Category Archives: Elections

Campaign coalesces to support campaign finance reform in November

Topsham poll worker Anette Philippon collects ballots during a special election on August 27. BDN photo by Troy Bennett.

This may be an off-year in the election cycle, but Mainers will be faced with at least one referendum on November’s ballot — an effort to reform the state’s campaign finance laws and stiffen penalties for those who break them. Earlier this month, a ballot question committee calling itself “Mainers for Accountable Elections” registered with […]

Hillary Clinton kicks off Maine campaign effort

Hillary Clinton waves to supporters at a political rally in Scarborough last October. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

Hillary Clinton has hired a veteran Democratic campaign hand to kick off her presidential campaign effort here in Maine. Chuck Quintero of Richmond will serve as Clinton’s “Maine Grassroots Organizer,” for what’s being described as the ramp-up portion of the former U.S. secretary of state’s 2016 presidential bid. Quintero most recently led the Democrat’s coordinated […]

Daily Brief: NAACP continuing call for discipline of Sen. Willette over Obama remarks

Good morning from Augusta, where the Legislature is capping off a busy week with a smattering of committee activity today. The House and Senate are not in session again until Tuesday. The saga of Republican Sen. Mike Willette of Presque Isle and his history of inflammatory Facebook posts continues today with an expected press conference […]

Daily Brief: LePage preparing 20 budget bills; clean elections headed back to the ballot

Good morning, folks. We’re still in orientation mode at the State House.  The Legislature’s policy committees are ramping up to full speed this week with a long list of introductory and informational meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Despite the attention that the House and Senate garner when bills finally make their way there, the […]

Senate recount reversal won’t affect elections of secretary of state, treasurer and attorney general

In one moment, Republican Cathy Manchester was the state senator for the Falmouth area and in the next, the seat belonged to Democrat Catherine Breen. Tuesday’s meeting of a Senate elections committee was stunning to behold. In case you missed it, a quick count of Election Day ballots in two locked metal boxes Tuesday afternoon […]

Maine jumps to ‘A’ for state political spending disclosures

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Maine’s one of 11 states with the most stringent financial disclosure requirements for outside political groups seeking to influence your vote, according to a campaign spending watchdog group. The National Institute on Money in State Politics gave Maine a perfect score in a report today for disclosure requirements from independent groups in state elections. It’s alongside Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, […]