Most Mainers may support ranked-choice voting. But do they understand it?

Good morning from Augusta, where some new polling on ranked-choice voting — apparently one of this year’s more under-the-radar election issues in Maine — caught our eye this morning. The Portland Press Herald continued releasing results from its mid-September poll of more than 500 Maine voters, finding that 48 percent of respondents supported Question 5 on the November […]

‘Dark money’ from California backs Maine Democrat challenging Senate president

A California-based political organization has pledged $50,000 to the Democrat in one of Maine’s most-watched Senate contests, again highlighting that money from out-of-state is pouring into legislative races. The $50,000 pledge, which was revealed in registration paperwork filed last month for a political action committee called Progressive Maine, is intended to help Democrat Jonathan Fulford […]

It looks like Clinton won the debate. Will she gain an edge?

Good morning from Augusta, where I’m recovering from a late night watching last night’s historic presidential debate at the Bangor Daily News’ watch party in Portland. Nobody in that liberal bastion seemed to think Republican Donald Trump bested Democrat Hillary Clinton. Our crews fanned out across the state captured more diverse reactions. “Who won the debate?” […]

LePage’s drug arrest photo binder undermines 90% black, Hispanic claim

More than half of the photographs filling a binder that Gov. Paul LePage cited as supporting a claim that upward of 90 percent of suspects arrested in Maine on opiate-trafficking charges are out-of-state “black and Hispanic people” are instead of white drug defendants. The Republican governor’s office released the 148-page file on Monday after public access requests from the Bangor Daily News […]

New poll shows solid leads for Poliquin, Trump in Maine’s 2nd District

Good morning from Augusta, where there are new Maine-centric poll numbers to peruse thanks to the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. In the presidential race, which is on everyone’s mind today with the first 90-minute debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump scheduled for tonight, the poll […]

George Mitchell: Trump will take the US backwards

Good morning from Augusta. Yesterday’s political story of the day was in Lewiston, where former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell was stumping with Democratic 2nd Congressional District candidate Emily Cain. That wasn’t a surprise: Mitchell, a Waterville native who rose to be Senate majority leader and czar for peace in the Middle East and Northern Ireland is […]

Obama threatens to veto ‘onerous’ Poliquin bill on Iranian leaders’ finances

Calling it “onerous” before it passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, President Barack Obama’s administration issued a Wednesday veto threat of a bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin that would force the U.S. to disclose financial information on top Iranian officials. It’s linked to opposition from Poliquin and fellow Republicans to the Democratic president’s 2015 nuclear […]