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Mark Holbrook of Brunswick, 2016 Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives, Maine's 1st Congressional District

Underdog in Maine’s 1st District follows campaign trail blazed by LePage, Trump

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 25, 2016, at 7 a.m.
With the chips stacked against him in his challenge of fourth-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, Republican Mark Holbrook is convinced there are factors lurking outside conventional wisdom that will lead to his victory.
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When it comes to election reform, ranked-choice voting a poor method to empower voters

By Gordon Weil on Sept. 24, 2016, at 7:41 a.m.
There are at least four other ways of dealing with plurality elections. They are less unusual, less complicated and more transparent. They are all less costly. And they are less dangerous to real democracy.

Most Clinton emails to be released after election, report says

By Reuters on Sept. 23, 2016, at 8:15 p.m.
Most of the emails the FBI recovered during its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system while secretary of state will not be made available until after the Nov. 8 presidential election under a timetable set by a judge on Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Obama vetoes Sept. 11 Saudi bill, setting up showdown with Congress

By Patricia Zengerle and Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Sept. 23, 2016, at 8:15 p.m.
President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed legislation allowing families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, which could prompt Congress to overturn his decision with a rare veto override, the first of his presidency.

Long a rival, Ted Cruz endorses Trump

By Steve Holland, Reuters on Sept. 23, 2016, at 8:13 p.m.
In an abrupt shift, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday, saying he is the only candidate who can stop Democrat Hillary Clinton from winning the White House on Nov. 8.
Suboxone strips sit on the shelf at Community Pharmacies in Gorham in this March 2015 file photo.

Maine joins suit against anti-addiction drug maker, months after company got a business boon

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 23, 2016, at 3:49 p.m.
Maine and 35 other states on Friday sued the maker of the opioid addiction treatment medication Suboxone.
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The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

By Targeted News Service on Sept. 23, 2016, at 2:42 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week. Along with roll call votes this week, the House also passed the GAO Mandates Revision Act, to eliminate or modify certain mandates of the Government Accountability Office; passed the Stability and Democracy for Ukraine …
Bath Iron Works' largest crane towers over the shipyard in Bath.

Bath Iron Works cuts 160 jobs, including layoff of 30 workers

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 23, 2016, at 11:48 a.m.
Bath Iron Works on Friday announced it would lay off 30 employees as part of a larger elimination of 160 positions in engineering and support areas such as human resources and finance.
STATE & CAPITOL

George Mitchell: Trump will take the US backwards

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:49 a.m.
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 …
Mylan NL CEO Heather Bresch holds EpiPens during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Rising Price of EpiPens at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., September 21, 2016.

EpiPen makers brought parent bloggers to lavish events to gain influence

By Dave McKinney, Reuters on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.
CHICAGO — When Mylan NV recruited food allergy bloggers to learn about its campaign to get allergic shock antidotes into schools, many were eager to join the maker of the EpiPens they carry in purses and stash in book bags to protect their children against potentially lethal attacks. The bloggers, …
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Question 3 misses the target. With guns, that’s a problem.

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 6:04 a.m.
If you don’t know what you’re going to hit — whether extended families or hunters — don’t pull the trigger.
Hillary Clinton greets the crowd along with Sen. Bernie Sanders during an event in which she was endorsed by Sanders at Portsmouth High School on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Bernie Sanders leaders on college campuses turning their backs on Clinton campaign

By Alex Daugherty, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Sept. 22, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
“People are excited to talk about how much they hate Trump, but there’s not a huge excitement about Hillary,” said Elizabeth Siyuan Lee.
STATE & CAPITOL

As a 50-50 U.S. Senate looms, spotlight shines on King, Collins

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 9:45 a.m.
A Politico story has us contemplating Maine having the two most powerful U.S. senators in the country.
Sen. Justin Alfond (left) and Speaker of the House Mark Eves give a presentation on the Democrats' budget proposal during a town hall meeting at the Hammond Street Congregational Church in Bangor in this April 2015 file photo.

Maine Democrats’ reworked strategy focuses less on LePage

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:52 a.m.
Democratic legislative leaders hopeful of securing significant House and Senate majorities in November sought to launch a new narrative about their vision for the future of Maine.
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Poll says Poliquin is winning. Is he?

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:01 a.m.
If you look at what the Cain campaign is doing right now, things look pretty desperate.
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Gary Johnson is critically flawed, but deserves to debate

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 5:53 a.m.
The decision to keep him out of the first presidential debate is arbitrary, ridiculous and a disservice to the American republic.
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Obama threatens to veto ‘onerous’ Poliquin bill on Iranian leaders’ finances

on Sept. 21, 2016, at 1:28 p.m.
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 …
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage named fifth-most disliked governor in national poll

on Sept. 21, 2016, at 9:54 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where the country’s fifth-most disliked governor resides, according to the latest poll from Morning Consult. Gov. Paul LePage registered at 58 percent disapproval among Mainers in the latest survey conducted between May and September, which barely moved from the group’s past two surveys released in May 2016 and November …
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LePage-induced gridlock gives birth to ballot initiatives

on Sept. 21, 2016, at 9:13 a.m.
The issues range from social and economic reform to election reform, but all five initiatives are on the ballot for a simple reason.

Clinton calls national security team after attacks, as Trump challenges her credentials

By Amanda Becker and Emily Flitter, Reuters on Sept. 21, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton consulted national security advisers on Tuesday after weekend bomb blasts renewed fears of domestic attacks, as Republican Donald Trump accused her of pushing policies that made the United States less safe.