Politics

 
The Bath Iron Works-built USS Michael Murphy, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.

Bath Iron Works could land contract for additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

By Beth Brogan on June 09, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
BATH, Maine — The fact that the Marine Corps usually gets what it wants bodes well for Bath Iron Works’ chances of winning a contract to build another DDG-51 destroyer, a leading defense industry analyst said Monday. Naval industry analyst Jay Korman of The Avascent Group said Monday that a …
Gov. Paul LePage

Ethics commission fines LePage for missing campaign finance deadlines

By Mario Moretto on June 09, 2014, at 4:27 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Ethics Commission has levied fines against Gov. Paul LePage for missing two campaign finance deadlines in the past week. The penalties, totaling $210, are preliminary, and LePage has the opportunity to request a waiver. Between May 28 and June 9, Maine law required candidates for …

Obama moves to ease student loan burdens, urges Congress to act

By Reuters on June 09, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order making it easier for up to 5 million people to pay off college tuition debt, and scolded congressional Republicans for opposing legislation that would lower student-loan borrowing costs. Obama signed an executive order allowing more people to limit repayments …

VA audit: 100,000 veterans endure long waits before receiving medical care

By David Lawder and Emily Stephenson, Reuters on June 09, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday that around 100,000 veterans are experiencing long waits for health care appointments at VA facilities, with more than half of these waiting 90 days or more. In results of an internal audit ordered as the scandal over deadly VA wait …
POLL QUESTION
David Boyer (center), Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, addresses the media and a handful of people gathered in Kennedy Park during a press conference Monday. He and his group are hoping to make legal the possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use and are launching an effort to collect enough voter signatures to put the issue on a citywide ballot in November. To his left is former Rep. Stavros Mendros. At right is Luke Jensen, who is running for Lewiston's House District 58 seat.

‘It’s about just letting people be free’: Pot legalization advocates push for Lewiston vote

By Scott Thistle on June 09, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Advocates hoping to make legal the possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use have launched an effort to collect enough voter signatures to put the issue on a Lewiston municipal ballot in November. “The petition process will spark a public dialogue about marijuana …
Governor Paul LePage

Democrats balk at LePage’s renewed push for special legislative session

By Mario Moretto on June 09, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Friday used a letter to legislative leaders to renew his call for a special session of the Legislature to deal with loose ends he said Democrats left hanging when they adjourned in May. But Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland, says majority Democrats …
From the community

Northern Maine Chapter, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence

By kayakmomma on June 09, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Northern Maine Chapter, MCAHV, 96 Harlow Street, Bangor, Maine Meeting Thursday, June 19, at 6:00 at Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Harlow Street, Bangor. Join us in planning events to raise awareness about the need for universal background …
STATE & CAPITOL (blog)

LePage’s endorsement of Misiuk spends more time on LePage than Misiuk

on June 09, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage dipped his toe in the endorsement game Monday with a nod to Isaac Misiuk, a Republican who is opposing Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree in the general election for the 1st Congressional District in southern Maine. The Misiuk campaign funded the production of a more than one-minute …
CAMPAIGN 2014
A sign paid for by the Bangor Education Association encourages residents to vote in favor of the Bangor school budget.

Get ready to vote with the BDN’s Election Day primer

on June 09, 2014, at 10:50 a.m.
With the June election a day away, we’ve got a roundup of all our recent political coverage to get you ready to cast your ballot. Voters in the 2nd District will decide which Republican and Democratic candidates will face off in the fall for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s seat, Bangor …
U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl waits in a pick-up truck before he is freed at the Afghan border, in this still image from video released June 4, 2014.

Kerry calls threats of swapped Taliban prisoners to resume war ‘a lot of baloney’

By David Lerman and Greg Giroux, Bloomberg on June 09, 2014, at 7:06 a.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said threats by the five freed Taliban prisoners swapped for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to return to war and kill Americans are “a lot of baloney.” Defending the swap that secured the release of the last American prisoner of war in Afghanistan, …

3 Democrats vie for York County Sheriff

By Casey Conley, Foster's Daily Democrat on June 09, 2014, at 6:07 a.m.
ALFRED, Maine — Three veteran police officials are running to replace Maurice Ouellette as York County Sheriff. The candidates, all Democrats with no prior political experience, include South Berwick Police Chief Dana Lajoie, York County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy William King and retired York County sheriff’s deputy Paul Main. The sheriff’s …
 
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