U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (center) speaks with members of the Penobscot Fly Fishers club during Orland River Days on Saturday.

Michaud, LePage, Cutler amassing donations ahead of Blaine House bids

By Christopher Cousins on July 01, 2013, at 5:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA | With the gubernatorial election still more than a year away, the stockpiling of campaign cash has begun in earnest with at least two of the likely candidates for governor already banking hundreds of thousands of dollars. Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud, who is seriously mulling a gubernatorial run, …
Elizabeth Milliken of Old Orchard Beach looks toward her husband who was playing a nearby slot machine at Hollywood Casino — then Hollywood Slots — in Bangor in June 2009.

Acquisition could have Maine casino overseer monitoring its own slot machines

By Matthew Stone on July 01, 2013, at 4:12 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The company that tracks slot machine revenues at Maine’s casinos and warns the state’s gaming regulators if anything is amiss is acquiring one of the five slot machine distributors authorized to do business in Maine. Scientific Games, which holds a state contract to track real-time slot machine …
Maine Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, shrugs off personal attacks by Governor Paul LePage in Augusta. The Governor used a crude metaphor to suggest Jackson is not acting in the best interest of the Maine people. Jackson recently announced his run for U.S. Congress.

Aroostook County’s Sen. Troy Jackson announces run for congressional seat

By Christopher Cousins on July 01, 2013, at 10:33 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A second Democrat has entered the race for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District 16 months before the election. Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, announced Monday that he filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to enter the race Monday morning. The filing sets up a Democratic primary between Jackson …

CD2 Poll Sponsor Should Be Disclosed

on July 01, 2013, at 8:52 a.m.
Yesterday, BDN blogger Ethan Strimling released some results from a poll of potential Democratic primary voters in the Second Congressional District. I have a number of questions about the poll and the reporting, but the biggest problem by far is that Strimling has refused to say which candidate sponsored the …

Texas abortion fight to reignite in second special session

By Corrie MacLaggan, Reuters on July 01, 2013, at 8:02 a.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — When the Texas Legislature convenes on Monday for a second special session, the Republican majority will seek to do what it couldn’t pull off in the first, when Democrat Wendy Davis stalled the measure for hours: Pass sweeping abortion restrictions. Opponents who crowded the State Capitol last …
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes opening remarks at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) - U.S Ministerial Meeting during the 46th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan July 1, 2013.

U.S. seeks to calm European outrage over alleged spying

By Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal, Reuters on July 01, 2013, at 7:06 a.m.
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — U.S. President Barack Obama tried on Monday to reassure European allies affronted by reports of U.S. spying by suggesting all the world’s intelligence services were involved in finding out the thinking of opponents and allies alike. The European Union has demanded the United States explain …

European Union confronts U.S. over reports it spies on allies in Europe

By Ben Deighton and Annika Breidthardt, Reuters on July 01, 2013, at 6:58 a.m.
BRUSSELS/BERLIN — The European Union has demanded that the United States explain a report in a German magazine that Washington is spying on the group, using strong language to confront its closest trading partner over its alleged surveillance activities. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said on Sunday that U.S. authorities …
Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.

Misinformation on classified NSA programs includes statements by senior US officials

By Greg Miller, The Washington Post on July 01, 2013, at 6:38 a.m.
U.S. officials have cited a variety of factors to explain the discrepancies, including the challenge of speaking publicly and definitively about programs that remain classified
Alex Willette, 24, R-Mapleton, is the State Representative for House District 7 and the Assistant Republican Leader in the House.

GOP leader Alexander Willette, 24, says he is a candidate for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District

By Christopher Cousins on July 01, 2013, at 5:25 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Assistant House Minority Leader Alexander Willette, R-Mapleton, has announced that he will file the necessary paperwork Monday to become a candidate for Maine’s 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Willette, who is in his second term in District 7 of the Maine House, said …