Category Archives: Elections

Will other big-name Republicans join LePage at Trump’s Bangor rally?

Good morning from Augusta, where reporters and Gov. Paul LePage have something in common: We’re all preparing for Donald Trump’s Wednesday rally in Bangor. Maine’s Republican governor was one of the first major office-holding endorsers of the billionaire who is now the party’s presumptive nominee, so it’s only natural that LePage would be there, as […]

Donald Trump to rally in Bangor on Wednesday

Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump will hold a rally in Bangor on Wednesday. It will be the New York City billionaire’s second trip to Maine after a Portland rally just before the state’s presidential caucuses in March, where he was introduced by Gov. Paul LePage, who has been a surrogate for Trump since a February endorsement. Wednesday’s rally […]

Marijuana legalization question to lead off Maine’s 2016 ballot

The campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Maine drew the coveted Question 1 spot on the statewide 2016 ballot during Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s random drawing on Monday. The November ballot will be a crowded place for referendum efforts, with five citizen-initiated ballot questions and a bond question. The marijuana legalization question will be followed on the ballot […]

Poll: Clinton leads Trump in Maine, but race tied in 2nd District

Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton led Republican Donald Trump in a new Maine poll from the Portland Press Herald, but both are deeply unpopular and Trump is within striking distance in the state’s northern half. The poll doesn’t tell us much new about the 2016 race for the White House in Maine: Public sentiment, as measured […]

Collins’ terrorist watchlist gun ban survives, but how alive is it?

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re watching the debate the compromise gun legislation from U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, after it passed an initial vote on Thursday. But that belies its chances of passage and global and national events are overshadowing Maine politics today. Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a stunning move that made […]

Recount in Maine’s 1st Congressional District set for next week

The recount in the Republican primary for the party’s nomination in Maine’s 1st Congressional District has been set for Tuesday, but the result may not be known until week’s end. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s office said Wednesday that the recount between apparent winner Mark Holbrook and Ande Smith is expected to take between three and four […]

Town GOP chair quits after LePage-backed insurgent wins primary

Good morning from Augusta, where we still don’t know who the Republican nominee for Maine’s 1st Congressional District is and a different divide has led to the resignation of a party official. Tyler Washburn, chairman of town Republicans in Bowdoin, said late Wednesday that he stepped down after conservative insurgent Guy Lebida of Bowdoin beat Republican state Sen. Linda […]

Bloomberg group gives Maine gun purchase background check proponents huge cash edge

Good morning from Augusta, where filings from two groups looking to expand firearm background checks on Maine’s 2016 ballot show that they’re awash in much more cash from a group linked to Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-mayor of New York City. In April and May, filings with the Maine Ethics Commission show that the group, Everytown […]