Category Archives: Elections

A post-nomination challenge for Clinton: Rallying Maine’s left

Good morning from Portland, where I spotted this flyer aiming to convert Bernie Sanders supporters to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on my way through Monument Square to grab coffee. It was jarring after the unity-fest that was yesterday’s Democratic National Convention, which culminated with Hillary Clinton accepting the nomination and contrasting her “steady leadership” with Republican […]

Trade battle leaks from presidential race into Maine’s 2nd District

Good morning from Augusta. It was another rah-rah day for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, where President Barack Obama and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine made the case for their party’s presidential nominee. But on Tuesday, Clinton had a bit of a headache when Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close ally, said she’d […]

Republicans’ hopes of winning the Maine Legislature look slightly better

Democrats still look well-positioned to make gains in the race for control of the Maine Legislature in 2016, but Republicans have gotten a few more opportunities in nip-and-tuck districts. The Bangor Daily News first published district-by-district analyses of the Maine Senate and House of Representatives in May. It’s subjective, taking past election results, voter registration data and candidate […]

Maine casts most votes for Sanders on a day of pro-Clinton unity

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re keeping an eye on Maine’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention this week. The convention nominated Clinton on Tuesday, after her primary opponent, Bernie Sanders, made the motion that crowned her in a historic display of party unity. The day was headlined by a speech from former President Bill Clinton. […]

A Maine Democrat’s day in the national convention spotlight

Good morning from downtown Gardiner, where it’s already hot and I’m feeling the effects of a sunburn from a weekend on Webb Pond in Hancock County. But I’ll power through, because it’s my job to tell you about the Maine delegation feeling the Bern in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention. The roll call vote to […]

How Maine’s Democratic delegation is making noise in Philly

Good morning from Portland. This weekend, we told you why Maine’s Bernie Sanders-heavy delegation matters at the Democratic National Convention, starting this week, in Philadelphia. Today, we’ll tell you how they’ve been on the edge of anti-establishment dissent so far. The convention, where Hillary Clinton will be nominated to run against Republican Donald Trump in November, […]

What did Maine’s Cruz delegates think of Trump’s speech?

Good morning from my apartment in Gardiner, where I was up late watching Donald Trump accept the Republican presidential nomination. He said America is increasingly threatened by crime and terrorism and he’s the only one who can fix it. But the context-free picture he painted was far bleaker than reality. The New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press all have […]

Will Maine-led superdelegate challenge gain traction at Democratic convention?

Good morning from Augusta. The big story Wednesday from Day 3 of the Republican National Convention was the speech from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in which he didn’t endorse former presidential rival Donald Trump, the party’s nominee. The convention erupted in boos after it became apparent that there wouldn’t be an endorsement, Trump ended up going onto the floor before Cruz […]

This former Maine congressman wants to do something nobody’s done in 136 years

Without much fanfare, a former Maine congressman announced that he’s looking to re-enter the political arena this week. After another Republican dropped out, David Emery of Tenants Harbor, who represented Maine’s 1st District from 1975 to 1983, is the only person who has publicly expressed interest in the party’s nomination for a seat now held by state Sen. David […]

Angus King backs Clinton, hitting Trump’s ‘judgment and temperament’

U.S. Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent, told CNN on Thursday that he’d vote for Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in November, questioning Republican Donald Trump’s “judgment and temperament.” The former governor’s endorsement isn’t much of a surprise, since he caucuses with Democrats, generally supports their agenda and he has a preclusion to supporting politicians with deep […]