Category Archives: Elections

Clinton, Bush — likely losers in New Hampshire — hold Maine fundraising leads

Political eyes are trained toward New Hampshire on Tuesday, as record turnout is expected to decide the state’s first-in-the-nation primary that could change the 2016 presidential race. The prohibitive favorites are Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump, who respectively have greater than 99 percent and 69 percent chances of winning, according to polling forecasts by FiveThirtyEight. It’s […]

Maine’s congressional delegation demands VA program fix

Good morning from Augusta, which should be reasonably quiet today, with three legislative committees set to do work today. This week, the Maine Legislature’s biggest topic of discussion will likely be conformity with federal income tax changes, an issue that has consisted mostly of partisan posturing so far between Gov. Paul LePage and Democrats. Two […]

LePage makes final New Hampshire swing for Christie

Gov. Paul LePage has a full slate of events in New Hampshire today, where he’s campaigning with Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie, who has staked his hopes on a strong showing in Tuesday’s primary. The New Jersey governor’s campaign probably depends on Maine’s neighbor, especially after Christie’s 10th-place finish in the Iowa caucuses on Monday. He’s […]

King to CVS: Make overdose-reversing drug available without prescription

Good morning from a snowy Augusta, which should be sleepy on Friday with just one legislative committee doing work. Here’s the Maine Emergency Management Agency’s guide to not falling on snow or ice. Gov. Paul LePage has livened up quiet news days before, and we’re waiting for his State of the State address to be delivered (on paper) to […]

Ted Cruz to get dozens of Maine endorsements on Thursday

Good morning from Augusta, where a large group of Republican legislators and activists is set to endorse presidential hopeful Ted Cruz on Thursday. Between 40 and 50 legislators will hold a noon news conference at the State House to announce support for the Texas senator, who won the Iowa caucuses on Monday, finishing ahead of runner-up Donald […]

Who will Maine’s Rand Paul supporters turn to in 2016?

Rand Paul’s Wednesday announcement that he’s leaving the 2016 presidential race means that Maine Republicans lost the candidate who paid them the most attention during the past year. The Kentucky senator spoke at the 2014 state party convention with a hopeful message of broadening the party to better attract independents. That was before he was an […]

Is the campaign for a new Maine casino in danger?

Backers of a new casino in York County submitted signatures to the state on Monday to place a question seeking Maine voters’ support for the effort on the November 2016 state ballot, but given reports from clerks in Maine’s biggest cities and the campaign’s opaque nature, we’re not sure if it’ll get there. To get on this year’s ballot, […]

Signatures stream into Augusta on 2016 referendum deadline day

It’s looking like Maine could have six major referendums on the November 2016 ballot, deciding on marijuana legalization, increasing K-12 funding, a new casino, increasing the minimum wage, requiring background checks for all gun purchases, and establishing a statewide ranked-choice voting system. Monday is the deadline for citizen initiative efforts to submit more than 61,000 signatures to the […]

Democrats reveal details of LePage’s $38 million tax plan

Two Democratic representatives who say they’re tired of Gov. Paul LePage’s administration concealing from the public how he wants to pay for a $38 million tax conformity bill revealed Thursday to the Bangor Daily News what they say he has proposed. The Republican governor’s administration declined to answer questions from the BDN on Thursday about the proposal […]

Biddeford state senator to resign seat, citing alcohol abuse

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re still digesting the contents of Gov. Paul LePage’s televised town hall meeting in Bangor last night. Check out our quick takes on that event. But early today, Sen. David Dutremble, D-Biddeford, announced that he’ll resign his seat Thursday to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. The second-term senator and city firefighter told the […]