mario Moretto

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.

A King in Afghanistan, a possible shift in the polls, and 7 stories you need to read

U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, in a Blackhawk helicopter flying over Kabul during a two-day trip last weekend. Photo courtesy King's Senate office.

Maine’s junior senator, independent Angus King, was among the first members of Congress to meet with Afghanistan’s newly elected government this weekend during a six-day trip to to India and the Middle East. King was joined on the trip by U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia. Both senators are members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Kaine […]

Chris Christie, Olympia Snowe to headline fundraiser for LePage in Lewiston

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will return to Maine a third time on Oct. 14 for a private fundraiser for Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election campaign. Christie has already brought his big name and fundraising prowess to Maine twice this year: He appeared with LePage at public and private appearances in Portland in […]

Let the debates begin! — plus, 7 stories you need to read

With less than a month until Election Day, candidates are beginning to take the stage for debates, which begin this week with the 1st Congressional District debate scheduled for tonight. The debate, hosted by the BDN and Portland’s CBS 13, begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be live streamed here at bangordailynews.com. All three candidates — […]

Planned Parenthood asks Shenna Bellows to stop claiming Susan Collins voted to ‘defund’ them

On Thursday, Planned Parenthood Federation of America reached out to Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows to ask her to clarify a portion of her campaign website regarding Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. A section of Bellows website outlining policy differences between her and Collins stated that Collins had “voted to defund Planned Parenthood,” but the […]

LePage to receive endorsement from NRA, other guns-rights groups on Thursday

Gov. Paul LePage. BDN file photo by Gabor Degre

Gov. Paul LePage tomorrow will receive the endorsement of the NRA and several other guns-rights advocates under the umbrella of the “Sportsmen for LePage Coalition” at a news conference in Hermon. LePage will be joined by Coalition chairman Jeff Zimba, National Rifle Association’s Maine liaison John Hohenwarter, Todd Tolhurst from the nonprofit group Gun Owners of Maine, and […]

Michaud retains slight lead in newest poll, plus 7 stories you need to read

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud last week in Portland. BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett.

The latest poll regarding Maine’s gubernatorial race shows the Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, with a small but statistically irrelevant advantage over incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, and independent candidate Eliot Cutler trailing far behind. The latest survey, commissioned by the Portland Press Herald and conducted Sept. 18-25 by pollsters at the University of […]