Matthew Stone

Matthew Stone

Opinion Page Editor


Strimling hangs onto a lead for Portland mayor

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 03, 2015, at 9:33 p.m.
Portland has now reported results out of eight of its 12 precincts, according to BDN reporter Seth Koenig. The highlights: Ethan Strimling continues to hold onto a decisive lead. Strimling 4,608 votes (53.7 percent); Brennan 3,135; MacMillan 846. The “no” votes are winning both local ballot questions — $15 minimum wage and …

A high-turnout night (for an off-year)

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 03, 2015, at 9:29 p.m.
That's more than 8,300 people voting today in Lewiston — 34%. Massive. #mepolitics — Michael Shepherd (@mikeshepherdME) November 4, 2015 Story continues below advertisement.

Queen City favors clean elections

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 03, 2015, at 9:16 p.m.
A few other takeaways from the election results here in Bangor: Question 1 got a boost. Bangor voters favored it 60-40. Bangor voters also favored Question 2 (affordable senior housing bond) and Question 3 (transportation bond) by larger margins. Jennifer Ann DeGroff and Brian Doore claimed the two school committee …

Lewiston Mayor Macdonald is ‘running against Portland’

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 03, 2015, at 9:12 p.m.
In remarks to reporters after the results came in, Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald said he has the same message going into the runoff against Ben Chin. He also said he’s “running against Portland” and Chin supporters there. “They’ve inserted themselves in this election with a lot of money.” Portland Press …

Bangor’s results are in

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 03, 2015, at 9:05 p.m.
Bangor didn’t have the high-profile local contests that Lewiston and Portland did. But seven residents were in the running for three seats on the City Council. Incumbent David Nealley and challengers Joseph Perry and Sarah Nichols won.

Lewiston is headed for a runoff

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 03, 2015, at 9:01 p.m.
Lewiston’s heated contest for mayor isn’t over. Ben Chin captured more votes than incumbent Robert Macdonald, but not a majority.   BREAKING: Runoff in Lewiston between Chin and MacDonald. #mepolitics — Michael Shepherd (@mikeshepherdME) November 4, 2015Story continues below advertisement. Chin 3,763, MacDonald 3,106. #mepolitics — Michael Shepherd (@mikeshepherdME) November …

Rockland’s newest councilor

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 03, 2015, at 8:49 p.m.
From BDN reporter Stephen Betts: Rockland’s newest city councilor, who defeated Mayor Frank Isganitis. This is William Jillson, Rockland's soon to be newest city councilor. He defeated Mayor Frank Isganitis 528 to 476. Posted by Stephen Betts on Tuesday, November 3, 2015Story continues below advertisement.

Strimling leads in Portland so far

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 03, 2015, at 8:41 p.m.
Early results are in from three of Portland’s 12 precincts. So far, Strimling leads Brennan 57-35 percent. MacMillan has captured 8 percent of the early sample. Portland voters so far are also opposing the $15 minimum wage increase and the proposed scenic views ordinance. On the statewide ballot, Question 1 …

Hoping for an early answer on weed in Ohio?

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 03, 2015, at 8:19 p.m.
We’ll have to wait a bit longer than anticipated to find out whether Ohio voters have gone the way of weed legalization. Polls in Hamilton County, Ohio, won’t close until 9 p.m. after the pro-legalization campaign successfully sued to get a judge to extend the voting time in one of …

Minot is No. 1 — by our standards

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 03, 2015, at 8:13 p.m.
The town of Minot in Androscoggin County is the first to have tallied its resulted and submitted them to us at the BDN. The result? 129 votes for Question 1 and 191 against. Voters there gave their approval to the two other ballot questions.

Polls closed, results soon

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 03, 2015, at 8:05 p.m.
Polls have closed. We can expect results to start trickling in, particularly those from larger towns that tally ballots by machine. Polls are closed in Maine. Election results for statewide and local races expected shortly at #mepolitics — Bangor Daily News (@bangordailynews) November 4, 2015 Story continues below advertisement.

Around the nation, electoral activity to watch

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 03, 2015, at 7:52 p.m.
There’s plenty of electoral activity to keep Maine humming tonight, but it’s also worth looking across the country at some noteworthy elections and ballot items. The Washington Post has this breakdown of eight “races worth watching.” Among them: Marijuana legalization in Ohio: Ohio’s unique marijuana legalization question would limit pot cultivation …

Maine’s urban electorate

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 03, 2015, at 7:18 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage was helped by support in Maine’s rural areas during his two successful elections. Today, with turnout expected to be as low as 13-17 percent, Maine’s cities could be disproportionately represented in the statewide results. Maine’s largest cities, after all, are home to some of the highest-profile ballot …
Voters turn in their ballots Tuesday morning at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Insights and updates: Live blogging Election 2015

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 03, 2015, at 6:20 p.m.

Maine didn’t do so well on the Smarter Balanced test. The hard part is figuring out why.

By Matthew Stone on Oct. 17, 2015, at 7:42 a.m.
The Smarter Balanced assessment paints a more sobering picture of how Maine students stack up with their peers across the country.

Is Maine the next ballot selfie frontier?

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 18, 2015, at 6:32 a.m.
When Republicans and Democrats in New Hampshire cast their presidential primary votes in February, expect some to post photos with their completed ballots to Facebook and Twitter.
Gov. Paul LePage (second from left) stands with his commissioner nominees. They are (from left) Norman Olsen of Cherryfield, who is nominated to lead the Department of Marine Resources; Darryl Brown of Livermore Falls, nominated to head the Department of Environmental Protection; and Philip Congdon of Round Pond, nominated to lead the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Do you remember these 11 former LePage administration commissioners?

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 31, 2015, at 6:16 p.m.
Turnover is expected in Cabinet-level jobs under any governor. LePage had three of his commissioners depart in his first year on the job.
An initiative to preserve a 215-acre parcel around Knight's Pond in Cumberland is among conservation projects across the state that are in limbo as Gov. Paul LePage refuses to issue $11.5 million in conservation bonds. Some $6.5 million of that bonding authority has effectively expired.

How $6.5 million in conservation bonds lapsed: A timeline

By Matthew Stone on July 15, 2015, at 3:18 p.m.
The window of opportunity has closed on $6.5 million in voter-authorized conservation bonds. While the bonds, a key funding source for the state’s Land for Maine’s Future program, have been the subject of intense debate in recent months, the saga of the expired bonds stretches back more than five years. …
Gov. Paul LePage

Did lawmakers have a LePage investigation in mind in 2002?

By Matthew Stone on July 02, 2015, at 3:18 p.m.
What did the Legislature have in mind more than a decade ago when it created a new office to review government operations and whether government money was being spent appropriately? That’s a question up for debate now as the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability starts to investigate Gov. …
Steven Bridges and Michael Snell smile after getting married at Portland City Hall on Dec. 29, 2012, the first day same-sex couples could obtain marriage licenses.

This is how same-sex marriage took shape in Maine and the nation

By Matthew Stone on June 26, 2015, at 10:03 a.m.
Barely more than a decade ago, same-sex couples couldn’t marry legally anywhere in the U.S. Today, the Supreme Court ruled that all states are required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In the 12 years since Massachusetts’ highest court ruled same-sex couples in that state had the right to …