Category Archives: Elections

Maine Republicans: Strike ‘insurance’ from Medicaid expansion question

Several Maine Republicans said Tuesday that the Medicaid expansion question on the November ballot shouldn’t contain the word “insurance,” a concern that was quickly dismissed by a top Question 2 proponent. The group, led by former Maine Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett, sent a letter to Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap on Tuesday listing the use of “insurance” […]

York County casino bid to be Question 1 on Maine’s 2017 ballot

The drive for Maine’s third casino in York County will be Question 1 on Maine’s 2017 ballot and a push to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will be Question 2, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s office said Wednesday. The order of those two questions was decided in a random drawing by Dunlap on Wednesday afternoon. A $105 million transportation bond will be Question 3 and a constitutional amendment affecting Maine’s pension system […]

Former Angus King aide takes job as voice of Maine Democratic Party

The Maine Democratic Party has named a former spokesman for U.S. Sen. Angus King as its new communications director and the Maine Republican Party has brought in a data specialist as Maine’s two major political parties gear up for the 2018 elections. That election will include the entire Legislature, King’s seat in the Senate, both U.S. […]

The charlatan who grew Maine’s KKK and how it flamed out

Good morning from Augusta. The weekend’s news was dominated by the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white nationalist sympathizing with demonstrators there killed a woman after he allegedly plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters with a car. It began with a protest of Charlottesville’s pending move to take down a statue of Confederate General […]

Lawyers for York County casino backers: We don’t know about China-linked PAC

Three lawyers representing backers of the York County casino referendum on Maine’s 2018 ballot said Thursday they didn’t know in advance about a political committee with ties to China joining the race to pass their proposal. The Maine Ethics Commission is already investigating a political committee run by Lisa Scott — the sister of U.S. Virgin Islands developer […]

Libertarian candidates jump into races to unseat King and Poliquin

The list of candidates for Congress on Maine’s 2018 ballot continues to grow, including some from a new political persuasion for Maine: The Libertarian Party. Chris Lyons of Brunswick has announced that he has launched a campaign to oust fellow Brunswickian Angus King, an independent, from the U.S. Senate. Further north, Brian Kresge of Winterport […]

LePage: Collins will ‘back down’ in governor’s race if GOP base rejects her

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage looks to be leading a Republican civil war against U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ 2018 gubernatorial bid — before anyone’s sure that she’ll declare one and as she sits at the center of the national health care debate. The governor railed against the moderate Republican senator at a […]

What do Mainers think of Trump now? Probably what they did on Election Day

A new Gallup poll puts Maine at the middle of the pack among states when it comes to supporting President Donald Trump, which shouldn’t surprise many in our centrist state and doesn’t give us many clues about how our 2018 midterm election will go. The Republican is historically unpopular at just over six months into his […]

Democrats might have found the Mainer they want to challenge Poliquin

The 2018 race for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District got more interesting last week, when Assistant Maine House Majority Leader Jared Golden, D-Lewiston, said he’s thinking of running against U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in 2018. Democrats made a recruiting push for the seat last month. Golden’s name showed up Thursday in Roll Call as one of […]

Maine Legislature returns to decide on $200M bond package, vetoed bills

The halls of the State House are brimming again with the Legislature back in town for one of its final sessions of 2017. Those hallowed halls have been relatively quiet since the bruising state budget battle ended early July 4. Today’s session will focus mostly on procedural matters, though some of the items on the […]