Category Archives: Elections

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, […]

Monday roundup: Bruce Poliquin’s ‘A-list’ appointment to House Finance Committee positions him to rake in campaign cash

Leaders on Capitol Hill have chosen Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Bruce Poliquin to serve on the influential House Committee on Financial Services beginning in January when he is sworn in to fill the 2nd Congressional District seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud. The appointment is testament to Poliquin’s considerable skills in the financial sector and could be an […]

Monday roundup: Poll shows support for higher taxes; Nancy Pelosi endorses Emily Cain for Congress … in 2016

Are you sick of poll results yet? These aren’t about the Nov. 4 election, I promise. Days before the election, the Bangor Daily News released the results of a BDN/Ipsos poll conducted between October 23 and 29 of more than 1,000 Maine residents, including 946 registered voters and 488 likely voters. You’ve read about some of […]

How each campaign spent in their final days

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Campaigns for Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud spent up until the day before the election to try and win over voters. The expenditures in those final days give some insight into how the campaigns hoped they would push their respective candidates over the top. Michaud’s campaign spent heavily on television ads, with most spending right […]