Third-party candidate Evan McMullin, an independent, talks to the press as he campaigns in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 12.

In Maine donations, a surprising new candidate makes a late mark

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 22, 2016, at 7 a.m.
Independent challenger Evan McMullin disclosed his first Maine contribution — $1,050 from a Fort Fairfield donor — in September.
Sen. Andre Cushing attends to business in Augusta in this December 2014 file photo.

Maine Sen. Andre Cushing’s sister accuses him of ‘fraud’ in ethics complaint

By Michael Shepherd on Oct. 21, 2016, at 3:49 p.m.
The complaint alleges that Assistant Senate Majority Leader Andre Cushing moved thousands of dollars between political and private bank accounts with a family-owned business as a conduit.

Poll: Clinton, Trump virtually tied in Maine’s 2nd District

on Oct. 21, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.
The latest poll of Maine’s presidential election preferences found Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump in a dead heat in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, a battleground that’s gotten much more attention than usual this cycle.

Maine’s congressional delegation isn’t worried about ‘rigged’ elections

on Oct. 21, 2016, at 10:48 a.m.
Maine’s congressional delegation isn’t worried about your ballot boxes being “rigged” this November.
Attendees stand during the National Anthem at a rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Cross Insurance Center on Oct. 15, 2016, in Bangor, Maine.

Tiny Maine is getting outsize attention from Clinton, Trump

By Katie Zezima, Washington Post on Oct. 21, 2016, at 9:15 a.m.
The line that divides Maine’s two congressional districts is emblematic of the divides that have emerged this election cycle: urban vs. rural, college educated vs. not, well-off vs. working class, and Clinton vs. Trump.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Delaware, Ohio, Oct. 20, 2016.

Trump says he will accept the election result — if he wins

By Patricia Zengerle, Emily Stephenson and Jill Serjeant, Reuters on Oct. 21, 2016, at 7:12 a.m.
Donald Trump said on Thursday he would accept the result of the Nov. 8 election — “if I win” — fueling Republican concerns his stance would make it harder for his party to maintain control of Congress.
Irene MacDougall (left) hands a ballot to a voter as Laurie Gifford sits next to her on Thursday at Lewiston City Hall. MacDougall said accusations that the election is rigged are "ridiculous."

Maine ballot keepers: Election not rigged

By Bonnie Washuk on Oct. 21, 2016, at 6:22 a.m.
All ballots will be counted, accurately and properly, election worker Irene MacDougall said.
If Question 1 passes, attorney Stephen Langsdorf said it would be reasonable for most employees to treat marijuana use as they do alcohol consumption -- that they shouldn't use or be under its influence at work.

Legal pot would be like alcohol at work, but there’s no good test for it

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 21, 2016, at 6:20 a.m.
If Maine legalizes marijuana, it doesn’t mean employees could light up during smoke breaks. But there will be more incentive for state officials to come up with a workable definition of what it means to be “under the influence.”

The fine print on Maine’s minimum wage question matters to you

on Oct. 21, 2016, at 5:43 a.m.
Eliminating tipped wages is a massive cultural change. It shouldn’t be done in an up-or-down, “oh, by the way” vote.

These Maine employers can test their workers for drugs

on Oct. 21, 2016, at 5 a.m.
Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell speaks at forum sponsored by the Maine Council of Churches about civil discourse in politics on Thursday in Waterville. More than 100 clergy members from around the state attended.

George Mitchell calls on clergy to model civil discourse in divisive election season

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 20, 2016, at 5:28 p.m.
Former Sen. George Mitchell on Thursday reminded about 100 people at a session on civil discourse that “politics has always been rough and tumble in our country.”
Jonathan Fulford

Ethics panel nixes investigation sought by Maine GOP

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 20, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
The Maine Ethics Commission voted Thursday not to pursue an investigation into a California-based organization that has pledged $50,000 in support of a Democratic candidate for the Maine Senate.
Matt Lauzon

House District 12 candidate’s eligibility questioned

By Alan Bennett, Journal Tribune on Oct. 20, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.

In explaining doubts about voting system, LePage says US is ‘not a democracy’

on Oct. 20, 2016, at 2:18 p.m.

Maine Democrats apologize for doctored photo of Air Force veteran in attack mailer

on Oct. 20, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump listens as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during their third and final 2016 presidential campaign debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 19, 2016.

A promising start, then more of same

By Dan Balz, Washington Post on Oct. 20, 2016, at 6:56 a.m.
By the end, it was the story of Trump in Campaign 2016 in microcosm, a series of angry exchanges, interruptions, insults that served to undercut the good he might have accomplished earlier.

Two Democratic operatives lose jobs after James O’Keefe sting

By David Weigel, The Washington Post on Oct. 19, 2016, at 11:38 p.m.
Two little-known but influential Democratic political operatives have left their jobs after video investigations found them entertaining dark notions about how to win elections.
Matthew Silva (center) and Josh Silva (right) watch the last presidential debate at Kosta's Restaurant & Bar in Brewer on Wednesday.

With final presidential debate over, Mainers still not happy about their options

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 19, 2016, at 11:17 p.m.
“We’re a great country. We have great people who could run,” Ken Capron of Portland said. “Where are they?”
Incumbent Bruce Poliquin makes a point while answering a question from a local resident in the 2016 Congressional debate between himself and Challenger Emily Cain held at WAGM Television Station in Presque Isle.

In second debate, Poliquin-Cain turn critical in The County

By Anthony Brino on Oct. 19, 2016, at 9:43 p.m.
Concerns about a stagnant job market and rising taxes in Aroostook County took center stage in the second debate between incumbent 2nd District U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and challenger Emily Cain.
Donald Trump speaks as Hillary Clinton listens during their third and final presidential campaign debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada, Wednesday.

Clinton and Trump open debate with sharp exchange on abortion

By Steve Holland and Amanda Becker, Reuters on Oct. 19, 2016, at 9:42 p.m.
In contrast to the fiery personal attacks of the first two debates, Clinton and Trump had a sharp but issues-based exchange.