Category Archives: Elections

Maine treasurer, AG to face challenges from Democratic lawmaker, GOP lobbyist

An outgoing Democratic lawmaker and a Republican lobbyist are gearing up to challenge Maine State Treasurer Terry Hayes and Attorney General Janet Mills when the Legislature returns to Augusta for swearing-in day on Wednesday. Those are the only two expected races for Maine’s constitutional officer positions, to be decided in a secret-ballot vote of the 186-member Legislature, which will be closely […]

Question 2 recount withdrawal shifts tax reform question to LePage’s budget proposal

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re only going to have one referendum recount after opponents of Question 2 withdrew a request on Tuesday, making the vote official with the pro-referendum side winning by nearly 9,600 votes. On Monday, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s office will hold a recount on Question 1, which would legalize marijuana. It passed by […]

Maine officials aren’t sure what to make of Trump’s infrastructure plan yet

Good morning from Augusta, where the State House is pretty quiet this week in the lead-up to Thanksgiving. So, we’ll look to one of President-elect Donald Trump’s biggest policy plans after an often unspecific campaign — injecting the mind-boggling sum of $1 trillion into infrastructure projects in the next 10 years. It has only been vaguely outlined […]

Will the Sanders faction gain more traction in the Maine Democratic Party?

Good morning from Augusta. We’re watching the upcoming battle this weekend over leadership of the Maine Democratic Party after the election that saw President-elect Donald Trump win the 2nd Congressional District. That historic split of Maine’s electoral votes has roiled Democrats, whose state committee will vote on Sunday on whether or not to replace party Chairman Phil Bartlett. […]

Maine Democratic Party leader will have to fight to keep job

Good morning from Augusta, where Tuesday’s election is already providing fallout for Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett. Outgoing state Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, confirmed late Wednesday that she’ll run to replace Bartlett at the state committee’s next meeting on Nov. 20, while term-limited House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, said he’s considering a run. In a […]

Still undecided? Meet ‘Soul Tsukino,’ one of 14 presidential candidates from Maine

Good morning from Augusta, where I figured you were bored with and burned out from this slog of a presidential election that’s coming in an eternal four days. So, we wanted to let you know about Maine’s 14 declared write-in candidates for the presidency, although that list includes “Cracked Fourpounder” of the non-existent Halifax, Maine, an apparent reference to […]